OzMods 1/144 Hawk T.1
By Bruce Simard
One thing I definitely want to mention at this point is the detailed engraving. The external details on this model are some of the best I've seen, and could rival some 1/72nd scale kits. It is sharp and extremely clean - kudos to you, OzMods! These details really enhance the model and look just right after painting and finishing. If nothing else, you really need to check that out.
Next we get to the wing. This suffers the usual problem of thick trailing edges. While this problem can be solved with sanding, there goes some of that great scribing I was just raving about. The fit of the wing leaves a little to be desired. I'm referring to the usual wing to fuselage gap, on this one definitely needed filling. But again, this is not unusual on short run kits. The landing gear and struts needed quite a bit of clean up. The selection of stores I was quite pleased with, choices of the external fuel tanks, the centerline gun pod, or clean wing. I chose to complete mine with the external fuel tanks, no particular reason.
The gear doors are all way too thick, I replaced these with plastic sheet stock. Which, considering the size, is no big deal, took me all of about 20 minutes and definitely makes the finished product look better. I also replaced the thick pitot tube with a section of brass rod, cut to size.
P.S......How about a PC-9, OzMods ?????