The Hawk that was no shark - Part I

The Hawk that was no shark - Part I

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

November 11th, 2011, 10:02 pm #1

Greetings everybody

I should be on my way to Telford now but I have decided to stay at home, having just recovered from a cold - and mostly because my airbrush broke down and I decided to blow my Telford budget on a new airbrush

To complicate things more I also threw another ancient kit on the bench

The Frog/Novo Tomahawk - well known by our ancestors



Interior parts

I was surprised to find some detail on the instrument panel



Note the cockpit floor with a slot for the seat



The old plastic needed some peg attention



I first glued the top wings to the fuselage

Note the fine wing guns



Just before gluing the bottom wing part - I realized I forgot to paint the ahum... "wheel bays"



The front end bulges only covered the bottom wing part

The same problem as on the AML kit...



Reasonable fit for such an old kit



It doesn't have a banana shape

Only a banana colour



Cold turkey treatment from my AML P-40



Thick frames on the canopy - but at least it was a perfect fit

Nose guns were pretty skinny and needed attention



Ready for some paint now



With the new airbrush !

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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: September 5th, 2009, 5:58 am

November 12th, 2011, 3:20 am #3

Greetings everybody

I should be on my way to Telford now but I have decided to stay at home, having just recovered from a cold - and mostly because my airbrush broke down and I decided to blow my Telford budget on a new airbrush

To complicate things more I also threw another ancient kit on the bench

The Frog/Novo Tomahawk - well known by our ancestors



Interior parts

I was surprised to find some detail on the instrument panel



Note the cockpit floor with a slot for the seat



The old plastic needed some peg attention



I first glued the top wings to the fuselage

Note the fine wing guns



Just before gluing the bottom wing part - I realized I forgot to paint the ahum... "wheel bays"



The front end bulges only covered the bottom wing part

The same problem as on the AML kit...



Reasonable fit for such an old kit



It doesn't have a banana shape

Only a banana colour



Cold turkey treatment from my AML P-40



Thick frames on the canopy - but at least it was a perfect fit

Nose guns were pretty skinny and needed attention



Ready for some paint now



With the new airbrush !

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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
Great stuff William, these multiple builds of yours are great, very interesting and enjoyable.

I am wondering if the Academy P40B is the Frog one as well? Certainly seen it very cheap here in NZ.

Great stuff,

Cheers
Jim
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

November 12th, 2011, 11:02 am #4

Greetings everybody

I should be on my way to Telford now but I have decided to stay at home, having just recovered from a cold - and mostly because my airbrush broke down and I decided to blow my Telford budget on a new airbrush

To complicate things more I also threw another ancient kit on the bench

The Frog/Novo Tomahawk - well known by our ancestors



Interior parts

I was surprised to find some detail on the instrument panel



Note the cockpit floor with a slot for the seat



The old plastic needed some peg attention



I first glued the top wings to the fuselage

Note the fine wing guns



Just before gluing the bottom wing part - I realized I forgot to paint the ahum... "wheel bays"



The front end bulges only covered the bottom wing part

The same problem as on the AML kit...



Reasonable fit for such an old kit



It doesn't have a banana shape

Only a banana colour



Cold turkey treatment from my AML P-40



Thick frames on the canopy - but at least it was a perfect fit

Nose guns were pretty skinny and needed attention



Ready for some paint now



With the new airbrush !

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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
turning into - what scheme will it be? Shame you are not getting to Telford as half the modellers in Australia will be there!!
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 12th, 2011, 1:51 pm #5

Wow, William - you've been bitten by the Hawk bug big time. This is Hawk build number four going on right now, correct? Dang, we got us a real live squadron forming up here! You are by far my favourite multi-build builder!
Best...Ted...

