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  1. Thanks for the comments folks, it's appreciated. Cheers, Dean
  2. And to think, it should have been me... 😥
  3. 😂 I told you at the start I wasn't doing the Raspberry Ripple... 😉 Dean
  4. Yes, I noticed YET ANOTHER bloke completely ignoring and leaning over my T9 to photograph your Fe2b... 😉 Dean
  5. Hi all, If you've been following my WIP thread on this, you'll know the trials and tribulations I've gone through to get this finished. The cockpit walls had to be detailed, the flaps lowered and scratchbuilt, a new windscreen home made after the original disintegrated, problems getting the gloss coat to set, decals which wrinkled and refused to respond to MicroSol...you name it. Anyway, here it is after 67 hours work, in the best trainer scheme the Hawk ever wore in my opinion. Excuse the photography, natural light has been hard to come by today... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
  6. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Well, the decals are on the airframe. They mainly comprised stencils really, as there wasn't much in the way of markings apart from the roundels and the serials. The topside wing roundels caused a problem, as two sharp little vortex generators protrude through these, and I was hoping it would settle down with MicroSol, but for once it refused to work it's magic. The right roundel was so badly creased and wrinkled that I had to sand it smooth and add another roundel over the top...hopefully, MicroSol is settling that as a type. Here's how it looks at the moment: Just some decals for the gear doors and the cockpit canopy to go, a bit of detail painting here and there, and I can get onto final assembly. More when it happens, Dean
  7. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Not a hope...I used that technique before to restore some raised rivets lost along joint lines of a Revell 1/32 Stuka, but that was only a few dozen. This job would be hundreds! Now for the bit I really enjoy...painting. As the top half of the fuselage was going to be white, I did that first with Mr Surfacer White Primer. Then I sprayed the inner wings with Light Aircraft Grey, and then masked both of these areas off to add the red. The red went on very thinly, and took a lot of coats to get it uniform. Got there in the end though: Then I added my home made windscreen, faired it in, and added the anti glare panel: Then it was an experimental coat of Tamiya X-22 Clear thinned with Mr Color Levelling Thinner, which a couple of my friends had recommended: It went on nice and smooth, but I think I went a little too thick as it's taking days to harden. I'll know better next time. You're now up to date...more as it happens, Dean
  8. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Only if you can find one that does raised rivets! I don't know why Revell left them off - look at the airbrake well, they put tons of them in there. Maybe they ran out... Dean
  9. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    The next in my line of failures was the raised rivets around the rear fuselage. I'd bought some positive rivets by HGW especially for this build, and was keen to try them out. The rivets have to be cut into strips, soaked in water, slid into place and allowed to dry overnight. Then you peel off the carrier film and leave the rivets behind. I studied the rivet patterns on reference photos, and due to the way the decals are applied you can't have two lines of rivets crossing, or you'll be applying rivets over the carrier film of the others. I spent two hours applying mainly the vertical rivets one evening, and then peeled the carrier film off next morning: Sadly, some of the rivets peeled off with the carrier, but this was the least of my problems; rubbing a finger along the dots, you can't feel them at all. I was a bit concerned that they wouldn't show up under the paint, so I decided to put a thin coat of Mr Surfacer over them to see. Before: After: Gone! 😞 Complete waste of time and effort. If you want a row of silver dots on top of your paintwork anywhere, these are for you, but if you're going to even think about painting over them, forget it. Paint next, Dean
  10. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Cheers, Rich...I was going to suggest the same thing actually, but you beat me to it. And - you know what's coming next! The fuselage around the front cockpit bulkhead is already a poor design on this kit, but despite having filed chunks off the bulkhead to get the fuselage halves to fit, it's still way too wide for the front edge of the windscreen to fit. This was the first release of the kit with the short shots remember, and it's possible that the windscreen might have been taken out of the mould too soon and contracted in on itself. I found that by applying heavy pressure to the front of the windscreen, I could get it to splay out enough to fit, but the force was considerable and I wouldn't be able to hold it there for long. So...windscreen almost in position, thin bead of super glue in the gap, force into position and hold while a drop of accelerator is applied, hold as long as possible while it goes off, release gently. Phew, seems to have worked. But hang on, what's that fogging in the corner of the clear part perilously close to the masking? Better peel the masking back and have a look underneath...ess ach one tee! Not only had the glue and accelerator wicked under the masking and fogged the windscreen, but the heat of curing had effectively delaminated the plastic too! Result - one totally ruined windscreen. 😞 Right, solution - vacform a replacement using the destroyed one as a buck. Layers of superglue were used to strengthen the inside, and filler was used to smooth the outside. After several layers of filing and primer, this was the result: Then I gathered together my home made vacforming gubbins I used for my Spitfire T9 build, and got this first pull: Cut free, trimmed, and dipped in Klear it's virtually indistinguishable from the original part - except that it fits! Life saved. 🙂 Then, while all that was going on, I gave the rest of the airframe a squirt of Mr Surfacer 1200 to highlight areas of concern, and there were only a few. Next step - paint. 🙂 More when I feel up to it, Dean
