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 REVIEW: Falcon Models FA727003 Canadian Forces CT-155 Hawk, 419 Squadron

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Falcon Models FA727003 Canadian Forces CT-155 Hawk, 419 Squadron   Mon Jul 03 2017, 16:55

December 26, 2012

Falcon Models FA727003
Canadian Armed Forces
Hawk 115/CT-155
155213, No. 419 TF(T)S,
Cold Lake, Alberta 2001
1/72 Scale

First of all I would like to thank Chris at Falcon Models in Hong Kong for providing this model for review.

The Canadian Armed Forces - Air Command (Restored to the rightful and historic title of "Royal Canadian Air Force" in 2011) originally used the CF-5 Freedom Fighter as a lead in fighter trainer for the CF-18 Hornet. After the CF-5 was retired in 1995 there was a need for a new advanced jet trainer to teach basic fighter tactics prior to flying the CF-18.

As a result Canada ordered the 115 series British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk advanced trainer aircraft which entered service in 2000 as the CT-155. Today the RCAF uses the CT-155 in both the Advanced and Lead-in Fighter Training roles (the latter with No.419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron at Cold Lake, Alberta.

419 Squadron is also part of the NATO Flight Training in Canada (NFTC) program which trains fighter pilots from several NATO countries. After flying the CT-155 Hawk, future Canadian fighter pilots proceed to the CF-18 Hornet with No. 410 TF(T)S.

The Model.

First of all, the model tooling is to a much higher level of design than previous Falcon releases. The landing gear is made up of insertable modules rather than typical "fiddly bits" of the past. The option of both open and closed canopies is included and even a spare Pitot probe is enclosed. All the parts fit together well with no quality control issues to speak of. Paint quality is well above average as well.

The Canadian Hawk is actually the third release of this tooling (RAF and RAAF versions were the first two) and there have been some notable improvements. First of all the Nose landing gear has been repositioned further aft to more accurately reflect reality - A huge improvement! Second the included Sidewinders missiles reflect the more modern AIM-9L/M versions with a more pointed seeker head. Two underwing external fuel tanks are included as well as a centreline gun pod (which is not in Canadian service as far as I know).

Unfortunately the Factory (despite instructions from Falcon) have still included the fictitious Wing Tip Navigation Lights found on the first two releases. (The Pre Production model was correct - but the mistake has been replicated). In any event the Nav Lights aren't really that noticeable against the dark blue paint scheme. Pilot figures are not included but I have used Hobby Master Pilots. The only niggly point being that the forward seat is a bit too far forward compared to the real aircraft.

Overall a very attractive and well built model by Falcon. A worthy addition to the Canadian Collection.


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