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GROUP BUILDS => The 2018 One Week Build => Topic started by: Dizzyfugu on June 06, 2018, 07:53:03 am

Title: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 06, 2018, 07:53:03 am
Well, it's a weird coincidence, but my contribution will be a response (after three years) to a submission from the 2015 One Week GB: a Hawker Sea Hawk trainer variant built then by Glenn Gilbertson, who called for alternative interpretations of the theme:

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u68/glenngilbertson/P1190593_zpsugymrbbo.jpg)

More here: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,40426.msg680191.html#msg680191

He (successfully) mated a Sea Hawk fuselage with the nose section of a Hawker Hunter two-seater - a nice concept (since there had never been a Sea Hawk trainer), even though I personally found the result to look a little nose-heavy. However, the idea made it onto my project list, and now it's time to offer my alternative of the theme.  ;D

My build will be based on the lovely Hobby Boss Sea Hawk in 1:72, but the nose section will come from a different donor aircraft. And my Sea Hawk trainer will probably end up in classic late Fifties USN colors and markings.

Parts set aside, waiting for the GB to start officially...  :wacko:
Title: Re: A little rhinoplasty, revisited
Post by: The Chaos on June 07, 2018, 08:43:21 am
This looks  :mellow:
Title: Re: A little rhinoplasty, revisited (another Sea Hawk trainer)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 09, 2018, 07:51:40 am
A re-edit of the post: the look at the ingredients:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1760/28837211238_2604d15f7e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWffed)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/KWffed) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Things are moving, and so far, as expected, quickly. Separate work on the cockpit section (new interior, including a floor and rear bulkheads) and the fuselage (halves closed, tail and stabilizers mounted) speed the project up, but the complicated task - the "golden cut that will mate the new cockpit to the fuselage - lie still ahead.

A look at the main landing gear wells - a very nice kit!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1748/41992805444_093407a602_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26YL73Y)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/26YL73Y) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Here's a look at the cockpit: left over srom my recent BAC Bushmaster build, the ruins of a Matchbox Strikemaster fuselage. Since the cockpit is rather primitive and empty, I added a floor and rear bulkhead, and it will receive different (= better) seats.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1740/40900978390_1e0c8d5ebc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25jhcUA)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/25jhcUA) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1758/28837205718_7d82693c14_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWfdA3)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/KWfdA3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Here's a look into the air intakes - even with a duct simulation!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1738/40900975890_a521c2719e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25jhcau)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/25jhcau) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The lower fuselage half; the landing gear wells are already in place and the front section has been cut away in the hopefully right position. The plan is not to make the forward fuselage longer than the original.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1722/42662118552_25e13e8854_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZUvw9)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZUvw9) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

...and this is the completed hull, right before the major cuts:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1730/28837201958_68a5d1d8c5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWfctd)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/KWfctd) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: A little rhinoplasty, revisited (another Sea Hawk trainer)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 10, 2018, 12:42:26 am
Day #1 already ended with the successful nose transplantation and the first coat of (massive) putty. Ahead of my personal progress guesstimate - and, after the first PSR tour this morning, the rhinoplasty looks vers successful. Weird thing is, though, that the result reminds A LOT of a McDonnell F2H Banshee night fighter!  :unsure: Odd!

Here's a look into the modified cockpit. The canopy will also be cut away, so that it can be displayed in open position:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1748/42662378402_f3b4c5eee3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVQLj)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVQLj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Then, things became serious: the cut on the Strikemaster nose! I settled for a staggered cut, so that I could use the original spine section behind the canopy, for an even transition into the Sea Hawk's dorsal section:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1734/42662374642_e0886718a5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVPDu)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVPDu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

With the donor cockpit as benchmark, the upper half of the Sea Hawk's fuselage cout be cut open, and with some slight trimming things looked like this on the 1st day's evening:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1734/42662371812_93d7976cb4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVNNG)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVNNG) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Last measure of day #1: lots of putty, so that it could cure well over night.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1749/42662369522_cac6e935c6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVN8d)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/27ZVN8d) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: A little rhinoplasty, revisited (another Sea Hawk trainer)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 10, 2018, 05:14:26 am
Second PSR turn, and things start looking "good". Even though I am not certain about the eventual outcome. If the original is a "Sea Hawk", then we might now get a "Puffin"?!

