The Red Arrows took delivery of the British Aerospace Hawk trainer in the autumn of 1979 and during that winter the pilots converted from the Gnat and worked up a display using the new aircraft in time for the 1980 display season. The dual control BAE Hawk T1 is the RAF’s advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979. The aircraft is essentially the same as those flown by RAF Advanced Training Students, with the exception of smoke generators and a slightly upgraded engine giving a faster response time.
Since being introduced into service with the Red Arrows, the Hawk has taken the Team on tours across the world. In 2010 they flew with their first female pilot who continues for the 2013 season.
I seldom build 1/72 aircraft other than those big bombers like the 1/72 B52 from Revell or Italeri for example. Nor I build different variations o marking variations from any aircraft that I want to add to my collection and I already have in 1/48th scale. The reason is simple, shelf space. That’s when 1/72 scale for my model building and collecting habits comes very handy.
When I have a 1/48 model kit of any subject and I’d love to have another version with different markings for historical reasons, or simply because I like the scheme, build in 1/72. Another nice thing (sometimes overlooked) is the fact that 1/72 is a nice scale for in-flight display models.
Here is the latest acquisition from Airfix, the BAe Red Arrows Hawk in 1/72. This is a very neat kit featuring nice receded panel lines. The part count is not really high, so this is a model kit we can easily tackle in a weekend. As with the 1/72 Airfix A-4B/P Skyhawk, the BAe Red Arrows Hawk comes in an attractive box that will stand out of the shelf.