The Hawk is an advanced jet trainer originally built for the RAF by Hawker Siddely before they were incorporated within BAe and then BAE Systems. Designed as a competitor to the Dornier/Dassault Alpha Jet, the Hawk has outstripped it's rival in sales, selling over 900 to date. Furthermore, the Hawk is still in production in its latest variant, the 128 - developed to aid training for the Eurofighter Typhoon - the 132 for India and the 200 - a modern fighter variant. In addition, the Hawk has been developed into the T-45 Goshawk - a carrier based trainer for the US Navy.
This Hawk represents a Hawk 65 as in service with the Royal Saudi Air Force. It is wearing the livery of the Saudi Hawks display team in distinctive green and white.
The model is a great departure for me in the line of work I usually do. This is the first aircraft I have modelled at this sort of scale for a long time and the first to incorporate many techniques. I have taken a few liberties with the accuracy in this model to make sure everything fits the way it should. For example, that white band should follow the rear of the tail fin. However, in the choice between having a nice flowing curve or an accurate model, the aesthetics were always going to triumph.
Look guys! A real build! It's a shame my photography sucks with this phone, but you get the gist. As far as building it was concerned, there were no major issues. That cockpit was a bit of a pain, but with the bricks in front of me, it came together quite nicely. Surprisingly the gear actually holds the weight too.
A small change in this design was in the tail fins - they are now at an angle (where they should be!)
This model was designed for the Lego Military Contest and I will hopefully have a real-life rendition of this soon.