Progress is still good, though.

Here are some live pics from day #2, afternoon.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1759/42711330831_eb6a7fe67a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/285fJBH)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/285fJBH) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1731/42711332201_6244ef5ee8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/285fK2k)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/285fK2k) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

The flat Strikemaster bottom is the biggest challenge, which results in a square shape. Blending it into the circular Sea Hawk body is not easy, but the result so far looks surprisingly conclusive.
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 10, 2018, 09:19:53 am
That's a lot closer to copies of the HSA drawings I've seen.  Although I'd like to see it done with a P1081 instead...
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 10, 2018, 10:24:22 am
Lookin' good!
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 11, 2018, 11:46:51 pm
Impressions from deep into day #2.

Dry-fitting the canopy - looks a bit tadpole-ish, just like Glenn Gilbertson's approach. But, effectively, the whole thing is just a little (2-3mm) longer than the original Sea Hawk.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1726/27868803647_0b902676d5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JsEUoB)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/JsEUoB) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


A look at the belly. You might guess the heavy body work involved into the intersection between the flat Strikemaster underside and the round Sea Hawk fuselage. Looks pretty conclusive, though.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1760/27868799837_6f7a096ae0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JsETfV)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/JsETfV) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The kit comes with a lot of antennae as OOB parts, but I replaced them with thin wire.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1740/40927374050_7734fa3db6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25mBuqb)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/25mBuqb) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and at sunset the kit was ready for painting. Things started with a coat of a very light grey from the rattle can on the undersides...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1735/41838183945_a5a6728891_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26K6Ct4)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/26K6Ct4) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

while the wheel well covers still wait for their paint shower on a piece of tape:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1721/40927377860_f4e47b71ac_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25mBvxS)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/25mBvxS) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2018, 04:46:18 am
That's looking remarkably good Thomas, and VERY plausible too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 12, 2018, 05:06:00 am
Thank you. Well, the thing is a bit tadpole-ish, and also reminds of the A-6 Intruder. But it does not look worse than the TF-102, when compared with its fighter ancestor.
However, I am amazed how well the Strikemaster nose fits onto the Sea Hawk fuselage, and without the original air intake "ears" it looks much more elegant.
The nose section has something Sea Venom-ish about it? Looks very British to me.  ;D
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2018, 06:40:53 am
That's looking remarkably good Thomas, and VERY plausible too!  :thumbsup:

Very much so
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2018, 09:16:41 am

The nose section has something Sea Venom-ish about it? Looks very British to me.  ;D


Yes, the big fat canopy looks very much like a Sea Venom, especially the later ones with the bulge above the pilot's head.
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 12, 2018, 09:51:37 am
More news, from yesterday evening (Day #3) and this morning (landing gear added):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1750/42707919922_331bd55853_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/284XfEW)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/284XfEW) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1758/40946785390_f8968114b0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25ojYJs)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/25ojYJs) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1749/27888426717_0eb30771db_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JuptDp)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/JuptDp) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


As the next step the landing gear will be painted, and then a light black ink wash will follow. Looking very good so far!  :lol:
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Snowtrooper on June 12, 2018, 02:17:27 pm
The Strikemaster nose is definitely characteristically British and since it's quite narrow, suits well to all kinds of two-seater conversions such as this :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Weaver on June 12, 2018, 06:07:54 pm
Thank you. Well, the thing is a bit tadpole-ish, and also reminds of the A-6 Intruder. But it does not look worse than the TF-102, when compared with its fighter ancestor.
However, I am amazed how well the Strikemaster nose fits onto the Sea Hawk fuselage, and without the original air intake "ears" it looks much more elegant.
The nose section has something Sea Venom-ish about it? Looks very British to me.  ;D

