1/32 Kinetic Hawk 127 RAAF
By Eric Galliers
Here is my Hawk 127 that I converted from the new Kinetic kit. These are the best pics I could come up with of the finished model before it gets packed away and flown interstate for a model comp*. As I always say, I would rather build than photograph! I am glad it is now finished as it proved to be a bit more of a change from the standard kit than I expected. A disappointing lack of external stores (apart from sidewinders and tank) led to a scratch building odyssey that resulted in both sets of pylons, gun pod and CBLS pods as well as new instrument panels. I would have cast the panels but decided not to as there was another resin set that was released just before I was going to take moulds of mine.
There are a number of people that I would like to thank in helping with making this kit as accurate as possible, in particular: Darren Mottram, Mick Evans and Peter White.
I have prepared a detailed PDF file on the mods and other stuff that I did to it (download PDF, 1.4MB)
Here is the list of stuff I did to the kit (there is more but not mentioned):
- Scratch built instrument panels
- New throttles
- Modified Control Sticks
- Modified nose leg
- Changed some details on the main gear legs and added brake lines
- Added raised rivets under the rear of the fuselage and parachute pack housing
- Scratch built inner and outer pylons
- Scratch built gun pod
- added 2 new aerials
- 3D printed CBLS 200 pods and scratch built BDU-33 bomblets
- added a highly modified Matterhorn circle detonation cord to the canopy
- Scribed missed panel lines
- Scratch built the two horizontal antennas either side of the tail
- Removed the vortex generators aft of the outer wing fence
* Editor's Note: Eric's Hawk won first place in Large Scale Jets at the 2013 Australian Model Expo, as well as awards for Best Kinetic Model and Best Military Aircraft:
There is a build thread for this model in the LSP forums.
© Eric Galliers 2013
This article was published on Wednesday, June 12 2013; Last modified on Wednesday, June 12 2013