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Hawk 127 LIF

Correction and Update Set for Airfix Hawk 100

 

 

 

R&R Models, 1/48 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Stock Number & Description: R&R Models RR48001 - Hawk LIF 127
Correction and Detail Set for Airfix Hawk 100
Scale: 1/48
Price: AUD$45.00 (approx. USD$34.00) available direct via email from R&R Models. Preferred payment method is via Paypal to rrmodels@ozemail.com.au . Australia Post Money Orders can also be accepted for local orders. Postage & Packaging anywhere in Australia for up to 3 sets is AUD$5.00. Overseas orders should email for exact postage rate. Email rrmodels@ozemail.com.au for ordering and inquiries
Contents and Media: 23 pieces in pale cream-coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very obvious improvement on the shape of the Airfix kit nose; excellent detail; simple parts breakdown; high quality casting.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

The 1/48 scale Airfix Hawk 100 kit includes marking options for an RAAF Hawk 127 LIF, but it does not provide the specific parts to build this colourful machine. The Australian Hawk 127 LIF features a unique cockpit designed to simulate an F/A-18 Hornet, thus offering maximum value to the RAAF as a Lead In Fighter (LIF).

The nose of the Airfix kit is also misshapen. The real thing is sleek and chisel-like, while the Airfix nose is noticeably too bulbous.

R&R Models has chosen to address both of these shortcomings with their debut effort.

R&R's 1/48 scale Hawk 127 LIF correction and update set comprises 23 parts in pale cream coloured resin (sprayed grey in these photos to show the detail more effectively). The largest part is a well-cast, once-piece replacement nose. This is a much more accurate shape than the Airfix attempt. There is also some nice detail cleverly cast inside the nose wheel well.

 

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The R&R set also features a complete replacement cockpit. This is also very well done. It includes a large tub casting, two Martin Baker MB.10 seats, new glass instrument panels with integrally cast coamings; sidewalls, rear bulkhead and smaller cockpit parts such as rudder pedals, control columns and Head Up Display. I was especially impressed with the detailed and accurate instrument panels, and that the two bang seats had different arrangements of the cast-on lap harnesses on the seat cushions - really nice attention to detail.

 

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A section of upper fuselage behind the cockpit is also replaced with a resin part.

 

 

The quality of casting is generally very high, with only a few areas requiring a bit of tidying up - sanding and polishing - before assembly and painting.

Casting blocks do not look too imposing. The large block on which the tub is cast should not need to be completely removed, but there will be considerable thinning of the inside of the kit sidewalls (as noted in the instructions) before fitting the resin cockpit.

Instructions comprise written notes and a series of construction photos. This is quite a useful guide.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If you are a fan of Aussie Hawks and you were planning to build the 1/48 scale Airfix kit, you will be very pleased to see this high quality conversion.

R&R are to be congratulated for this very high quality debut effort. It will make a big difference to the Airfix Hawk in terms of both accuracy and detail.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to R&R Models for the review sample


Text Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Images Copyright 2006 by Gary Wickham
Page Created 04 August, 2006
Last updated 04 August, 2006

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