Funnily enough, I was going to post that a two-seat Vampire/Venom front end would be the optimum way to do this if you had a free choice of donor kits. One option for my FAA-buys-USA timeline is a Grumman Panther night-fighter using this principle.
Title: Re: Sea Hawk trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin'), now with pics
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 12, 2018, 11:40:25 pm
LOL, the Panther night fighter as a side-by-side two seater was another idea I had at the same time, but found the Strikemaster nose to look rather radar-less, so that the Sea Venom nose would certainly be the better option. On the other hand, the Sea Venom nose on the Sea Hawk could make a great night fighter variant, e. g. for Germany, since the Marineflieger variant had a radar pod under the wing?

Besides, yesterday saw, beyond the wash work, also panel shading with white and FS36118, as well as some detail painting (antenna blades, hook, landing gear). This morning I also put the cockpit together - the dashboard received a decal with instruments (from an Airfix Seaking, fits well into the space), the twin seats were finished and mounted, and as a small eye catcher I placed a bright red fire extinguisher between the seat on the rear bulkhead. Looks very good, better than the OOB offering.

I guess that decalling will start this evening, I am already gathering material from various sources.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 13, 2018, 10:45:37 am
Updates from yesterday's progress...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1754/42729300202_a8d02a4165_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/286QQhs)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/286QQhs) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1760/42061622774_b65c65170a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/275QP3E)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/275QP3E) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1747/42729297042_da7bd1b23e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/286QPkY)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/286QPkY) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and live impressions from today (decals):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1728/42061620364_985461b462_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/275QNk7)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/275QNk7) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1752/42061619004_7d4500dd71_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/275QMVE)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20 trainer; 1958 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/275QMVE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 13, 2018, 11:47:08 pm
This morning the Puffin stood on its three legs for the first time. Some detail work to do, but then the final coat of varnish will follow today.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2018, 02:59:42 am
Those dayglow panels totally transform it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 14, 2018, 03:34:58 am
I think so, too. I found it to be a nice addition, totally breaking up the dark grey/white livery. Probably very unlikely in real life (an all silver machine with dayglo markings would IMHO be more plausible), but it looks so anachronistic and cool that I went with the idea and added stripes wherever possible.  ;)
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2018, 03:52:08 am

 Probably very unlikely in real life (an all silver machine with dayglo markings would IMHO be more plausible), but it looks so anachronistic and cool that I went with the idea and added stripes wherever possible.  ;)


Oh, I don't know. The FAA were pretty prone to doing their own thing at Squadron level back then.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2018, 03:56:31 am
Is that Hasegawa dayglo decal sheet?
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 14, 2018, 04:21:05 am
It's from TL Modellbau - in this case stripes in various widths, but there's also a continual sheet with the stuff available. Very convenient and effective.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2018, 04:36:16 am
Thanks.  It looks pretty good.  I notice you have avoided putting it across changes in colour.  Is it opaque enough to cope with that?
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 14, 2018, 07:48:02 am
I am clever, eh?  ;)

Well, you see the difference between the white and dark grey underground - with the light base it is considerably brighter. On the wings, where the decals partly overlap, I tried to cover the differences in opacity with a little paint. The stuff is not 100% opaque, but the differences are not really obvious in the pictures, due to the direct light I used.

The dayglo decals from TL Modellbau are also a bit thicker than the normal stuff, probably due to the bigger pigments for the printing film. The carrier film itself is very thin and flexible, though.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2018, 09:19:27 am
It might be possible to 'stabilise' the dayglo colours by overlaying them on similarly sized pieces of white decal.

I think I did that on an RW model a zillion years ago when the two shades looked much too different.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 14, 2018, 12:21:17 pm
That would be easily feasible, since TL Modellbau offers the same stripe format in different colors, including white and the dayglo stuff I used. But it would make the film thicker, I am not certain if this is actually a good trade?

BTW: varnish (a mix of matt and semi-gloss, for a sheen finish) has been applied this evening and I am doing finishing touches, e. g. mounting main landing gear covers and drop tanks. The kit itself is completed now, but the beauty pics are still to come. Background story has already been cooked up.  <_<
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2018, 01:14:29 pm

But it would make the film thicker, I am not certain if this is actually a good trade?


