Flying sharks - part VII : AML Hawk painted

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Flying sharks - part VII : AML Hawk painted

Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 28th, 2011, 10:19 pm #1

Hello everybody

Not so long ago a little monster emerged from my bench



We fought it bravely



With a big sigh I started trimming the vac canopy - don't like them to be honest



Then a light bulb above my head appeared

My HobbyBoss kit had 2 canopies - a closed and an open option !



I robbed the open option (who would build a HobbyBoss kit with an open canopy anyway - knowing their basic cockpit interiors!)

Well it was not a perfect fit - side windows were too long !



Sawing would be too rough a job for the delicate clear parts

So a heated knife sliced the plastic as butter - a clean cut - from a dirty technique I used regularly in my teens



The canopy was too wide

Maybe thick canopy rails will make it less obvious ?



Painted in AVG colours

At least that was my intention



I decided to do 46 - a decal option from the Trumpeter kit



I would have painted the red fuselage stripe, but doing it in AVG markings was a last minute decision hence the red stripe decal - which worked quite well - I liked the fact it was too long giving you more room to make it fit everywhere



Decals worked well

The (sun shaded?) light blue roundels went on the top wing, dark blue on the underwings



One problem though : the shark mouth decal is designed for the Trumpeter kit

So either The Trumpeter kit is too short or my AML kit is too long ?



Drawing ink & pen to the rescue



Looking well after a coat of Satin Vallejo varnish



Except, I'm not happy with how the canopy worked out

Especially these thick rails... after all the work I've done on this kit...



But I like to move on too

Maybe weathering will make it less obvious ?

Thanks for your time people


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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: April 2nd, 2007, 11:33 pm

November 29th, 2011, 12:43 am #3

Hello everybody

Not so long ago a little monster emerged from my bench



We fought it bravely



With a big sigh I started trimming the vac canopy - don't like them to be honest



Then a light bulb above my head appeared

My HobbyBoss kit had 2 canopies - a closed and an open option !



I robbed the open option (who would build a HobbyBoss kit with an open canopy anyway - knowing their basic cockpit interiors!)

Well it was not a perfect fit - side windows were too long !



Sawing would be too rough a job for the delicate clear parts

So a heated knife sliced the plastic as butter - a clean cut - from a dirty technique I used regularly in my teens



The canopy was too wide

Maybe thick canopy rails will make it less obvious ?



Painted in AVG colours

At least that was my intention



I decided to do 46 - a decal option from the Trumpeter kit



I would have painted the red fuselage stripe, but doing it in AVG markings was a last minute decision hence the red stripe decal - which worked quite well - I liked the fact it was too long giving you more room to make it fit everywhere



Decals worked well

The (sun shaded?) light blue roundels went on the top wing, dark blue on the underwings



One problem though : the shark mouth decal is designed for the Trumpeter kit

So either The Trumpeter kit is too short or my AML kit is too long ?



Drawing ink & pen to the rescue



Looking well after a coat of Satin Vallejo varnish



Except, I'm not happy with how the canopy worked out

Especially these thick rails... after all the work I've done on this kit...



But I like to move on too

Maybe weathering will make it less obvious ?

Thanks for your time people


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
...you do fix those canopy frames. Just think of all the work you put in to tame that beast! I know it's a pain, but it would really be icing on the Tomohawk cake!

Well done, by the way. Colors are nice and great save on the chin teeth!

Cheers.
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Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

November 29th, 2011, 12:56 am #4

at that piont I would have stuffed it in a box or used it to test paints.

So, brave man, you have done VERY well in repairing that kit.

On the windows try a round toothpic or a bamboo chopstich that you have tapered (not quite to a point) with knife. Then rub the canopy where you don't want the paint. The stiffness of the wood should take off the paint but the hardness of the wood should be too soft to scratch the canopy. Give it a careful try.

Greg in OK
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Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

November 29th, 2011, 12:57 am #5

Hello everybody

Not so long ago a little monster emerged from my bench



We fought it bravely



With a big sigh I started trimming the vac canopy - don't like them to be honest



Then a light bulb above my head appeared

My HobbyBoss kit had 2 canopies - a closed and an open option !



I robbed the open option (who would build a HobbyBoss kit with an open canopy anyway - knowing their basic cockpit interiors!)

Well it was not a perfect fit - side windows were too long !



Sawing would be too rough a job for the delicate clear parts

So a heated knife sliced the plastic as butter - a clean cut - from a dirty technique I used regularly in my teens



The canopy was too wide

Maybe thick canopy rails will make it less obvious ?



