I'm dealing with the internal blast shield next. A coat of cream colour around the edges (this is an interior frame on the Hawk and sits under the canopy perspex). Revell wants me to stick it to the inside of the canopy. It appears Airfix stick theirs to the area forward of the rear pilot's instrument coaming.
I had a look at my daughter's Red Arrow Hawk, kit number A02005, for comparison and the Airfix instructions for this kit tell you to fix it to the canopy.
So it does Rick, I was looking at the A02005A instructions which now have you place the shield onto the coaming. I'm not sure how I'll tackle this just yet, if the shield is slightly out it'll stand out like dogs bits against the canopy frame.
I've managed to get the interior shield in using white glue, looks good. Fitted the canopy into place and now cleaning up the obvious flaws and adding aerials and the nose gear doors. I've noticed that, despite the less desirable nature of the Italeri/Revell kit over the Airfix offering(s), there are a few details that Revell have included which Airfix appear to not have. Namely the wing leading edge stall strips, and the rear nose wheel gear door.
In true jinxed fashion after dropping my Hellcat build, I dropped the Hawk and had to reattach the nose pitot tube and one of the ventral stabilisers. All is well again, I have since repaired, primed, touched up and will apply the first white coat soon. No pictures at the moment sorry. I'm finding the red plastic a shocker to deal with, it tended to bleed through primer. I'm hoping the paint will deal to it, don't think I could stand a pink Hawk!
I heard there is a primer come sealant you get for plastics such as red. It isolates the plastic from the primer coat if you want to use white etc...
I can't recommend one in particular but I found the yellow halfords filler primer covered the red on the Ferrari that bleed through perfectly although you would have to use it sparingly as it's a high build primer.
The canopy was then set into place using white glue, and the tail planes and various aerials fitted. The tail planes were not a positive fit so I again referred to the Airfix instructions to get the correct angles.
The white areas are painted (the upper fuselage forward of the tape and the upper surface of the main wings). The red kept on showing faintly through the primer and paint (hence my earlier comments regarding the pink hue), so a gloss white coat was applied and this did the job I was after.
Cheers Ian. I recently got the Italeri boxing of the Hawk T1 for a great price, still sealed and exactly the same mould. Except it is moulded in white. Still, should be easier than red. Including this one I now have five Hawk T1's. A few variations on schemes are in order to use up that Xtradecal sheet.
The red is going on the Hawk in thin layers, having whitened the tail area as a base colour. I'm having a little trouble with the translucent nature of the signal red paint.
Been a rather busy guy with work and finishing my house renovations, so no further progress yet. To keep the build alive and to ease Rick's mind, I have managed to sneak some colour onto the Hawk, no pictures yet though. Another few weeks and I should be able to get back to building some models.
Well, I'm way overdue on this one, apologies to Rick. But progress has been made. The paint job is not as straight forward as you might think, especially in 1/72 scale. Nearly there, had to (yet again) reattach the nose pitot and just minor touch ups to go. The red looks like it's got an orange tinge in the photos, but I assure you it doesn't in real life.
Well, I'm way overdue on this one, apologies to Rick. But progress has been made. The paint job is not as straight forward as you might think, especially in 1/72 scale. Nearly there, had to (yet again) reattach the nose pitot and just minor touch ups to go. The red looks like it's got an orange tinge in the photos, but I assure you it doesn't in real life. View attachment 151365View attachment 151366View attachment 151367