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tim dix

Blue Hawk XX231

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Hi

For my next trick, I will be doing XX231, In a sassy little blue number. Cant work out how to do a link, but believe me, its cool.

Anywho, I will have to do it with a combination of decal sheets, as the original one from this box is missing, doh! I think I have all I need, except the white arrow for underneath, its exactly the same as the reds one, so I dont suppose anyone out there in Britland has a spare arrow from the original decal sheet, from this kit that they could let me have, id be very gratefull?

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Hope your builds are going well

Tim

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OK, so tonights efforts have been a little slow, but im quite pleased with them.

I sprayed the 2 sprues with primer, then set out painting the tub and control panels. I decided the ones in the kit are just a bit rubbish, so made some of my own instead, using decals from a sheet, put on some clear acetate, before painting the reverese in grey, and cutting to fit.

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Once dry, I stuck them to the tub, trimming so as they would fit under the coaming, when the halves were put together. I also trimmed and made a little map folder tu go behind therear seat.

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Thats it for now, When its all dry, I will neaten things up.

Tim

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Hi, Today so far...

I realised that I will prob have to drop the flaps, so a little surgery was required. Thanks to all the great ref photos on this GB,and fellow Britmodeller Tony (started your hawk yet,hmmm?) I think I have come up with something that should look roughly right.

I couldnt work out how to cut the flaps without losing too much of the top part of the wing, so I cut anyway, and replaced the bit I lost, with some thin clear plastic sheet. I simply layed a strip of it on the top of another hawks wing, marked ot what was needed, and cut accordingly, then rescribed in the panel lines. It will need tidying up, but I will do that later.

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Cheers

Tim

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this looks fab i have the blue one on my soon to go list

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this looks fab i have the blue one on my soon to go list

Cheers Mate, talking of which, Can I bag xx178 (I think) I will do them as a brace.

Thanks

Tim

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Hi Guys

well, the sunny weather has seriously hampered efforts over the last few days, but I have got a bit done.

I have tarted up the basic kit seat using stretched sprue, modelling tape for belts and paper foil for seat cusions (I tend not to buy AM sets, as I can never fit resin tubs or seats in, and etch baffles me totally.

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Basic painting started

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A pic of the seats next to a basic kit one. Just need tidying up a bit really.

The only other thing I have done, is add a few wires to the front coaming, and reshape the aft coaming, to make it look a bit more accurate.

Hope all your builds are going well, they all look great.

Thanks, and Happy Easter.

Tim

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Cheers dude.

Quick update, I have put the seats in, started to box the wheel wells in and began spraying the blue. I will rub it down with fine cloth once done, before a final coat, if I can find somewhere that wont allow dust to settle on it (yeah right).

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Hope your builds are going well.

Tim

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wow this will be finished in a day or 2 well done

by the way what paint have you used

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Cheers Mark, but that is very optimistic!

I used xtra-colour roundel blue, not my favorite paint as it can take ages to cure, but it sprays ok I guess.

Cheers

Tim

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Evening

I have finished the main painting, so I thought I would start the decaling. I have had to use a mix of a few sets of decal sheets, but I think I will be able to get most of what I need.

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Hope your builds are going well :)

Tim

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Looking good, how did you do the stripe in the end?

Antony

Hey dude,

decal in the end mate. The one with the herc and harrier on it.

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Quick update, I have managed to get the arrow on the bottom, its not quite right but its as close as I think I am going to get it. I will tidy it all up later. I cant make my mind up if to detail the main gear bays or not, its not like you are going to see them, but I know it will enhance the kit. All advice welcome.

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CHeers

Tim

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Evening,

Todays update, I have managed to get the other stripe and roundels on, and detailed the canopy, to add some handles and wires etc. still need to tidy a few areas up, and sort out the wheel wells. I think I am going to add some engine blanks too.

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Cheers guys

Tim

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Evening,

I havent had much time recently to do much modelling, but I have managed to attached the flaps, main wheels, and most of the decals. I still need to touch up the arrow, add some little gear doors, stall bars, pitot tubes and all the other bits that I will never find once I have knocked them off.

I have added some rudimentary RBF tags, and restraining sleeves on the gear arms.

Hope you like it

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Cheers

Tim

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Im Calling this one done, had some major probs at home, but managed to at least complete this one.

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Hope you like it

Tim

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