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Classic Airframes' 1/48 Scale
Hawker Sea Hawk

by John Valo

 

Hawker Sea Hawk

 


Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Hawk may be ordered online from Squadron

 

Introduction

 

For a look at the contents of Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Hawk, see the in-box review elsewhere on HyperScale.


Time for Fleet Air Arm fans to rejoice - Classic Airframes has just released the 1/48 scale Sea Hawk, and it is a beauty!

 



Upon first inspection, some of the engineering looked a bit daunting, with split forward and aft fuselage parts, separate exhaust egresses and resin inserts for the wheel wells and intakes. I'm glad to say, looks aren't everything - all the parts fit with minimal extra work.

 

 

Construction

 

As I usually do with any limited run kit, I spent the first night cutting out and cleaning up parts, and removed most all of the ejector pin stubs.

This is an important step, as a number of the stubs will interfere with parts fit as you progress - better to just get rid of them right off the bat.

Once the basic cleanup was done, the kit went together surprisingly quickly.

I did insert a small piece of sprue to act as a spreader on the top half of the forward fuselage so it would match the lower half precisely. The instructions accurately show that the cockpit tub must be thinned a bit to fit over the nosewheel well roof. The cockpit is nicely detailed and looks the part when washed and dry-brushed. A quarter ounce of weight worked perfectly to prevent tail-sitting. The main wheel well insert fit perfectly, and is rife with detail. Likewise, the resin air intakes were a perfect fit. The separate exhaust fairings need to be gently sanded to fit the forward fuselage; this is also noted in the instructions. I tacked one fairing to the left side of the rear fuselage, and one to the right forward fuselage, and was able to mate the assemblies and tweak the fit of the fairings as necessary. The resin jetpipes are a bit too long for the fairings; these were simply sanded to size.

I can't comment on how the wing folds work, as I wanted to build my Sea Hawk clean with the wings extended. The mating edges of the wings and root sections need careful cleaning up and dry-fitting to achieve a smooth joint.

Small plastic spacers are provided to span the joint, and these need some careful thinning and sanding to tweak the fit, to avoid any bulging at the joint. Once cleaned up, the outer panels slid in place nicely, with only a touch of putty necessary to fill some very minor gaps.

The stabilizer and associated acorn fairing fit well to the vertical stabilizer, just be careful to watch the alignment of the tail surfaces.

 



The landing gear is straightforward and well enough detailed. After assembly, I noticed that the main gear upper doors seem to hang a bit low; these should probably be shortened a bit.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

I finished my Sea Hawk in PollyScale acrylics.

The decals are beautifully printed by Microscale and provide markings for three British aircraft and one Dutch. The Suez stripes fit nicely, but the white of the fuselage roundel let the stripes show through a bit. I rectified this by cutting out two small circles of white from a spare sheet and doubling-up the white areas before applying the red centers.

An eggshell-sheen clear coat finished the job.

 



The one-piece canopy is very clear and benefits from a bath in Future. I used a razor saw to cut mine open - if you do this, be sure to thoroughly layer tape on the 'glass' areas before sawing, as an errant skip of the blade can really ruin a good day!

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Classic Airframes Sea Hawk builds into an absolutely beautiful model.

 

 

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this lovely airplane, and I'm glad to have it in my collection - gotta love those stripes!

Recommended to Sea Hawk fans everywhere.

 

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2004 by John C. Valo
Page Created 09 July, 2004
Last Updated 09 July, 2004

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