Hawker Sea Hawk
FB Mk.3 / FGA Mk.50
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH72080 Hawker Sea Hawk FB Mk.3/FGA Mk.50
grey plastic parts (some not for use) on two sprues, 1 clear
injected canopy, 23 resin parts, 44 photo-etched parts on
one fret plus 1 clear film for instruments and gun sights
and 4 double sided A5 instruction sheets with history, parts
plan, build diagrams and decal/paint drawings.
USD$21.46 from Squadron.com
beautifully moulded with under wing ordinance.
||Not for the beginner;
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Hawker Sea Hawk is available online from
I had already bought the MPM version
(72094) of this kit when Brett gave me the Special Hobby 1/72 scale
Hawker Sea Hawk FB Mk.3/FGA Mk.50 to review.
MPMís is a nice kit of the Sea Hawk but
lacks detail somewhat.
The new offering from Special
Hobby addresses this situation in spades. Talk about going from one
extreme to the other! With the same plastic as MPM, including a basic
interior [not for use] and the German tall tail [also not for use],
there is a host of resin and PE parts including a highly detailed
cockpit tub which also has the nose wheel bay under neath. This part
should add enough weight to cause the model not to be a tail sitter. If
not, there is a cavity in front of it where extra weight could be added.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
For ease of construction or moulding, the
fuselage and main plane are moulded together and split horizontally.
This means there will be no problem with the small amount of wing
dihedral although some care will have to be taken to hide the join on
the nose sides. The tail, from just aft of the jet pipes, is split
vertically and the join to the front section is on a panel line although
a small section near the jet pipes will need to be hidden.
The resin, apart from the cockpit, which includes a detailed ejection
seat and sidewalls, is mainly for the under-wing ordinance [Aim-9, drop
tanks and 500lb bombs] and the PE, similarly, apart from the cockpit
[instrument panel and seat belts] is for the missile, bomb and tank
fins. A third resin drop tank is supplied which has damage received from
Egyptian AA fire in the Suez crisis in November 1956. Cool! The Aim-9
missiles are only for the Dutch example.
Decals, beautifully printed by Aviprint, are for two aircraft - one
Royal Navy and one Dutch Navy [Kon. Marine]. Both are Ground Attack
versions with the British aircraft having the black and yellow stripes
of the Suez campaign.
The only criticisms I can make of this kit is that there are no colour
recommendations for either the cockpit or the wheel wells and the canopy
is a one piece item restricting the view of all that lovely cockpit
detail. With a bit of care, the canopy could be cut open with a razor
saw and a copy of 4+s Hawker Sea Hawk book will provide all the colour
details you will want. It would appear that MPM/Special Hobby have used
this excellent reference book in the production of this kit as all the
aircraft examples are included in it.
Although post-war jets are not my forte,
this is one that Iím really looking forward to building, perhaps as a
build report for Hyperscale.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 04 January, 2005
Last updated 03 January, 2005
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