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Scratchbuild a Curtiss Hawk III (BF2C-1) in 1/4.5

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Beautiful work. Hope the rehab goes well.
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Hi guys,
I`m back.
@Matt > thanks and, yes the rehab was successful but to the end of the year the virus was catching me and knocked out for another 5 weeks.
But now I`m fine as well and it`s going straight on here.
At first, I finished the covered parts with zigzag band. One hundred ribs,a knot every 10 millimeters > you know what it means.
Here, as examble, the elevator.


The next task was the canopy.In my collection I have a paper cut out model.




So I got very nice templates. My friend Dieter milled the frames out of 0.3 mm sheet brass.


The next step:Guide rails were soldered on and the frame was bent into shape.

Then I added markings at the deep-drawn cabin blank, glued the frame in place and cutted it out.







First test:


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Before I`done the front part, I wanted to finish detailing the hull. Rivets, maintenance openings, quick-release fasteners, all the little things.






I didn`t want to do more, it's only semi-scale after all.
Now the front part of the canopy. Dieter milled it too, soldering together, inserting glass panes and adjust.




I made the slide rails for the rear part of the canopy from brass profile and glued them in place.


Looks good doesn`t it?
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Fantastic!
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Wonderful work! For a semi scale model, you are putting in the effort of a F4C contestant.
I am only a bit concerned about the speed of the retracts. In the case of a dead stick, or landing in a plowed field, those seconds will be painfully long.
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Thank you guys, you makes me proud.
@Lars > yes it seems that it takes a very long time to retract and extend. The original pilot had to operate the landing gear with a hand crank. I saw a video. Kermith Week flew his Gumman Duck. It took him close to 3 minutes to retrct the landing gear.If you put this time in scale, than that fits. And if I have a problem, I prefer a belly landing
Now the building continues:
When I looked at a couple of pics, I saw, I forgott those struts between the landing gear legs. They are used to attach the additional tank (I think so).

So I careful added them. The challenge was not to damage the finished surface.The pics shows all, I can remove them to add a tank if I want.




The next step is the canopy.
I only want to make a"bust" canoy. So I added a horizontal deck.


I own a pic from the seat. I`ve done a little simple mould and than the seat was deep drawn from 0,75 mm plastic sheet.


The frame was mad from a 2mm alu tube, glued with super glue.




For the first time added to the hull, I think it works.



Of course is there more detailing possible but, how I said, it is only semi-scale.
Thomas

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Old 06-26-2021, 12:08 PM
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Hi guys,
sorry for the break.
Most of the work was done at the end of March, unfortunately the weather did not allow us to start painting.
So I started the next project > a Westlandwhirlwind in scale 1:5 from a Vance Mosher kit. Feel free to look here: https://www.modelisme.com/forum/aero...osher-kit.html > without registration or here: https://www.rcscalebuilder.com/forum...340&PN=1&TPN=1 with registration.

I stopped this now after finishing the tail because there is now weather for painting.

In the meantime i have made the instrument panel.
A look at the original:

I started with some paperwork, made a dummy from cardboard.





When it fits into the fuselage I`ve made a basic from balsa, laminated with a thin polystyren sheet.



Now the instruments were arranged, some rivets were set, an ignition switch and a rheostat were built and the whole thing was primed black.






Cheers,
Thomas

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Old 07-18-2021, 12:07 PM
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Hi guys,
sorry for the break, I shared my attention a little, another project distracted me a little.
But now it goes on here.
At first, the instrument panel, some colours and any little stuff added.


The next job was the wheel cover. I made some wooden tools, and than I deep-drawn the part I need.





Now is time for finish.
All the part are here now.


Now the primer is sprayed.


I`ll start with the colours next weekend.
All the best,
Thomas
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That is one big airplane!
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Thank you Mike.

The first colour is added, a light grey. I didn`t have a correct colout table, I have only some palstic kits and there I have so many various colour schemes as kits
For masking I used some foam cord, it makes smoth color transitions






Into the next days, I`ll continue with a brown/ockre colour.
All the best,
Thomas

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She is really starting to look fantastic!
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Thanks a lot, my friend.
The next colour is added, a light ocherbrown.




I have the color tone of pictures of the last original machine from the museum of the RTAF in Bankok. Since this has been painted over several times, I naturally have all the freedom to choose the color
In the next few days the green will follow.
All the best,
Thomas
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Thanks Thomas!
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Lookin Good. Nice work

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Thank you guys for your interest.
The green is now also on the plane.








All the details come out well. If I complete the fuselage, I`m quite satisfied



The next stepp will be adding all the decals and a light weathering.
Cheers,
Thomas

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Old 08-22-2021, 11:14 AM
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The basic color are on now and the detailing begins.
The first step is fixing the place for the unit insignia


Now I needed al lot of tape and paper.




Such a hassle only for a couple of blue strips



After fixing some bugs with the airbrush I started with coloring the rudder.


Cheers,
Thomas
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Thomas this is going to be some fantastic looking airplane! The guys at your field will need to bring their own buckets to catch their drool!
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Yeah Mike, I`ll do my very best and hope not to forget some towels for the guys.....

The rudder is finished yet.



During I painted the aircraft my friends made me some special part in 3 D print


Here is an overview with the rudder, the rear part ot the canopy and the pilot, but without those little things.


And now the snap locks are added.


I continoued with the cockades at the lower wings.
The girls in my local coppyshop made them in two parts,a white basic part and a colored part, just like some plastc modellers do. So the colors come out much more brilliant.



On this light grey surface it works as well, let`s see what happens tomorrow when I do the bright green top of the upper wing...
Cheers,
Thomas

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Oh wow! Great photos and I love the 3D printed parts!
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I enjoy following your build and thanks for posting the pictures. Great build.

Take Care
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Thank you guys, your interest makes me proud and a little emberassed.
@ Mike > yes this 3-D-printing thing opens up completely new possibilities.
Today I added the decals onto the upper wing. The white "basing decal" works as well. The green is very violet but the white covers very well.



The colored decal is now routine, it cames out very nice.



Cheers,
Thomas
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Today was time for painting the last small pieces, hubcaps, rims and the snap locks


During the drying time I added the last decals on the fuselage.




They came out as well and I`m proud of it.
Cheers,
Thomas

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Great work Thomas,

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It's nice to see it all coming together.
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This project is going to be museum quality or close to it. Already you can see the attention to detail a great work possesses.

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