Yes, that's always an issue with the two layer approach. My own printed decals suffer from the same problem when they need a white underlayer too, but sometimes it's the only way to do it.

I find a hefty layer of varnish tends to smooth out the bumps.......  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 14, 2018, 01:15:43 pm
 :mellow: :mellow:

Can't wait!! 
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: zenrat on June 14, 2018, 02:23:38 pm
Thanks for the decal info Dizz.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 15, 2018, 01:17:36 am
You're welcome!  <_<
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Mossie on June 15, 2018, 01:36:33 am
Looks great! :mellow:  The only thing I'd suggest is maybe add a little extra framing to the main canopy using tape or strip styrene to hide the Strikemaster origins?
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 15, 2018, 05:13:11 am
I thought about that, too, but I will stick with it as it is. I like the more modern touch, instead of a retro greenhouse.
Title: Re: Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: sandiego89 on June 15, 2018, 01:45:20 pm
The orange stripes look terrific!

-Dave
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 16, 2018, 10:28:56 am
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1788/28964511338_1ba4fcf8c1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uG7w)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uG7w) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1784/28964490958_c7cc61c7bb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uA49)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uA49) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Some background:
The Hawker Sea Hawk was a British single-seat jet fighter of the Royal Navy, built by Hawker Aircraft and its sister company, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft. In the final years of the Second World War, Hawker's design team had become increasingly interested in developing a fighter aircraft that took advantage of the newly developed jet propulsion technology. On 1 September 1944, the first prototype of the company's latest piston engine fighter aircraft, the Hawker Fury/Sea Fury, conducted its maiden flight; it was this aircraft that would serve as the fundamental design basis for Hawker's first jet-powered aircraft, the P.1035, which was submitted for evaluation by the Air Ministry in November 1944.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1787/28964517588_5f87700147_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uHYh)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uHYh) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1750/28964504898_4fc7bb269d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uEcu)
1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uEcu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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The design was substantially modified in December 1944, leading to a new designation for the project, P.1040. The jet exhaust was moved from beneath the tail and re-designed as two short, split-lateral bifurcated exhausts, embedded in the trailing edge of the wing root. The tail plane was raised in order to clear the jet exhausts. The air intakes were moved to the wing root leading edge, similar to the contemporary de Havilland Vampire. The unusual bifurcated jet pipe reduced pressure losses in the jet pipe and had the additional advantage of freeing up space in the rear fuselage for fuel tanks, which gave the aircraft a longer range than many other early jets. The fuselage fuel tanks, being fore and aft of the engine, also provided for a stable center of gravity during flight. The absence of fuel tanks also meant that a thinner wing could be adopted without any loss of range. To ease manufacture, the elliptical wing form of the Fury was discarded in favor of a straight tapered wing design The P.1040 also featured a nose wheel undercarriage arrangement, the first for a Hawker-built aircraft, and the aircraft was armed with four 20mm Hispano-Suiza Mk. V cannons.

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In October 1945, Sydney Camm, Hawker's chief designer, being satisfied with the results generated from engineering mock-ups and wind tunnel testing, authorized the raising of a production order for a single prototype. In light of the diminished RAF interest in the project in the post-WWII era, allegedly due to the aircraft offering insufficient advances over the jet fighters already in service, a navalized version of the P.1040 was offered in January 1946 to the Admiralty as a fleet support fighter.

However, the Admiralty were not initially encouraging to Hawker's approaches, in part due the presence of the in-development jet-powered Supermarine Attacker aircraft, but the service was intrigued by the type's long-range capability, as well as by the promise of increased power from the Nene engine. Thus, in May 1946, the Naval Staff authorized the manufacture of three prototypes and a further test specimen.

On 2 September 1947, the first prototype, VP401, now called Sea Hawk and sometimes referred to as the Hawker N.7/46 after the related naval specification, conducted its maiden flight from RAF Boscombe Down.

