Peter Goldsmith's-BAE HAWK 100
Model Airplane News|March 2020
Peter Goldsmith’s impressive BAE Hawk 100 turns heads even when it’s sitting on the flight line at the most recent Top Gun Scale Invitational, where it earned a nearly perfect 99 points from the static judges— the highest in the Expert class!
DEBRA CLEGHORN
We wanted to take a closer look at this incredible RC jet, and also talk to the man who detailed and flew it to win the coveted Mr. Top Gun title for the second time.

Model Airplane News: How did you get started in scale competition?

Peter Goldsmith: My very first scale competition was actually in Australia, at an event south of Sydney. I flew a Sig Skybolt. I had no idea what I was doing; it was a disaster, in fact, a very humbling experience. My first Top Gun experience was in 2005. It was the first time Frank Tiano had offered up the Pro-Am class with no static judging. I flew a Don Smith B-17. Again, I was humbled by the experience. Flying a B-17 off a hard runway in a 20 to 25 mile per hour wind blowing straight out was character-building, to say the least. The clear takeaway in 2005 for me was the quality of the models—truly inspirational. As a side note, I am a product of Top Gun’s Pro-Am class, because there was no way I would have attempted a Top Gun entry otherwise. It’s a fantastic way to get involved in scale competition.

MAN: Tell us about the full-size jet you chose to replicate.

PG: The aircraft is modeled after the Australian Airforce version of the Hawk 100. The commemorative scheme celebrated 76 years of the Black Panther Squadron. The aircraft, Mud Guard, was nicknamed by the base commander as it was shiny on top and dirty underneath. It was used to promote the RAAF [Royal Australian Air Force] at many airshows throughout Australia.

MAN: Your 1/3.5-scale rendition of the Australian BAE Hawk 100 earned a nearly perfect score of 99 points from the static judges at Top Gun. What, exactly, did this beauty get marked down on?

PG: The wonderful thing about Top Gun is, if you put yourself in a teachable posture, the judges will actually give guidance and advice on how to improve your model. I lost the points in “Color and Markings.” I was so focused on positioning the graphics, color matching, etcetera, that I had a small but significant error on the roundels. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had the kangaroo too large in the circle.

MAN: How did you create the markings, and what products did you use?

PG: I drew the markings for all the paint masks, and I use Tailor Made decals for the smaller nomenclature.

MAN: How long did it take you to build the plane from the Tomahawk Aviation composite kit?

PG: It took about six months in its entirety: one-third on assembling the structure, one-third paint and markings, and one-third details. I didn’t keep a super accurate hourly amount, but it was somewhere between 700 and 800 hours.

MAN: Did you need to modify anything for scale competition, or to fit your equipment?

PG: Yes, however the kit itself was superb; I just added more details. I added many raised panels, external gauges, rear parachute hatch plate, and lots of small intricate parts like defogger vents, window heaters, and so on.

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