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BAE Hawk in Worldwide Service

Airframe 1/48 BAE Hawk in Worldwide Service Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer Airframe
Subject BAE Hawk in Worldwide Service Scale 1/48
Set Number 48115 Pros 21 Hawk options
Cons Some two-layer markings Skill Level Novice
MSRP (BP) £12.80

First Look

Airframe Decals is a nice line of aftermarket decals from The Aviation Workshop that provide a wide range of subjects and eras for primarily British and Commonwealth subjects. This set in particular covers the 17 Harriers from both RAF and RN squadrons that participated in the final flypast that marked the Harrier's retirement. This set is definitely a superset, let's take a look:

Harrier Harrier

The set includes markings for:

  1. Hawk Mk.52, 1011, Kenya AF, 1982
  2. Hawk Mk.60, 600, 2 Sqn, Zimbabwe AF, 1982
  3. Hawk Mk.60, 603, 2 Sqn, Zimbabwe AF, 1982
  4. Hawk Mk.60, 605, 2 Sqn, Zimbabwe AF, 1987
  5. Hawk Mk.63C, 1017, Flying Training School, Abu Dhabi AF, UAE, Maqatra 1995
  6. Hawk Mk.102, 1055, Flying Training School, Abu Dhabi AF, UAE, Maqatra 1994
  7. Hawk, Mk.61, 501, Combat Air Wing, Dubai AF, UAE, 1984
  8. Hawk Mk.108, M40-108, 6 Sqn, Malaysian AF, 1995
  9. Hawk Mk.208, M40-32, 9 Sqn, Malaysian AF, 2000
  10. Hawk Mk.208, M40-21, 3 Flying Training Centre, Malaysian AF, 2000
  11. Hawk Mk.67, 503, 216 FTS, Republic of South Korea AF, 1995
  12. Hawk Mk.61, 501, Combat Air Wing, Dubai, UAE, 1984
  13. Hawk Mk.64, 145, 12 Sqn, Kuwait AF, 1986
  14. Hawk Mk.64, 144, 12 Sqn, Kuwait AF 1995
  15. Hawk Mk.53, LL-5318, 103 Advanced Flying School, Indonesian Armed Forces, 1984
  16. Hawk Mk.53, LL-5304, 10 Sqn, Indonesian Armed Forces, 1980
  17. Hawk Mk.53, TT-5309, Jupiter Blue Aerobatic Team, Indonesian Armed Forces, 1990
  18. Hawk Mk.109, TT-101, 1 Sqn, Indonesian Armed Forces, 2001
  19. Hawk Mk.209, TT-1216, 12 Sqn, Indonesian Armed Forces, 1984
  20. Hawk Mk.65, 2118, 21 Sqn, Royal Saudi AF, 1990-91
  21. Hawk Mk.103, 1018, 6 Sqn, Royal Air Force of Oman, 2002

You can see in the images that the instructions are very nicely done with clear placement instructions for each of the distinctive markings for all 21 examples. The roundels for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Kenya are printed as two-layer decals where you'll have to lay down the roundel, then when it is set, add the center dot.

This set is produced in 1/72 and 1/48 so you have a wide range of possibilities here. The instructions tell you where to get the right kits and aftermarket details for each variant.

My sincere thanks to The Aviation Workshop for this review sample!