The Hawk that was no shark - Part II

The Hawk that was no shark - Part II

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

November 13th, 2011, 10:00 pm #1

Good evening ladies and gentlemen

Much to my own surprise I'm enjoying working on the most basic Tomahawk kit in my collection very much



Probably because I have settled for a straight forward quick build

In two evenings I had it ready for painting



A coat of primer revealed some mistakes - like an access panel on star board side

It was removed with some quick sanding



The kits decals were at best questionable



But I had decided to do a Soviet Hawk

It is one of the decal options of the Trumpeter kit (who by the way call it a Kittyhawk!)



Vallejo Model Air 008 Pale blue was used for the undersides

I dully followed the instructions - I didn't spend time on studying the true colours of these aircraft



Top sides were done with Vallejo Model Air 026 US Flat tan and 013 Dark green

Undersides were masked - but topside colours were done freehand, with the new airbrush



The dangers of masking - lifting off some paint

... and I forgot to mask my "wheel bays"



My two coats of Future also had some surprises

Air bubble remnants



What have I done to deserve this ???



I tried to erase these bubble remains with sanding

... but soon abandoned this when damaging the paint



On to the decals

A small piece of clear tape (sadly barely visible in the picture) keeps the protective sheet neatly on the decals



A hot cup of water and half an hour later...



The Trumpeter decals worked like a charm - all 10 of them !

Bring on the fiddly bits !

Thank you for you attention dear people


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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

November 13th, 2011, 10:42 pm #2

That plastic looks almost like resin! Never seen a Novo kit in that colour before. My Novo kit is in olive plastic.

Bummer with that Future reaction - past its shelf life, perhaps?

One thing I really like with this kit is the sit of the canopy. All the other manufacturers have the sliding part sitting too high.

Nice finish, William. You don't see too many VVS P-40s!
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

November 13th, 2011, 11:11 pm #3

I've never seen such yellow plastic neither - but I only have a few Novo kits

I agree on the sit of the canopy - it's perfect, and I don't know why all the other manufacturers made their canopy slightly too high, even the new Airfix kit, it distracts from the clean line of the model and it's hard to correct

My other 3 Hawks are American, British and Chinese, so I figured this one had to be Soviet - maybe I still can do a Turkish one to complete the circus

Thanks for commenting Claus - how are your Meteors doing ?

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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

November 14th, 2011, 12:15 am #4

Actually had a cat named Meteor but that was long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Either you are a psychic (I picked up an Airfix Meteor III recently at a show and have just started cutting plastic on that) or you must be thinking about Graham Carter's recent Meteor post?

Funny you should mention a Turkish Hawk - I have just started work on two Airfix Hawks - one Turkish OOB and one AVG with a little extra work involved. Watch the Airfix forum for progress on that.

So, that new airbrush - what is it and what are your first impressions? I need to buy a new one and need all the advice I can get.
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Joined: April 26th, 2011, 1:51 am

November 14th, 2011, 5:57 am #5

Good evening ladies and gentlemen

Much to my own surprise I'm enjoying working on the most basic Tomahawk kit in my collection very much



Probably because I have settled for a straight forward quick build

In two evenings I had it ready for painting



A coat of primer revealed some mistakes - like an access panel on star board side

It was removed with some quick sanding



The kits decals were at best questionable



But I had decided to do a Soviet Hawk

It is one of the decal options of the Trumpeter kit (who by the way call it a Kittyhawk!)



Vallejo Model Air 008 Pale blue was used for the undersides

I dully followed the instructions - I didn't spend time on studying the true colours of these aircraft



Top sides were done with Vallejo Model Air 026 US Flat tan and 013 Dark green

Undersides were masked - but topside colours were done freehand, with the new airbrush



The dangers of masking - lifting off some paint

... and I forgot to mask my "wheel bays"



My two coats of Future also had some surprises

Air bubble remnants



What have I done to deserve this ???



I tried to erase these bubble remains with sanding

... but soon abandoned this when damaging the paint



On to the decals

A small piece of clear tape (sadly barely visible in the picture) keeps the protective sheet neatly on the decals



A hot cup of water and half an hour later...



The Trumpeter decals worked like a charm - all 10 of them !

Bring on the fiddly bits !

