Italeri Bae CT-155 Hawk; Moose Jaw; circa 2004

With the retirement of the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, it was decided that as a replacement, to lease the Bae Systems Hawk 115, through Bombadier (Aerospace) Ltd. The CT-155 Hawk fills the role of both primary and advanced jet trainer with Canada's NATO training program. Student fighter pilots spend 80 hours training on the Hawk in Moose Jaw, and an additional 45 hours in the Fighter Lead-In program with 419 Sqn. at CFB Cold Lake.

The base kit is Italeri's 'Bae Hawk Mk.100'. I used Noblecraft's resin replacement tail (a direct replacement for the entire rear fuselage) as the kit incorrectly features the parachute housing of the demonstrator. The cockpit was also 'dressed up' with some photo-etch from Eduards Bae Hawk set.

Overall, the model, finished in acrylics, is a mix of Testor's Model Master Insignia blue and black. It was then shot with their clear gloss, prior to and following, the decaling.

Model Art (#72-40) provided the the markings, with an old Microscale F-4 (white) data sheet,providing a few additional 'scribbles'. I replaced the Model Art roundels (the blue was darker than the overall finish) with some on Leading Edge's generic CAF roundel sheet (LE.001). This apparently is a hard scheme to photograph, with the digital photos, seeming to emphasize the black in the mix, while 'lightening' the blue in the roundels - not unlike a few CT-155 online walkarounds, I've encountered. The actual colour of the blue in the roundel is much closer to the 'midnight blue' of the overall colour.

Model by Scott Hemsley
Photos by Andrew Forster

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