Painted in AVG colours

At least that was my intention



I decided to do 46 - a decal option from the Trumpeter kit



I would have painted the red fuselage stripe, but doing it in AVG markings was a last minute decision hence the red stripe decal - which worked quite well - I liked the fact it was too long giving you more room to make it fit everywhere



Decals worked well

The (sun shaded?) light blue roundels went on the top wing, dark blue on the underwings



One problem though : the shark mouth decal is designed for the Trumpeter kit

So either The Trumpeter kit is too short or my AML kit is too long ?



Drawing ink & pen to the rescue



Looking well after a coat of Satin Vallejo varnish



Except, I'm not happy with how the canopy worked out

Especially these thick rails... after all the work I've done on this kit...



But I like to move on too

Maybe weathering will make it less obvious ?

Thanks for your time people


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Darn, miss posted my comments, see above nt
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Massimo La Civita
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November 29th, 2011, 9:53 am #6

at that piont I would have stuffed it in a box or used it to test paints.

So, brave man, you have done VERY well in repairing that kit.

On the windows try a round toothpic or a bamboo chopstich that you have tapered (not quite to a point) with knife. Then rub the canopy where you don't want the paint. The stiffness of the wood should take off the paint but the hardness of the wood should be too soft to scratch the canopy. Give it a careful try.

Greg in OK
I would also moisten the toothpick tip with water (...ehm...I admit I use saliva).
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:06 pm

November 30th, 2011, 6:01 pm #7

Hello everybody

Not so long ago a little monster emerged from my bench



We fought it bravely



With a big sigh I started trimming the vac canopy - don't like them to be honest



Then a light bulb above my head appeared

My HobbyBoss kit had 2 canopies - a closed and an open option !



I robbed the open option (who would build a HobbyBoss kit with an open canopy anyway - knowing their basic cockpit interiors!)

Well it was not a perfect fit - side windows were too long !



Sawing would be too rough a job for the delicate clear parts

So a heated knife sliced the plastic as butter - a clean cut - from a dirty technique I used regularly in my teens



The canopy was too wide

Maybe thick canopy rails will make it less obvious ?



Painted in AVG colours

At least that was my intention



I decided to do 46 - a decal option from the Trumpeter kit



I would have painted the red fuselage stripe, but doing it in AVG markings was a last minute decision hence the red stripe decal - which worked quite well - I liked the fact it was too long giving you more room to make it fit everywhere



Decals worked well

The (sun shaded?) light blue roundels went on the top wing, dark blue on the underwings



One problem though : the shark mouth decal is designed for the Trumpeter kit

So either The Trumpeter kit is too short or my AML kit is too long ?



Drawing ink & pen to the rescue



Looking well after a coat of Satin Vallejo varnish



Except, I'm not happy with how the canopy worked out

Especially these thick rails... after all the work I've done on this kit...



But I like to move on too

Maybe weathering will make it less obvious ?

Thanks for your time people


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
you would have a chest full William! Talk about a recovery from the crap pile...

Cheers, Vic
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 30th, 2011, 7:08 pm #8

Man! I wouldn't worry about how the canopy looks. It is more than overwhelmed by the beautiful paint finish and decalling job you've got going here! Well done - can't wait to see Hawk Squadron airborne!!
Best...Ted...

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Kudos to HobbyBoss for them

And though I'm pleased with my paint work with the new airbrush, I still have too much "misting" to my taste - hope to get rid of this with my next builds

And the canopy - I will try to pretend I'm not worried about it



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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI - Part VII
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

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Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 30th, 2011, 7:09 pm #9

...you do fix those canopy frames. Just think of all the work you put in to tame that beast! I know it's a pain, but it would really be icing on the Tomohawk cake!

Well done, by the way. Colors are nice and great save on the chin teeth!

Cheers.
Hand painting canopy frames I mean - taking short cuts

But you are right - see if I can fix them somehow

Thanks Dan

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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI - Part VII
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 30th, 2011, 7:11 pm #10

at that piont I would have stuffed it in a box or used it to test paints.

So, brave man, you have done VERY well in repairing that kit.

On the windows try a round toothpic or a bamboo chopstich that you have tapered (not quite to a point) with knife. Then rub the canopy where you don't want the paint. The stiffness of the wood should take off the paint but the hardness of the wood should be too soft to scratch the canopy. Give it a careful try.

Greg in OK
But the canopy frames still look heavy - and the canopy sits too high... I'm worried about this - and weathering makes it look somewhat better, unfortunately not much

Thanks Greg in OK



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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI - Part VII
1/72 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I - Part II - Part III/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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