Current Build:
Mad About Migs Pt. 1; Mad About Migs Pt. 2; Mad About Migs Pt. 3; Mad About Migs Pt. 4; Mad About Migs Pt. 5

Tall Tales:
Kanal Kampf: A Spitfire Story
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig

Previous WIP Builds:
Matilda Makeover Pt.1; Matilda Makeover Pt.2; Matilda Makeover Pt.3; Matilda Makeover Finish;

The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8; The Big Spit Pt.9; The Big Spit Pt.10; The Big Spit Pt.11; The Big Spit Finish;

Me109 Pt.1; Me109 Pt.2; Me109 Pt.3; Me109 Finish;

Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;

Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish
It was gathering dust in the stash - with not much hope of ever getting build with more interesting releases becoming available now (Airfix), but with buying a new airbrush I thought it would be a good test bed for this, this is just a quick build, done over two evenings, to get as quickly as possible to the painting stage

And it will "complete" my line of early P-40 builds - though it will most likely be parked at the back

Thanks for the comments Ted - and I have been wondering what the hell you are doing with your MiGs - seems they need a runway of a few 100 miles long ?

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William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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 12th, 2011, 2:00 pm #6

Great stuff William, these multiple builds of yours are great, very interesting and enjoyable.

I am wondering if the Academy P40B is the Frog one as well? Certainly seen it very cheap here in NZ.

Great stuff,

Cheers
Jim
The Academy kit looks very similar to the Frog kit, it has exactly the same inaccurate shape, but with some improvements, like fine engraved panel lines, slightly better floor and seat, and it has a bomb, though the Frog/Novo wing guns are better

Since the Airfix kit isn't very expensive either (well here in Europe anyway), I recommend this kit, even if it costs a few pennies/cents more - it's worth it

Thanks for dropping in Jim, it's appreciated

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William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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 12th, 2011, 2:12 pm #7

turning into - what scheme will it be? Shame you are not getting to Telford as half the modellers in Australia will be there!!
For the scheme I mean... well for a Tomahawk anyway - it will be a Soviet scheme, since my other 3 builds are American, British and Chinese

Yes, I regret missing the Australian invasion at Telford

But I was sick earlier this week, I only just recovered and I had my doubts it would be a good idea driving all night to Telford, and running around there all day without much sleep - then my airbrush broke down and I found some consolation in the idea of buying a new airbrush with my Telford budget (ferry, gas and one hotel night plus God knows what temptations in plastic I would be unable to resist buying)

Thanks for the comments Graham - it's appreciated

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William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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: May 24th, 2008, 5:07 pm

November 13th, 2011, 7:44 am #8

Greetings everybody

I should be on my way to Telford now but I have decided to stay at home, having just recovered from a cold - and mostly because my airbrush broke down and I decided to blow my Telford budget on a new airbrush

To complicate things more I also threw another ancient kit on the bench

The Frog/Novo Tomahawk - well known by our ancestors



Interior parts

I was surprised to find some detail on the instrument panel



Note the cockpit floor with a slot for the seat



The old plastic needed some peg attention



I first glued the top wings to the fuselage

Note the fine wing guns



Just before gluing the bottom wing part - I realized I forgot to paint the ahum... "wheel bays"



The front end bulges only covered the bottom wing part

The same problem as on the AML kit...



Reasonable fit for such an old kit



It doesn't have a banana shape

Only a banana colour



Cold turkey treatment from my AML P-40



Thick frames on the canopy - but at least it was a perfect fit

Nose guns were pretty skinny and needed attention



Ready for some paint now



With the new airbrush !

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past 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 - 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
The only really glaring issue that stuck out for me was the extremely simplified chin scoop. But it's still vastly better than the Academy kit, which came out some 20 yesrs later. It was said to be a copy of the Frog kit with engraved panel lines, but Frog's molding was much better, and the Academy canopy is complete garbage.

Looking forward to seeing this one built up!

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

November 13th, 2011, 7:48 am #9

Great stuff William, these multiple builds of yours are great, very interesting and enjoyable.

I am wondering if the Academy P40B is the Frog one as well? Certainly seen it very cheap here in NZ.

Great stuff,

Cheers
Jim
although it may possibly be a crude copy. The Frog kit is actually much more crisply molded, and has a far better canopy.

SN
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