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  1. Here is my "Red Arrows`" Hawk in 1/32 scale. Built with Revell 04284 kit, Eduard`s interior PE parts, Master`s Pitot tube and some "scratch" work (mainly flaps). I thought it will be easy and relaxing work, but it wasn`t. I don`t expect miracles from 1/32 kit which costs about 20 GBP, but Revell`s Hawk has some annoying errors and too many simplifications as for 1/32, not so old (2010) model kit. First of all it`s designed to show in flight position (it has movable ailerons and rudder with retracted flaps, while on ground flaps should be extended with ailerons and rudder in neutral position!). Something`s wrong with elevator position either. There are not any rivets, also a lack of plates under elevator`s mounting positions is visible. Details in cockpit are not so bad, but seat belts from decals are not very good idea - that`s why I used Eduard`s PE sets. The worst thing in this kit is... red plastic!!! It`s really hard to work with it and the moldings are not very good quality because of it! I think that later edition (04849) with grey plasic would be a better option if you would like to build a Revell`s 1/32 Hawk. Main colors are painted with Xtracolor enamels (oh, what a long drying time!), covered with Microscale Gloss and polished with Tamiya polishing compound. Decals in the kit are of good quality, but the white elements are little transparent, so I`ve overpainted them with white acrylic. Summarizing - it takes a little work and patience to make a good 1/32 Hawk from Revell`s kit, but once you`ll finish it - it looks great on the shelf! At least from the distance...
  2. I have just bought the Eduard 1/72 zoom set SS354 for the Airfix Hawk T.1A. However this has made me wonder. It is advertised as parts for the T.1A, but a few illstrations of the airframe on the instruction sheet looks more like the Hawk 100 (T.2). And the instrument panels as seen in the picture above, contains a couple of large glass screens. Is this correct? The Kuivalainen PE sheet (also made by Eduard), as seen below, is intended for the FAF Hawks and has the earlier type of instruments which I believe were originally also fitted in the RAF Hawks. So question is; have the T.1A:s been upgraded with "glass cockpits", or is the Eduard set actually for the Hawk T.2 and the Kuivalainen sheet more apropriate for the T.1A? Apart from the instrument panels (and the price!), the two sheets are virtually identical.
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