Kinetic, 1/48 scale
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||Kinetic Model Kits Item No. K48013 - US Navy E-2C Hawkeye
|Contents and Media:
||Approximately 170 parts in grey and 14 parts in clear; markings for one aircraft.
plus shipping available online from Lucky Model
||A large and impressive model of the Hawkeye for the first time in this scale; high quality moulding; optional position wings (extended or folded) with no cutting required; separate flaps and ailerons (may be posed dropped with folded wings); two styles of engine side cowlings; fuselage access door may be posed open; clear parts include bulged canopy side windows; straightforward parts breakdown; high quality decals include wing walks, stencils and propeller markings.
||Panel line detail will not be to everyone's taste; some heavy sprue connectors will need care when removing; all parts packed in a single bag.
Kinetic's brand new 1/48 scale E-2C Hawkeye is an impressive model of a fascinating subject. Its relatively modest parts count of less than 200 parts should make it a relatively straightforward project for the intermediate modeller.
by Brett Green
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The Grumman E-2C Hawkeye is the US Navy's long-serving carrier-based airborne early warning aircraft.
The E-2C is fitted with two turboprop engines and a distinctive 24' circular radar rotodome above the upper fuselage and wing. The Hawkeye flies with crew of five.
Since entering service in 1972, the E-2 has seen combat in Vietnam, Libya and the Persian Gulf.
Kinetic has released an all-new 1/48 scale E-2C Hawkeye in 1/48 scale. The kit comprises around 170 parts in grey and 14 arts in clear.
Moulding quality is very high with no sink marks or ejector pins visible on outside surfaces. The plastic is perfectly smooth. There are a few ejector pin circles on the inside of the wheel wells, but undercarriage doors and hatches are entirely free of imperfections.
Larger parts such as the fuselage and wings are attached to the sprues with correspondingly large connectors. I would recommend caution when removing these parts from the sprues to avoid scarring the edges of the plastic parts.
Surface detail is by way of recessed panel lines and selected rows of rivets. The panel lines are quite wide and deep - noticeably moreso than Kinetic's recent F-16 family - but there are not too many of them.
There are plenty of features and options. Probably the most welcome of these is the folded wing. The wing may be posed either extended or fully folded. No cutting is required, as the outer wing panels and wing fold areas are supplied as separate pieces. The flaps and ailerons are separate parts too, with moulded-on tabs that will set the correct angle for dropped surfaces. If you would prefer to have the flaps and ailerons retracted, just cut the tabs off. The mechanism on the upper wing that locks the outer wing panel to the fin is also depicted.
I particularly like that Kinetic has engineered a nice solid join for the extended wing by the inclusion of a substantial spar for each side.
The fuselage entry door may be posed open or closed. There is no main cabin detail, but the door seems to open onto a small equipment bay. The determined scratch builder could always omit this part and build some structure inside the fuselage.
The cockpit is pretty basic, with raised detail on the instrument panel, centre and side consoles, but no harness straps on the simple seats. To be fair though, very little will be visible through the windows.
By contrast, the wheel wells are very busy. The wheel hubs and weighted tyres are separate parts, and the insides of the multiple undercarriage doors look great. Two different styles of engine side cowling are offered.
The clear parts look good too. The main canopy is supplemented with bulged side windows and the top escape hatches as separate parts. A substantial top console is glued to the inside of the main canopy. The nose transparency will reveal glimpses of avionics equipment.
The clear parts are packed in their own plastic bag.
The big rotodome can be built to rotate - manually of course!
This model represents the pre-upgrade version of the E-2C with the broad four-bladed propeller. The flared base and distinctive twist appear to be very well done. These parts are moulded with raised lines that correspond with the bare metal leading edge and the red and white warning markings. If these raised painting guides are not to your taste they will be easy enough to sand off. However, to my eye, the blades look a little too broad and do not display the slight taper toward the tip of the real thing. Check against reference photos to see what I mean.
The arrestor hook is a separate part, so this may be glued either stowed or deployed.
Markings are supplied for an E-2C of VAW-112 Golden Eagles aboard USS Nimitz in 1995.
The decals are perfectly printed by Cartograf.
Artwork was designed by Fightertown Decals.
The large decal sheet includes grey walkway markings for the wings and horizontal tailplanes, plus extensive decals and propeller tip markings.
Kinetic's brand new 1/48 scale E-2C Hawkeye is an attractive and imposing model. Its relatively modest parts count of less than 200 parts should make it a relatively straightforward project for the intermediate modeller.
I was very pleased to see the folded wing option, the stout brace for the extended wing, separate flaps and ailerons and the sparkling clear parts. The decals look well-researched and printed too.
There are a few nit-picks such as the shape of the propeller blades, and the surface detail will not be to everyone's taste, but overall Kinetic's 1/48 scale E-2 Hawkeye is a very impressive model of a facinating subject.
I am looking forward to seeing what else Kinetic has in the pipeline.
Thanks to Lucky Model for the samples
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