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Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.Mk.6
Upgrades for Trumpeter Kit

 

Pavla, 1/48 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Pavla C48-013 - Sea Hawk FGA.Mk.6 Cockpit
Pavla U48-25 - Sea Hawk FGA.Mk.6 Control Surfaces
Pavla S48-029 - Martin Baker MB Mk.2D for Sea Hawk Mk.2, 4, 5, 100, 101
Price: All available online from Hannants and specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Pale yellow resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Great detail and casting; clever design with simple parts breakdown; noticeable improvement over Trumpeter kit parts; cast-on harnesses for seats.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Trumpeter's new 1/48 scale Sea Hawk kit is very nice indeed with excellent surface detail and a myriad of options.

However, the cockpit (and especially the seat) is somewhat lacking, and control surfaces are fixed in neutral positions.

Pavla has addressed this situation with three new releases for Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Sea Hawk kit. All are moulded in Pavla's customary pale yellow resin, and the parts are perfectly cast.



Pavla U48-25 - Sea Hawk FGA.Mk.6 Control Surfaces

 

 

This set includes a replacement set of ailerons, elevators, horizontal tail and rudder. The join line for the rudder has a recessed groove in the trailing edge of the horizontal tail parts, making fitting and posing the parts much easier. Another nice touch is the deflected trim tabs on the elevators, ailerons and rudder.



Pavla C48-013 - Sea Hawk FGA.Mk.6 Cockpit

The parts are pictured at the top of the page.

Pavla's seat is more accurate in size and detail than the kit part, and includes a cast-on harness. The tub itself bristles with cast-on detail, and the top of the instrument coaming looks much busier and more realistic than its kit counterpart. The sidewalls are equally well detailed and are incredibly thin in places. You'll probably want to glue these to the kit sidewalls before painting, as the kit plastic will show through in places otherwise.

Casting quality is excellent, with no pin holes or other imperfections apparent on any of my samples. There is some wafer-thin flash present here and there, which can be tidied up with a swipe of a sharp hobby knife.

Most of the resin parts are mainly cast to each block via fine strips, so removal will not be a great chore. The cockpit tub is cast onto a more substantial, but shallow, block.



Pavla S48-029 - Martin Baker MB Mk.2D for Sea Hawk Mk.2, 4, 5, 100, 101

If you happen to be building an early or export Sea Hawk, Pavla has made the task easier with this Martin Baker MB Mk.2D ejection seat. This is a a simple one piece replacement ejection seat with harness and pull ring cast in place.


Pavla's new suite of upgrades and accessories will represent a genuine improvement over Trumpeter's kit counterparts.

If you are building Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Sea Hawk, Pavla's upgrades will add a new level of detail and individuality to your project.

All Highly Recommended

Thanks to Pavla for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 19 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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