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  1. Good evening All, I have decided to join the ranks of Trainers here if you'll have me? I expected a plethora of Hawks, but I was surprised to see only a few. Well I will try and add two. I have no real interest in the Hawk, but I always intended to complete the Airfix 1/27 Spitfire in 19 Sqn colours with the accompanying Hawk in the 2008 anniversary BoB style scheme. Well the Spit is done. I have tried to find a Hawk model I liked, and struggled to find one I liked. I bought a bagged kit, no instructions and no decals as advertised from ebay back in 2011 for £1.20. It has raised panle llines and small strakes rather than the ventral fins adjacent to the air brake - A03086 from the 1975 mould methinks. Then in 2014 came the Revell Red Arrows Hawk from Modelzone in their closing down sale. Nah, soft moulding and indistinct panel lines. This was such a bad kit I couldn't even shift it on ebay at a start price of 99p! Then at the end of 2014 came the Airfix 50 seasons Red Arrows starter set for £6.20, from ebay again. Now we're getting better. The bag has a label of A2005W attached, so this is the 2012 tooling. I have made a small start this week, at this stage so far: The cockpit has been sprayed Alclad Medium Sea Grey. Nope. It's way too 'green' so that will be redone in a more 'grey' grey. So what to do with these random bits of plastic? Well, the Xtradecals Hawk 2008 display Hawks has the BoB anniversary scheme which will adorn the new mould when it is completed. This model will be on its wheels. The older mould will use the 'roundel Hawk' scheme in gloss black with the wheels up, and I plan to use a shaped acrylic rod into the intake to mount it in flight. Being black the raised panel lines won't matter, and all the schemes on the Xtradecals schemes will then be used. The instrument panels of the in-flight Hawk have had a basic representation of the instruments painted on, not great but under the none too clever canopy they should be acceptable. I am modelling for me, not for a competition judge after all. You, dear friends, will be my judges - and you're always kind. The left hand panel is the 'correct' grey for me, the right panel is in the MSG which I feel is too 'green'. A simple fix, but most of the panel as painted will stay as it is; only the rest of the cockpit will be resprayed. Standby for sporadic updates.
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