Hawk 127 Decals
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||1/72 and 1/48
|Contents and Media:
||Two small decal sheets, 1
||AUD$7.90 (approx USD$4.00)
||Good range of subjects; timely
release for recent Italeri 1/72 scale kit and introduction of new RAAF
trainer; good registration; much better than Italeri's bogus Aussie Roo
roundels; includes stencil detail; useful instructions
||No Hawk 127 option in 1/48 scale (at
least we have the decals!); spacing of serials a little far apart.
|| Recommended for anyone wanting to
build an Aussie Hawk
by Brett Green
Decals latest releases, RAAF Hawk 127LIF in 1/72 and 1/48, are very timely from
two points of view. Firstly due to the short time since the introduction of the
new type to the RAAF, and secondly due to the very recent release of the Italeri
1/72 scale Hawk Mk.100.
The 1/72 Hawk release includes one small decal sheet with 7 sets of two
serials, four low-viz grey RAAF roundels, stencils and strip formation lights.
These are appropriate for all aircraft in service with 76 and 79 Sqns RAAF in
January 2001. Red, white and blue fin flashes were added to these aircraft in
February 2001. A set of fin flashes is supplied to permit more recent depiction
of these Aussie Hawks. A personal marking for Flt. Lt. Benjamin
"Sleaze" Sleeman's A27-12 is also provided.
The roundels and stencils look terrific despite their tiny size in 1/72
scale. The Blue-Grey serials look good too, but the spacing between the
characters may be slightly too wide.
Registration, crispness and colour saturation looks perfect. However, Aussie
Decals have advised that they were unhappy with the Grey FS 36375 as printed on
the main sheets even though the colour matched the colour fan. They have
therefore printed a supplementary sheet with new roundels and stencils. These
are a shade or two lighter than the original. The modeller may choose to use the
colour they prefer.
who bought the original release may obtain the supplementary sheet from
the dealer where they purchased the original decals.
A single sheet of instructions provides two side profiles and top
view in black and white. These are quite adequate to demonstrate the
camouflage pattern and the location of roundels and other markings,
especially as the camouflage scheme and most of the markings are grey
The Italeri kit offers an Australian option on their decal sheet, but
the markings are completely wrong - Aussie Decals presents the only
accurate way to finish your RAAF Hawk 127LIF.
This is a small but attractive release that will really appeal to
anyone who models RAAF aircraft.
Thanks to Peter
from Aussie Decals for the review sample.
Aussie Decals are
available at hobby shops and retailers including Snowy
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 01 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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