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H-75A-1/3 Hawk
"In French Service"
 

Azur, 1/32 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Azur kit no. A045 - H-75A-1/3 Hawk "In French Service"
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: 114 parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 39 clear injection moulded parts; 38 parts in cream-coloured resin, 1 x colour photo-etched fret; 1 x standard photo-etched fret; decals for two aircraft.
Price: USD$71.96 available online from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Important and attractive subject; crisp consistent surface detail (recessed panel lines, subtle fabric detail); highly detailed cockpit and engine; thin trailing edges; no sink marks in visible locations; includes resin and coloured photo-etched parts; excellent thin and distortion free clear parts; optional spinner hub, windscreen styles, cockpit parts and machine guns; high quality decals; separate elevators and rudders; simple engineering.
Disadvantages: Some flash to clean up; no locating pins means previous experience will be helpful.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green


 Azur's 1/32 scale H-75 is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

Special Hobby delivered their 1/32 scale P-36A "Pearl Harbour Defender" late last year. Now, from the same stable, Azur has released its 1/32 scale Curtiss H-75A-1/3 Hawk "In French Service".

Azur shares its 114 grey plastic and 15 clear parts with last year's P-36, but the package has been significantly upgraded with 38 new resin parts, a larger colour photo-etch fret, a second standard PE fret and markings for three colourful French Hawks..

The surface features crisp and consistently recessed panel lines with convincingly subtle fabric texture on control surfaces. Shell ejection ports are cut all the way through the wing - a nice touch..

The big ejector pins that often plague the inner surfaces of limited-run kits are rare, and none will interfere with fit or be visible when the kit is assembled.

 

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The forward fuselage and engine cowl is moulded as a separate assembly, suggesting that we will see the short-nosed P-36 / Hawk 75 variants from Special Hobby some time in the future. Cowl flaps are moulded shut.

There is a little flash to clean up on some of the parts, notably the undercarriage, but the story is otherwise very good. There are no sink marks or other imperfections anywhere on the visible exterior surfaces of the model. Trailing edges of the wings and tailplanes are sharp.

However, as good as the moulding is, there are no locating pins so extra time and care will be required to align the parts perfectly. That nose to fuselage to wing root join looks especially tricky. I would recommend gluing some tabs to the inside of the fuselage to assist alignment and reinforce the join with the nose.

Detail of the kit is very good. The engine features fine cooling fin detail on the cylinders and a separate ring of push rods. The only detail wanting is an ignition harness. In this large scale, the extra work will be well worthwhile. Engine assembly will be quite straightforward with only eight parts in total.

The cockpit is comprehensive. For starters, it is the correct depth, and the basic shapes of the seat, sidewalls, instrument panel, rudder pedals and rear bulkhead look accurate. Almost the entire cockpit is fitted out with resin and photo-etched. The resin is very well detailed, including a fine seat with a realistic cushion, deep sidewall detail and authentic instrument panel with the instrument housings protruding from the back. All this lovely resin is supplemented with parts from the large pre-painted photo-etch set. Some of these elements include a harness, instrument panel, rudder assemblies and sidewall details.

Two alternate resin gun cowls are also included.

Eight additional resin parts are packed separately for the main landing gear legs and retraction mechanism.

 

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Rudder and elevators are supplied as separate parts with photo-etched actuators, but dropped flaps are not an option.

The clear parts are very thin and totally free of distortion. Although they are not destined for this version, the clear sprue includes three alternative styles of windscreen. Navigation lights are also supplied.

 

 

Markings are supplied for three aircraft, two in Armee de L'air service in 1940, and one Vichy machine in service during 1941. The decals are clear, crisply printed and in perfect register.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Azur's 1/32 scale H-75A-1/3 Hawk is an impressive and well-detailed kit.

The additional resin and photo-etched parts mean that modellers will not have to fork out for after-market accessories, and the three French markings are certainly very attractive too.

The lack of locating pins and the nature of the manufacturing process means that more care will be required to build this kit than, say, one of Tamiya's offerings. Some previous experience will certainly be helpful.

Even so, Azur's 1/32 scale H-75A-1/3 Hawk is a classy package that just cries out to be built.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 07 July, 2006
Last updated 07 July, 2006

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