Airfix Hawk 81 DONE

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Airfix Hawk 81 DONE

Joined: May 24th, 2008, 5:07 pm

March 8th, 2012, 5:01 am #1

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve










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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

March 8th, 2012, 7:34 am #2

Well done Steve.. looks smashing!
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Joined: February 26th, 2002, 4:32 am

March 8th, 2012, 9:36 am #3

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









It would seem that with care the panel lines are manageable, good job, n/t
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Joined: July 7th, 2005, 6:43 pm

March 8th, 2012, 10:08 am #4

When I eventually tackle one of these new Airfix kits, I'm inclined to try some of that Mr. Surfacer stuff, if I can get some. There is no way those lines would look acceptable (to me) using an airbrush.

Good result Steve.
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

March 8th, 2012, 10:46 am #5

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









What did you use for the light under the wing?
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

March 8th, 2012, 10:55 pm #6

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









It looks great - and somehow your panel lines don't seem to be that deep and big, you treated them well

I'm jealous of your exhaust stains, I never can seem to get this right

Really great job Steve

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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 10:40 pm

March 9th, 2012, 1:07 am #7

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









Excellent job Steve, really sweet looking P-40.
I have the same sheet for the wing markings, they work perfectly. My own build may move up in the line after seeing yours !!!
So what's next for us?.....

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Joined: July 8th, 2008, 10:57 am

March 9th, 2012, 5:28 am #8

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









Beauteous paint and weathering! I really want one of these (Do you hear me, Hong Kong hobby shops?!)

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Joined: May 24th, 2008, 5:07 pm

March 9th, 2012, 6:15 am #9

What did you use for the light under the wing?
I used an MV products lens for the landing light. You can find them in the model RR section of the hobby shop. They're basically a little blob of clear acrylic painted silver on one side. They look nice, althugh they're not quite accurate for a retractable landing light, since they're convex, while the real light was flush with the wing surface. I would have simply used the kit part with some Bare Metal Foil on the back, but I lost it, and I happened to have an MV lens of the correct size handy.

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Joined: May 24th, 2008, 5:07 pm

March 9th, 2012, 6:17 am #10

Got the new Airfix Tomahawk finished. A great kit, and a wonderfully trouble-free build. The only extras I added were tape seatbelts, a chunk of clear stock inside the windscreen to represent the armor glass, an MV lens landing light (because I lost the kit part) and some wedges of plastic card between the cowl flaps. Unfortunately, I didn't discover until after painting decaling that that there's not supposed to be a panel line on the chin, but it's too late to fix it now.

The kit decals went on beautifully..the only aftermarkets I used were some old Superscale wing insignias. The panel lines are a bit heavy, but don't look too bad after painting and clearcoating. I added some exhaust, oil, and gun stains, and some "chipping" using a silver Prismacolor pencil. I may add a bit more weathering, and I'd like to get a PE ring sight, but for now I'm calling it done.

Cheers!

Steve









I think Airfix has finally given us 1/72 buildters a "definitive" early P-40.

SN
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