Fritag Posted March 14, 2015 Share Posted March 14, 2015 (edited) ADDED BY EDIT ON 8/9/2021 - THERE’S A SUMMARY ON PAGE 139 IF YOU WANT TO SAVE SOME TIME ALBEIT YOU’LL MISS OUT ON SOME STORIES AND CHAT It seems to me that most folk with an interest in aviation like the Hawk. What's not to love? And most of us have seen it - whether in the able hands of Red Arrows or in the Mach Loop or via some of the breath taking photographs that clever chaps with expensive cameras take at the Mach Loop. I like it too. As a youngster I was lucky enough to earn my flying badge on the Hawk at RAF Valley - and then to begin to learn how to operate an aircraft, drop bombs, fire guns and fly tactically - both offensively and defensively - on the TWU (Tactical Weapons Unit) course at RAF Chivenor. The Hawk is probably the nicest and best handling aircraft I ever flew - if you've handled a Hawk in a 1 v 1 - through the hi and low speed yo yo's, held it on the edge of the light pre-stall buffet in a turning fight, and forced it into the heavy buffet on the edge of a flick and spin for a low speed scissors - then IMHO you've experienced some of the most pure fun that flying has to offer. Even if you were cr*p at it and spent rather too much time looking over your shoulder at the other aircraft than seeing it in front of you.................... So I have awfully fond memories of the old Hawk and seeing as I've now built the Chipmunk and the Jet Provost 3 and 5 it's time for a Hawk or two. These will be Hawks from the early to mid 1980's. 1983 for the Valley Hawk and 1984 for the Chivenor Hawk. Like with the Chippie and the JPs I've picked examples from my log book and these are they: The Valley Hawk is going to be a T Mk1 - XX176. Here she is with yours truly mangling the controls on 18 July 1983. You'll have to forgive young Fritag - he's only 19 at this point: You'll see that she has the early style Mark 10 bang seats with the larger head box, she has the Fred Sutton tail (have a look at Geedubelyers frankly awesome Revell 1/32 Red Arrows build for all the info on that) and she also has strobe lights top and bottom rather then the older less effective anti-collison lights. I had been planning to build XX312 - cos I've got some better picture of hers with me on board later in the same month: But then I noticed that she's bearing the CFS crest on her tail rather than the 4FTS badge that 176 is wearing - and it's the 4FTS badge that I want. BTW - CT should have chosen her for his LED Hawk build - look at that nose light shining in the murk......... Alongside 176 I shall do a wrap around camouflage Hawk from Chivenor. I've chosen XX263; and here she is with a wide eyed and no doubt terrified young Fritag hanging on for grim death sometime in about April 1984. He has at least remembered to bring the gear up - after all he now has his RAF wings and is an old man of 20 years of age......... If I close my eyes I can still picture the sight of another Hawk bobbing up down a few feet away during a formation take off or landing. She also has the early head box, Fred Sutton tail and strobe lights. XX263 is actually a TMk1A as she was wired for sidewinders - but there is no real difference on the outside (unless of course she were carrying sidewinders!) and in the cockpit the only real difference is a few more switches and indicators. The TWU's had both T Mk 1's and T Mk 1A's on inventory. Oh - I've just noticed that you can see my map sitting on the coaming. Trouble is - If I recreate that on my model now Garth will claim that I've pinched the idea from him and his awesome Tornado GR4 build In this piccie XX263 is wearing pylons but no CBLS or gun pod. I haven't yet decided whether or not to model her with CBLS or gun pod - something to think about later. Since my return to modelling I've only done models in the training scheme of red/white and grey (chippie and JPs) so I think in due time I'll be calling for help on how to best to capture the wrap around camouflage! I have started playing with bits and pieces on the build - but only really to get as far as deciding that I'll use the latest tooling of the Airfix Hawk (A5502A) as the basis of the builds and to start thinking about what needs doing. I had to choose between the Airfix A5502A (top in the photo below) - which is what CT used in his lovely red arrows build - or the older Airfix A03085 (middle in the photo) - which Bill didn't think a whole lot of in his charity build - ot the Revell/Italeri offering (bottom in the photo) which I soon rejected for reasons that I'll explain later. Hannants have had the Airfix offerings on special offer at half price on occasion recently and so I picked up 3 of the Airfix new tools at £3.95 (yes) each. As well as one of the older ones. So I've a couple of spares that I can play with and practice on. I also have the old Matchbox Red Arrows Hawk - which I'm afraid is generally good only as a paint mule - but does at least show what a pretty aeroplane we have here : Oh - and it has I think helped me out with one really quite useful part - which again I'll explain later. That's it for now - before this opening post gets too unwieldy. I'll post a few more picks of my prep work/thinking so far a little later. P'raps I should say this tho'. The good thing (I hope) is that the Airfix kit is several generations newer than the old chippie and JP5 ones I've previously done as WIPs - so I'd like to think they won't need so much work and that this WIP will be a whole bunch shorter and won't trespass on folks patience so much I'm not promising that I'll be working any faster of course - just hoping that i won't have so much to do. Thanks for looking Steve Edited January 18 by Fritag 32 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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