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1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uEPG) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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An initial order was received in November 1949, and shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War, an urgent operational demand for Britain's aircraft carriers, and thus their accompanying aircraft, had become apparent. The rate of production was substantially increased, and further orders for the Sea Hawk were soon placed. The first production Sea Hawk was the F 1, it first flew in 1951 and entered service two years later with 806 Squadron, first based at Brawdy, then transferred to the HMS Eagle. All Sea Hawks were in service by the mid-1950s and eventually over 500 were built in different versions, which soon became fighter bombers. Beyond these ever-improving variants, it was soon clear that a two seat variant would be necessary for naval operation transition training. Hawker responded to this request by the Admirality in 1952 with the T 20 variant.

The Sea Hawk T 20 was based on the FGA 3, the Sea Hawks first fighter bomber version which could, beyond its gun armament, also carry offensive ordnance under its wings. In order to accommodate a crew of two, this advanced trainer variant received a completely new front section with a side-by side cockpit, fitted with duplicated flight controls and instrumentation, and a bulbous canopy that allowed both passengers an excellent field of view for carrier landings. In order to allow a seamless transition from initial trainings, the cockpit layout and much of the operational equipment fittings was very similar to that of the Percival Provost. A key feature for the era amongst the fittings in the cockpit was the Centralized Warning Panel, which alerted the pilots in the event of a number of unfavorable or hazardous conditions being detected, such as icing conditions, fire or oxygen failure.

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In order to compensate for a loss of directional stability due to the new cockpit section, the aircraft received a taller fin, which was also introduced to export versions of the Sea Hawk. As a weight saving measure and in order to keep the center of gravity within safe limits, the gun armament was reduced from four to two 20 mm Hispano cannon. The underwing hardpoints for bombs, unguided missiles and drop tanks were retained, so that the trainer could - with slight performance losses and a reduced ordnance load - fly the Sea Hawks complete mission envelope.

After the T20s successful acceptance trials during late 1954 at 738 NAS at Lossiemouth, the FAA formally accepted the type in 1956. A total of 32 aircraft were produced and exclusively operated by the Royal Navy, where it quickly received the nickname Puffin, due to its bulbous nose section.
The Sea Hawk T20s were distributed between 738 NAS (18 machines) for land-based conversion training and active, navel units, which received two or three trainers each for advanced training aboard of carriers.

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The Sea Hawks in Fleet Air Arm service began being phased out from first line service in 1958, the year in which the Supermarine Scimitar and de Havilland Sea Vixen entered service, both of which types would eventually replace the Sea Hawk in the fighter and attack role. The last front line Sea Hawk squadron, No. 806, disbanded at RNAS Brawdy on 15 December 1960, ending a very brief operational career for the Sea Hawk. Most Sea Hawks in second line service were withdrawn by the mid-1960s, the trainers were retired in 1967, but four of them were refurbished and sold to India, where they served until 1983, partly from the Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant.




General characteristics:
    Crew: One
    Length: 40 ft 5 in (12.34 m)
    Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)
    Height: 9 ft 8 in (2,95 m )
                17 ft 8 in (5,39 m with folded wings)
    Wing area: 278 ft (25.83 m)
    Empty weight: 9,482 lb (4,305 kg)
    Loaded weight: 13,220 lb (5,996 kg)
    Max. takeoff weight: 16,150 lb (7,325 kg)

Powerplant:
    1 Rolls-Royce Nene 101 turbojet, rated at 5,000 lbf (22.24 kN) thrust

Performance:
    Maximum speed: 583 mph (940 km/h)
    Range: 480 mi (770 km)
    Service ceiling: 44,500 ft (13,564 m)
    Rate of climb: 5,700 ft/min (29.0 m/s)
    Wing loading: 48 lb/ft (232 kg/m)
    Thrust/weight: 0.38

Armament:
    2 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano Mk V cannons (200 RPG) in the lower front fuselage
    Underwing hardpoints and provisions to carry combinations of:
    16 60 lb (27 kg) unguided 3" rockets or 8 5 (127 mm) unguided HVAR rockets, and
    2 500 lb (227 kg) bombs, or
    2 90 Imp gal (410 l) drop tanks



