On a lark, I contacted the resurrected Hawk model company, and asked if
they had any plans to reissue their kits of the Convair Atlas orbiting
space station and the Vanguard satellite.
They said if they can locate the molds _they do_ intend to reissue them.
That would be a real blast from the past! :-)
That would be cool. And if I remember right, one of the cooler models
I built was their Lockheed T-33 trainer. While T-33s were not very
exciting in of themselves, that was about the time I began to notice
girls. Ah the fantasies a 7th grader could have of whisking the
hottest 9th grader in the jr. high school off in his private T-33 to
the Bahamas for . . .
'' On a lark, I contacted the resurrected Hawk model company, and asked
if they had any plans to reissue their kits of the Convair Atlas
orbiting space station and the Vanguard satellite. They said if they can
locate the molds _they do_ intend to reissue them. That would be a real
blast from the past! :-) ''
Does anybody here know when these Kits just might be back on the shelves
at the local hobby store so we could get a few.
... cyberborg ..........
That one was available in an aluminized version- very nice. I had just
washed out of AF pilot training at the time, and the Squadron
commander had a personal T-33 that was kept very highly polished which
the Hawk kit simulated nicely.
have to be inventoried, it could be in a few weeks, if the molds are
intact and usable or much, much longer if a portion are missing or in
the condition of some of the old Strombecker molds that Nick Argento
bought for Glencoe.
By the time they got around to the later releases in their series of
their chromed kits they had etched some of the panels in the mold so
that they had a two-toned appearance as far as the brightness of the
plating went; this made for a very realistic effect.
I also contacted Lindberg about the giant 1/8th scale dragster kit they
I had a ball building one of these as a kid. Apparently about the only
change is the bodies (there were two separate ones in the original kit,
so you could do it front or rear engined IIRC) on the reissue are now
going to be in white, rather than the red and green metal flake ones of
They stated this was requested by modelers to make them easier to paint
in whatever colors they chose.
When I was working for the AF at Hamilton AFB the 84th FIS had a T-33
hack. Well maintained if a bit worn inside. I was able to fly her a
dozen times as desk-bound pilots had to keep their flying time up to
date. I was never able to talk my way into time in the squadron
Spent the last two days workng on and displayng the Pacific Coast Air
Museum T-33. This one spent forty years in desert storage before we
obtained it. We completed the canopy jack installment last week.
Before that we used muscle and a long piece of white PVC pipe, not
very attractive. It still needs tweaking. Ended up using a pair of
vice grips to crank the canopy down as the socket wrench we were using
stripped out. Next comes the battery so that we won't wear out the
When she's done the paint job shall be for the 84th FIS T-33 that I
was assigned to. The red/white/blue lightning stripes on the tail and
wingtip tanks are quite striking. Two .50s are planned for the nose
and we are restoring an original underbelly cargo pod. We have an
engine, but it's currently used for the engine display at the museum.
I have the Heller and Hasegawa T-33s and I'm accumulating all of the
aftermarket details. Have the Scalemaster F-106 decals for the tail
emblems and maybe the lightning bolts, although I'll probably paint
the latter. Anybody have comments on the kits? I tend to like the
Heller kit better.
That old Hawk F-104 was good for it's day, but Monogram issued a nice
one back in the 80s and Hasegawa released a Zipper in the late 90s
that is a real beauty. Hawk's old T-33 is real sweet though except
fot the interior. As far I know, the molds for the old Hawk airplanes
are owned by Testors. In my local hobby shop I noticed that the old
Hawk "Weirdos" line was reissued by the new Hawk model company. I
wonder what will happen to the molds that Testors owns. I'd love to
see the MOL issued once again!
It would finally give me the opportunity to finish one well, unlike the
around three I had as a kid.
For any of the youngsters around here who don't know what we are talking
about, it's this kit:
was a serous proposal by old Peenemunde scientist Krafft Ehricke to
turn Convair's Atlas ICBM into a space station.
This could be where the early Skylab idea of turning the interior of a
propellant tank into living quarters once the propellants were expended
on the way to orbit (the "wetlab" concept) came from.
The lifting body ferry ships come from the era when no one realized just
how much manned aerodynamic RV's were going to weigh. Two were to be
launched belly-to-belly on a Altas-Centaur rocket.