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I started the build from Red Arrows Airfix box and intended to do a black Hawk XX-193. During the initial work I realised that Airfix produces two different sprues and kits of BAe Hawk. From the Red Arrows box is only possible to build the Hawk of that acrobatic group. The kit hasn´t the gunsight and is generally simplified and cheaper. The canopy is one piece, there are a minor differences in panel lines, the wing is moulded together with aerodynamic fences. The fitting and building of this kit version is surprisingly slightly better than the other kit. Unfortunately I don´t understand why there is missing the rear part with tubes for making coloured vapour trails. Generally as I wrote in my building thread, I am quite disappointed with overall quality of all the Airfix kits. At the end I build both kits. The Red Arrow and the other in black. (Later I will also post it into the gallery). The choice of the camouflage of Red Arrows was not easy as one man could expect. The planes were time to time a slightly different in marking. Finally I was interesting in the Hawk XX179. I found that the XX179 flew first female pilot Flt. Lt. Kirsty Moore at the Cotswold Airshow 2011 under formation no.5. Unfortunately I was not able to collect exact time sequence of her career. In some time period she was named Kirsty Steward and then also Kirsty Murphy as she got married with former Red Arrows squadron leader Ben Murphy. Unfortunately the career of Kirsty in Red Arrows team was ended due to certain psychological aspects as there were two serious accidents with pilots dead. In the first one in august 2011 near Bournemouth air base the Hawk XX-179 was completely destroyed.