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Karl

Space:1999 - 1/48 Mk.IX Hawk - Scratch Build

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Hi Chaps,

 

I'm going to carry on with the Space:1999 theme; and for my next build I'm going to scratch build a Mk.IX Hawk in 1/48 scale to compliment my Eagle model.

 

The Mk.IX Hawk is probably one of the most recognisable 'guest' space craft seen in Space:1999 and appeared in only one episode titled "War Games" where Moon Base Alpha comes under surprise attack from a flight of Hawk's; these cause much damage to the base. In the episode it turns out that the attack and the Hawks were an Alien illusion. The Mk.IX Hawks were identified as such by Professor Victor Bergman suggesting that they are or were a known craft of Human/Earth Origin and are probably some kind of dedicated fighter craft designed solely for combat.

 

There isn't much out there defining a definite scale compared to the Eagle; the Hawk is apparently smaller than the Eagle and other builders have gone for a length of about 20 inches for a 1/48 model and I'm going to do the same making it about 4 inches smaller then my Eagle.

 

I've scaled up some plans to match the dimensions I want and will follow these. I'll do my best to keep it accurate but I know I'll have to ad-lib some parts that I can't replicate completely.

 

First, I'm starting with the command module or beak. I've started out with a flat 'keel' and will build around this. I've components have been cut out of various thicknesses of sheet styrene. This is very similar to how I originally made the Eagle cockpit.

 

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Wish me luck!

 

Karl

 

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wishing you a lot of luck and patience - this is going to be a very interesting scratch build

 

I am hoping to pick up plenty of ideas and tips from this build - I never got to see how you scratch built the beak of your Eagle so this is of immediate interest to me here.

 

looking forward to your next instalment

 

good luck

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Yep, I’m in for this one! 👍

 

 Graham

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OOO! This is going to be good! :)

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Should be interesting - there are some quite complex curves on the Hawk beak and some tricky detailing on the main body, which in the original model was two halves of the Airfix Saturn V first stage with some bits added between them.

 

Got the popcorn! :)

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Happy new year! - so onwards and upwards with the Hawk build.

 

I'm looking at the underside of the command module; unlike the Eagle the underside of the Hawk's CM is different to the top side. The underside is sort of concave with a centralised half 'egg' shape in the centre.

 

I'm making the flat concave side from two flat pieces of styrene supported and shaped by a sub-structure of ribs.

 

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All of the curved edges are going to be built up in layers using resin and car body filler - the trusty old P38 - and filed and sanded in to shape, however that's for later.

 

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Next I need to get a feel for the shape of the back of the CM. On the studio model the joint is fudged using small plastic rectangles so you cant really see it, so I'm going to build the long neck section.

 

Originally it was made from the first stage of (several) Airfix Saturn 1B model kits. Looking at the plans and pictures of the Hawk, all you really see of these are two of the tank sections along the side of the neck/spine, the rest has been covered in sheet styrene. This gives me the opportunity to be creative.

 

After taking some measurements I started by building a box structure supported with some internal bracing. The holes through the box section match a tube I have installed in the Command Module and this will be used to allow the insertion of an 8mm steel rod throughout the entire length of the model to give it rigidity and keep the whole thing straight.

 

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To make the illusion that the thing s made from Saturn 1B parts, I used some lengths of 10mm styrene tube (split length wise to save on resources!) and mounted on to some bracketry these are mounted on to the sides of the neck/spine making sure that the width is correct according to the measurements.

 

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The top and bottom edges are then filled in with a strip of styrene to complete the illusion.

 

Then, using the shape of the centre section, I created some end caps that included a curved side that matches the tubes and angles of the neck/spine. I can use this to build up the shape of the back of the CM.

 

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Karl

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I'm going to work on the basic shape of the engine fuselage section next; this is the slightly bulbous area between the centre section and the main engine bell.

 

Originally this part was made from the S-II section of the Airfix Saturn V rocket model, and as with the centre section I would need to approximate this shape without using any original parts. First I measured up the side, plan and rear views to give me the shape. A central box section was then cut out of 2mm styrene sheet and made in to a box section.

 

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This is drilled length wise to accept the steel spinal core used to keep everything aligned.

 

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Semi circular shapes were made from styrene to match the shape of the Saturn S-II parts, and length wise ribs made to add some strength. This was then covered on both sides with two layers of very thin styrene sheeting to make a skin to the shape i required. The joins were filled and sanded smooth. This gives me the basic shape of the fuselage section; the distinctive S-II stringers and details will be added later.

 

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Progress thus far:

 

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Karl

 

 

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Time to start filling out the shape of the command module / beak.

 

The basic structure has been made from sheet styrene, and after looking at various reference pictures I can just about judge it's basic contour and shape and I can block in a bit more of the empty space in the beak with more styrene sheet.

 

The next step is to build up the rest of the contours using car body filler to build up the required shape. this is done in a couple of layers to make sure the rough shape is correct.

 

It starts off very rough at first...

 

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After several mixing, filling and checking sessions I have a rough shape.

 

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After quite a bit of sanding and more filler and more sanding and then some finer grade filler and fine grade sanding paper.

 

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This is the same method used to make the beak of my previous Eagle model, although this one feels like it was a lot easier to complete. Surface details will be added later using sheet styrene.

 

Karl

 

 

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Nice work on the beak Karl - quite a project you've got going, but fast progress :yes:

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21 hours ago, Mike said:

Nice work on the beak Karl - quite a project you've got going, but fast progress :yes:

Thanks Mike. I think the main shape of the Hawk will build up quite quickly, however it will be the finer details and greeblies that take the time.

 

10 hours ago, fsssh said:

Thats some fine filler bashing there, looks great!

It's gone quite well; It's silky smooth at the moment - probably too smooth. I might need to go over it with some fine sand paper to give the CA something to key to when I do the surface details.

 

Karl

 

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I love how you did that beak!

A very clever bit of work!

Simple and really effective.

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wow - that's an incredible bit of beaky scratch building going on there - If I were you, I would cast a few off in resin for the rainy days of the future.

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9 hours ago, Gimme Shelter said:

wow - that's an incredible bit of beaky scratch building going on there - If I were you, I would cast a few off in resin for the rainy days of the future.

 

Thank you; you're right I really should take a cast of the beak, however it's a bit beyond my casting capabilities at the moment!!

 

Karl

 

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Might be wise - even if you have to ship it off to a friend, or (god forbid) pay someone to do it for you :S

 

The things that I'm worrying about for you is possible de-lamination or somesuch. :owww: Also, if you drop the damn thing, it may not end well... You could cast it in a single-part mould with the flat back against the base board (perhaps on a little "plinth"), and just be careful with the bubbles - I've cast up things more complex with bigger undercuts without vacuum equipment before now, and would have volunteered, but all my casting consumables went off, and I haven't picked up any more, as I've got no need at the moment.  :shrug:

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On 15/01/2018 at 8:44 PM, Mike said:

Might be wise - even if you have to ship it off to a friend, or (god forbid) pay someone to do it for you :S

 

The things that I'm worrying about for you is possible de-lamination or somesuch. :owww: Also, if you drop the damn thing, it may not end well... You could cast it in a single-part mould with the flat back against the base board (perhaps on a little "plinth"), and just be careful with the bubbles - I've cast up things more complex with bigger undercuts without vacuum equipment before now, and would have volunteered, but all my casting consumables went off, and I haven't picked up any more, as I've got no need at the moment.  :shrug:

Thanks Mike.

 

As I said, I did think about taking a mould from the beak, however this model was always going to be a one off so not sure why I needed it as I'm probably never going to build another.

 

I've seen an article regarding the original studio model having had a cast taken from it using a plaster mould (having covered the original in foil) and taking a mould of the upper then lower surfaces making a horizontally split part. The moulds were then used to make a copy using a slush cast of resin and car body filler and fibre glass matting. This is something I could actually do as I have most of that stuff to hand.

 

I'm not too worried about delamination as this technique was used to make a lot of the original parts on the Eagle model and they have lasted since 1999. If it did delaminate I guess it would come apart in blocks that I could CA back in place. I could drill and pin the main parts to each other with small screws I suppose for extra security.

 

I don't even want to think about dropping it... however I don't think that would be good for any of our models...

 

I'll have a think while I work on other bits of the Hawk....

 

Karl

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