Scale :- 1/48
Manufacturer :- Italeri No.2669 New Tooling
Type :- Injection molded plastic
Decals :- Printed by Cartograf.
Extras :- Cockpit photo-etch
Price :- Approx £24.99
The box contents are made up of five sprues, four light grey and one small sprue for the clear parts. Molding quality is very good with nice crisp panel lines and raised areas where needed. The clear parts are also well molded with the detonation cord included in the canopy. The instructions are clear and precise with the images being of the actual parts rather than normal drawings.
The excellent clear parts.
Raised rivet detail on the rear fuselage.
Nicely presented instruction sheet.
A nice touch is the included Photo-etch. On the fret are replacement panels for both the front and rear cockpits, seat belts and canopy rear view mirrors. For those that wish not to use the PE, decals are also included to represent the cockpit instruments.
The decal sheet by Cartograf looks great and has been really well printed. Five options are included, three from the RAF, and one each from the Royal Navy and Swiss Air Force.
These are :-
XX247/CM RAF 7th Flying School Chivenor 1992 - Overall Grey
XX226/74 RAF 4th Flying Training Sqn Valley 2001 - Overall Gloss Black
XX256/256 RAF 2nd Tactical Weapons Unit Chivenor 1981 - Camo
XX245 RNAS FRADU Yeovilton 1998 - Gloss Black
U-1269/69 Swiss AF Fliegerschule Emmen 1992 - Red/White
For the after market guys amongst you, companies like Eduard, Model Alliance and Two Mikes resin have bought out many parts to improve and detail your Hawk.
Overall the kit looks great, from the excellent molding to the option of positioning the flaps and rudder as you want them.Unfortunately there is a small issue with the shape of the nose area but overall the kit looks like it builds into a very nice example of the BAe Hawk.