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1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uLDC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uL7L) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Hawker Seahawk T 20; aircraft A-256/XA454 of the Fleet Air Arms 809 Naval Air Squadron; based on board of HMS Albion (R 07); 1959 (Whif/Hobby Boss kit conversion) (https://flic.kr/p/L8uKgC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 16, 2018, 10:34:33 am
Brilliant!!!  I have a soft spot for trainers. This one looks like it rolled right of an actual factory because it's just so plausible and looks the part so well.  :wub: :wub:


Fab work, bruh!!
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: AS.12 on June 16, 2018, 10:38:36 am
Wow, that is indeed totally believable.  Genius idea and well executed.  Get it into a museum tout de suite ;)

The only thing I think might have changed for the real-World is a taller fin for the increased keel; maybe swipe that from the Strikemaster too?
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Doug K on June 16, 2018, 11:38:31 am
Excellent and completely believable
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 16, 2018, 01:55:02 pm
Are you SURE that's a Whiff Thomas?  :-\

It looks far too plausible to me, and I'm sure I saw a couple of them flying with the Southern Air Wing RNVR at Benson when I lived there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: nighthunter on June 17, 2018, 12:31:15 am
Excellent kitbash Thomas!

So, as I'm an undereducated Yank, were there proposals for sweeping the SeaHawk's wings? Has anyone here done a swept wing variant?
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 17, 2018, 01:32:45 am
Well, Hawker did this stunt, and it eventually turned into the Hunter! I am just not certain at the moment, if there was a swept-wing Sea Hawk with the bifurcated jet pipe (without digging trough literature)? And I am not certain whether Hunter wings would fit onto a Sea Hawk - from the belly I'd say they are a size too large? But with a swpt tail and stabilizers?

However, thanks a lot for the positive feedback. I must admit that the result looks better than expected - especially the bulbous nose. But it blends into the rest quite well. And I think that the orange trim also adds a lot to the convincing look. And it helps distracting from a few blemishes...  ;)
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: zenrat on June 17, 2018, 01:51:34 am
Are you SURE that's a Whiff Thomas?  :-\

It looks far too plausible to me, and I'm sure I saw a couple of them flying with the Southern Air Wing RNVR at Benson when I lived there.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Second that.
My friend's dad's mate's cousin used to work on them... :mellow:

The bulbous nose doesn't look out of place at all.  An Intruder looks more like a kit bash than this.
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Mossie on June 17, 2018, 02:08:20 am
Lovely work, Thomas, I do like the idea of a two seat Sea Hawk.  Makes me wonder what a tandem version would look like.  As usual, fast work!  I like the addition of the older Sky painted tanks,  details like that just add to it's credibility.

Excellent kitbash Thomas!

So, as I'm an undereducated Yank, were there proposals for sweeping the SeaHawk's wings? Has anyone here done a swept wing variant?

Well, Hawker did this stunt, and it eventually turned into the Hunter! I am just not certain at the moment, if there was a swept-wing Sea Hawk with the bifurcated jet pipe (without digging trough literature)?

Hawker P.1052 was the swept wing Sea Hawk (more accurately a modified P.1040 Sea Hawk prototype).  It later became the P.1081, modified with a straight through jet pipe.  This was the design that led to the Hunter.  Both have been done as resin kits.
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2018, 05:54:24 am
That looks so "right" it's amazing, and in a week  :o  :bow:
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on June 17, 2018, 03:23:06 pm
That's a very smart Puffin - I really like the colour scheme! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ Hawker Sea Hawk T20 trainer (a.k.a. 'The Puffin')
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 18, 2018, 01:33:21 am
@Glenn Gilbertson:  You're welcome! After all, it's the long-awaited alternative take on your build 3 years ago!  ;D

To all others (too): many thanks, glad you like the outcome!

And, finally: many thanks for the Whiffies nomination of this one!  :lol: