Popular Post Fritag Posted January 21 Popular Post Share Posted January 21 (edited) Have you ever been glad to see the back of a build? WIP Here So, take two x 1/72 Airfix Hawks (series A55202A). One to be made as a c.1983 TMk1 Hawk in the classic red/white/grey trainer scheme - specifically XX176 with a very young Fritag aboard on 18 July 1983: And here’s the completed model, finished with Tamiya Flat White XF-2 and NATO Black XF-69, Humbrol Light Aircraft Grey 166 and Revell Fiery Red 330. All airbrushed acrylics. Semi Gloss Clear coat knocked back a bit by a Flat Clear coat - both Tamiya clear lacquers. The other to be made as a c.1984 TMk1A Hawk in wraparound camo as flown by the TWU's - specifically XX263 steered by young Fritag in c.April 1984: And the completed model, finished in Colourcoats, Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey, airbrushed enamels followed by Tamiya Lacquer Flat Clear coat It’s the third build in a sequence; following builds of a Chipmunk T10 and a JP 3A/JP 5A. RFIs here: Chipmunk T10 and Jet Provosts So this build has been going on and off since 2015, with some extended periods of inactivity stretching it out somewhat. It also served as a test bed for my experiments with vac-forming using a dental vac machine, resin casting, home-brew photo etching and over the last 12 months or so my education in and use of 3D CAD (Fusion 360) and resin printing (MARS 3 printer and Chitubox Pro). Anyways, you take yourself an Airfix series A55202A and then throw most of it away IIRC the bits you do use in modified form are the fuselage halves, wing halves and horizontal tailplanes. Oh, and I think the main wheels, and the control column, survive to some extent as well. Feel free to skip the next several paragraphs and go to the photo’s; but for the interested the following is, I think, a fairly complete list of what was done. Cockpit 1. Home made cast resin cockpit tubs from a stripped back and modified CMK Hawk 100 resin cockpit tub to as the master. Detailed with plastic strip, lead wire etc. 2. Eduard pre-painted PE Instrument and side Panels (background colour repainted). PE rudder pedals. Can’t remember what make. 3. Modified kit control column. 4. Fusion-designed and resin-printed front and rear coamings and rear bulkhead storage bags. Weapons sight glass on the T1A from clear plastic. 5. Painted Humbrol Dark Sea Grey/Tamiya NATO Black and weathered with oils and drybrushing. Ejection Seats 1. Home cast resin Mk10 ejection seats with the early wide-cheeked head boxes. As a master I used the seat pan from the CMK Mk 10 seats, removed the straps, added various scratch details and topped it off with the (somewhat reshaped) head box from old Matchbox hawk seats. Cast 4 seats. 2. Straps a mixture of pre-painted PE and lead foil rear seat apron from lead foil. Canopies 1. Home vac-formed canopies and windscreens from fusion-designed and resin-printed masters (earlier in the build I used cast resin masters, but ended up tinkering with the shape in fusion). 2. Internal canopy framework with MDC; and windscreen and canopy external framework fusion-designed and resin-printed. I had previously home-etched the MDC, but the printer (a game changer) provided a better solution. 3. Internal blast shield cut from clear plastic using a fusion-designed and resin-printed template. 4. Rear view mirrors, aircon pipes and other bits and bobs fusion-designed and resin-printed. 5. Internal canopy join straps (terylene?) painted with decanted Tamiya rattle can TS-7 Racing White. Internal (wider) strip painted on to the internal canopy framework and the external (narrower) strip masked and painted on the outside of the canopy. The whole internal/external thing is often missed. Fuselage 1. Filled in many of the Airfix trenches. Rescribed panels various (such as the ram air turbine doors). Carved off several inappropriate details. Added hinge details to the ailerons and rudder. 2. Rebuilt the ram air exhaust vents on the top of the fuselage. 3. Made a starter exhaust collar from plastic card. Starter exhaust from nickel tube. 4. Quick boost resin ram air Intakes. 5. Home-etched grills let into the top of the fuselage. 6. NACA ducts x 5 per fuselage; plunge moulded into the fuselage using heated shaped brass masters. 7. Rear-starboard fuselage exhaust thingummy from bent nickel tube. 8. Remodelled wing root fairings. 9. Home resin cast various lumps and bumps including the aileron linkage housings: 10. Home made ‘seamless trunking’ from plastic card plus home vac-formed intake interiors. 11. Scratch built Adour compressor face. Which disappeared never to be seen again: 12. Tail pipe from thinned plastic tube with fusion-designed and resin-printed turbine face, which can just be seen if a torch is shined indelicately up the Hawk tailpipes. 13. Airbrake bay lined with plastic card. Airbrake reshaped and refined with added home-cast resin teardrop fairing. Airbrake posed very slightly opened – as often seen on parked Hawks. 14. Ventral strakes from etch (can’t remember the producer) improved with soldered-on brass rod and added flanges from plastic card and some archer resin rivets. 15. HGW 3d cast resin ‘domed’ rivets on the rear of the fuselage and the tailplane. Not really visible after painting. 16. Brass tube let into nose to form the pitot tube fairing and the pitot is the Master brass pitot (well worth it). 17. Anti-collision strobes, tail nav light and all the aerials fusion designed and resin printed (clear resin for the strobes). 18. At a latish stage I realised the nose contours were a bit pinched and not rounded/chubby enough. I think that the kit as moulded is slightly pinched but I’d exacerbated it in my attempts to fill/sand/rescribe (repeat x several) the trench like nose avionic bay hatch panel lines. So I used fusion to design some templates to correct the profile of the noses, printed a couple for each Hawk, stuck em either side of the nose and built up the nose with halfords filler primer before sanding/micromeshing it back. Happy with the shape of the noses now. Wings 1. Home etched vortex generators (VGs). 2. Leading edge stall strips from 0.5mm square section plastic rod. 3. Brass wing fences from the Airwaves set with added ‘flanges’ from 0.2mm plastic card. 4. Flaps posed down as that's how parked Hawks are usually seen. Cut out flaps, reworked kit parts to act as masters for home produced resin flap, scratched some flaplets from plastic strip. Undercarriage 1. Nose leg and wheel. Legs originally scratched from plastic, brass and nickel tube, bits salvaged from the kit part and home-cast resin. Home-cast resin wheel... Then I lost one a leg and wheel and ended up fusion designing and resin printing the nose legs and wheels with nickel tube for the fescalised oleo. 2. Main legs. Home cast resin legs and hubs with nickel tubing for oleos and plastic card details. Modified kit wheels. Retraction strut fusion designed and resin printed with nickel rod for the fescalised section. 3. All undercarriage doors fusion designed and resin printed. 4. Nose leg bay. Built up from plastic card with various added details from plastic card etc. 5. Main leg bays. Shortened and reshaped bay; removed bay roof and built up the side walls from plastic card with various added details from plastic card, stretched sprue and lead wire etc. 6. Undercarriage bays painted white and the undercarriage legs and internal sections of the undercarriage doors painted light aircraft grey. Armament (TWU Hawk) 1. Aden gun pod. Modified from what I think was an old Airfix offering (from the first Airfix Hawk kit) or possibly an old Matchbox offering. Either way, re-scribed, grills and vents added, gun barrel cover/fairing from reshaped plastic tube. 2. Wing Pylons, Long tailed CBLS and practice bombs, fusion designed and resin printed. 3. Various further cockpit details (e.g. rear cockpit bulkhead storage bag, cockpit rails etc. 4. Painting and decaling etc. Finishing 1. Paint colours as above. 2. The Valley Hawk was painted over a white primer with weathering limited to a dark wash in the moveable control surface lines and some judicious staining with oils. 3. The TWU was painted over a mottling of greys and browns. Post-painting work consisted of a mottled oil-dotting technique with light and dark grey (starship filth) from the Mig Ammo oil brusher range plus a dark wash and staining as above. I think that‘s about it So welcome back those as skipped the lengthy description. And now some Photo’s. Valley Cockpit Generally. Underneath And just cos I quite like this one TWU Cockpit Generally Underneath And with the gun pod Not my favourite look for the Hawk, so I just tacked the gun pod on for the photo’s and took it off again. I’ll probably lose it. Final one of them both I said it during the WIP, but the TWU Hawk is definitely my favourite. And there we are. Hope you like ‘em and thanks to everyone who commented on the WIP and made the thread fun to do. Edited April 1 by Fritag typo 117 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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