  11. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Steve's builds were 1/72 if I remember rightly, and he was working miracles with them but seems to have been very quiet lately. As for BMW drivers, we're not easily intimidated - good job, really... 😉 Dean
  12. Deanflyer

    BAe Hawk

    Hello all, Laid low with the lurgy at the moment, so I thought I'd get round to updating you on my latest build...the Revell 1/32 Hawk: Note the Argos stock label on it - like many of us probably, I hot footed it down to the local Argos when these first came out as I believe they were one of the only places stocking it. Then it's sat in the stash ever since. That was 2010! About time I made one... I'd also splashed out on the Xtradecal stencil sheet, and their squadron markings sheet, as I didn't want to build a Red Arrows jet: I've always had a fancy for the late seventies RAF trainer scheme, ever since it first appeared in the Airfix catalogue when I was a kid, so I'll be doing this scheme: One difference - the nose ID number 164 will be in white, not black, as I prefer it that way. Luckily I found a photo of this airframe with the number in white, so it will still be accurate. The cockpit is reasonably well detailed, and the instrument decals do their job well enough, settling down well over the raised bezels: The only place the cockpit falls down is on the sidewalls, which are devoid of ANY detail whatsoever. All of this had to be added from scratch: Adding a couple of resin seats completes the ensemble: I'd ordered the early style headboxes on the seats, as you can't get much earlier in the Hawk's career than this! Then it was on to the notorious short-shot undercarriage. I added various bits and pieces to replace the missing compression struts, and also added brake lines and tie wraps: I filed flats onto the tyres, and painted everything up. The wheel centre caps have still to be added here, and according to some references the main wheel rims were painted yellow so I'm still deciding whether to do that with mine: The wheel wells were well detailed OOB, so I just used a wash to highlight things: One notable problem with the kit is that there is no facility to have the flaps dropped, which is how Hawks are ALWAYS parked. I sliced off the flaps from the wings, scratch built them to an aerofoil section, and added the intermediate strip and supports using the mk1 eyeball and much poring over of reference photos. I'm hoping it'll work out ok: Before the fuselage halves could be joined, there was the little matter of all the glaring ports in the fuselage which would open onto the bare plastic interior. There are about five of them, which all had to be dealt with using a short length of tube glued to the inside of the fuselage to give depth, and then blanked off. So, ready to close the fuselage - oops, no, the forward cockpit bulkhead is a completely different shape to the interior of the fuselage at that point! It left a gap of about an eighth of an inch between the halves, which no amount of filler would solve. I had to file off quite a bit of the bulkhead sides to get the fuselage to close: The rest of the seams weren't too bad, apart from the ones on the inside of the intakes - which due to the engineering of the kit means they CAN'T be assembled before adding them to the airframe, and makes sanding inside them that much more difficult... More when I've sorted out the photos, Dean
  13. Hi all, Not very often I get to post two new builds in a week, but here goes...at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Spitfire MJ772 has recently been restored and repainted in new livery, prior to its return to flight. I was recently asked to build a model of this particular airframe for the chap who runs The Two Seat Spitfire Page on FaceBook, who has a growing collection of 1/72 Spitfire T9s. As per usual, the AZ Models kit was used in the absence of any other available kit, and just a few minor tweaks were made. The rear canopy bow is moulded way too thick on the kit part, scaling out at around a foot wide and several inches proud of the perspex, so I carved it off, sanded it down, polished it back to clarity, dipped it in Klear and then masked it to paint a much thinner bow. I think it was a small improvement worth making. The invasion stripes were a pain to mask, taking over two hours for these alone, and the decals were a mixture of Xtradecal for the roundels and code letters and home printed for the serial numbers. The Cross of Lorraine on the cockpit side was assembled from a blue shield shape cut from a scrap Argentinian flag decal from an Airfix Canberra, and three smaller red strips which started life as a wing walk line on a Hasegawa Zero! Lining those up properly on a shield 3mm across was a challenge...😵 The paint used was Tamiya acrylics, and a panel line wash was added to the movable and removable bits only - engine cowlings, flaps, ailerons, elevators, trim tabs etc. I resisted doing a panel line wash all over as in such a small scale it just looks overdone. Final finish was done in Xtracrylix Flat Varnish, after which the canopies were unmasked, the wingtip lights were painted in, the whip aerial under the wing was added and the final touch was to add the propeller - something which always signals the end of the build for me. You'll be glad to know that it survived the postal service journey to it's new owner, and he seems pleased with it, which is what it's all about really... Here's a walk around: And a couple of flyaround shots: Now, what's next...? 😉 Dean
  14. It was a close run thing though, Rich... I did knock the bottle of Plastic Weld over again, but this time it went all over the floor! 🙄 And THAT was after it'd spent the majority of the build Blu-Taked to the bench... Thanks for the comments folks, it's nice to be back posting again. Dean
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