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 Hawker Sea Hawk FB5, WM969, 898 Sqn
Modern Era in 72 Scale. Well, I waited for this model for a long time, and what showed up was most interesting. (May you live with interesting models.) Right off, the model is HEAVY. Solid zinc, at least. Then, the gear is locked DOWN. In addition, there's no pilot figure. And, very troubling and potentially disastrous, the supplied plastic stand is weak and wobbly, definitely not worthy of the heavy metal it is meant to support. Note, if you will, that there is an extra little Pitot in a little plastic bag, a sure sign of quality.

And, in truth, this is a quality model. Its closest diecast relatives are airliner models (which, of course, lack moving control surfaces or removable parts), Marushin 1/48 scale models (which are also heavy metal), Phoenix-72 models (which are solid, heavy models with gear locked down, and no removable parts), and Corgi 1/72 models, which have no moving control surfaces, and have bombs and such glued on). The Aviation-72 Sea Hawk has a reasonably good gloss paint job, and the landing gear is sturdy and well scaled. Applied markings are sharp and bright. The tail hook is cleanly painted in three colors. The canopy is pleasantly curved, and the cockpit is equipped with a seat and stick. The aerial at the top of the fuselage is a shiny spring-metal wire, and the Pitot on the port wing is made of metal, painted two-tone gold and silver. And there is an extra Pitot in a little plastic bag for the 100% of us who are clumsy oafs (at least at times).

All together, the model screams solidity, which in the end will probably make it a tough sell, at least in the U.S. By and large, American customers seem to want changeable landing gear, bombs and rockets, and moving control surfaces (not to mention pilot figures and sliding canopies). So, ultimately, I think this line of models will be a tough sell in the U.S. The relatively low price for the model could increase sales over what might otherwise be expected, and, hopefully, that will be so. Personally, these models are just what I'm looking for, and I'll be getting copies of my favorites right along with upcoming Corgi WWII types. (I've had to stop buying other brands due to an embarrassing lack of riches. However, I have plenty of these other brands on my shelves that still need their pictures taken--talk about backlog!)

By the way, I was able to get the canopy off by pinching on each side at the center of the long axis. However, try this at your own risk, as the technique may cause some of the paint around the cockpit to detach, or the canopy to crack. The pilot figure is by Hobby Master, and it fit without being trimmed. Note to Aviation-72: Don't glue the canopy; you might even mold a notch for the canopy in the cover of the plastic wrap and store it there.

All in all, rated two zooms out of two, at least for us solid-model fans.

Type Fighter
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