Thank you for you attention dear people


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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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
William that is looking great! Don't see many Soviet Hawks.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:06 pm

November 14th, 2011, 4:58 pm #6

Good evening ladies and gentlemen

Much to my own surprise I'm enjoying working on the most basic Tomahawk kit in my collection very much



Probably because I have settled for a straight forward quick build

In two evenings I had it ready for painting



A coat of primer revealed some mistakes - like an access panel on star board side

It was removed with some quick sanding



The kits decals were at best questionable



But I had decided to do a Soviet Hawk

It is one of the decal options of the Trumpeter kit (who by the way call it a Kittyhawk!)



Vallejo Model Air 008 Pale blue was used for the undersides

I dully followed the instructions - I didn't spend time on studying the true colours of these aircraft



Top sides were done with Vallejo Model Air 026 US Flat tan and 013 Dark green

Undersides were masked - but topside colours were done freehand, with the new airbrush



The dangers of masking - lifting off some paint

... and I forgot to mask my "wheel bays"



My two coats of Future also had some surprises

Air bubble remnants



What have I done to deserve this ???



I tried to erase these bubble remains with sanding

... but soon abandoned this when damaging the paint



On to the decals

A small piece of clear tape (sadly barely visible in the picture) keeps the protective sheet neatly on the decals



A hot cup of water and half an hour later...



The Trumpeter decals worked like a charm - all 10 of them !

Bring on the fiddly bits !

Thank you for you attention dear people


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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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
They are very pleasing to one eyes - at least to mine:-)

Interesting reaction to the FUTURE. I have never had that happen and I wonder what caused it? Your new gun seems to be working well


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

November 14th, 2011, 11:01 pm #7

Actually had a cat named Meteor but that was long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Either you are a psychic (I picked up an Airfix Meteor III recently at a show and have just started cutting plastic on that) or you must be thinking about Graham Carter's recent Meteor post?

Funny you should mention a Turkish Hawk - I have just started work on two Airfix Hawks - one Turkish OOB and one AVG with a little extra work involved. Watch the Airfix forum for progress on that.

So, that new airbrush - what is it and what are your first impressions? I need to buy a new one and need all the advice I can get.
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Actually it seems I was linking Grahams Meteors with you - maybe it's time for my medicine again

You are doing a Turkish Hawk ?
I still have the Academy kit and I was thinking it would be neat to do it as a Turkish one now - to complete the circus - I think I can paint the square markings but I'm not sure about the white moon and star on the rudder - do you have decals ?

My new airbursh is an Harder & Steenbeck Evolution - the same model as my previous one (so I don't have a real first impression), basically because after al these years I know finaly how it works now - sticking with the guns - and I'm pleased with my freehand camo job, though I still have too much misting... ah maybe better next time

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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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 14th, 2011, 11:04 pm #8

William that is looking great! Don't see many Soviet Hawks.
Except for a Turkish one

I'm surprised how many different schemes there are for these early Hawks - yesterday I even discovered an Egyptian one, I need to investigate this further - and there is one captured by Italians too...

Thanks for hopping in Tim



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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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 14th, 2011, 11:14 pm #9

They are very pleasing to one eyes - at least to mine:-)

Interesting reaction to the FUTURE. I have never had that happen and I wonder what caused it? Your new gun seems to be working well


Cheers, Vic
Maybe I painted the Future too quickly on the model - it's a good thing I assume Soviet aircraft can be weathered heavily, so I can try to limit the damage somehow

I'm not sure about the colours, especially the brown - I need to investigate my Soviet World War II colours more - maybe next time when I do a more in dept build of a Soviet type

To be honest, while using the new gun for the first time, I already dropped it - breaking of the control screw mechanism at the end of the gun Just my luck, so the next day I was already in the shop again - luckily it was an easy repair which costed me only 8 euro - but now I'm more careful - still have to learn a lot, like painting without misting too much



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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

November 14th, 2011, 11:25 pm #10

Actually it seems I was linking Grahams Meteors with you - maybe it's time for my medicine again

You are doing a Turkish Hawk ?
I still have the Academy kit and I was thinking it would be neat to do it as a Turkish one now - to complete the circus - I think I can paint the square markings but I'm not sure about the white moon and star on the rudder - do you have decals ?

My new airbursh is an Harder & Steenbeck Evolution - the same model as my previous one (so I don't have a real first impression), basically because after al these years I know finaly how it works now - sticking with the guns - and I'm pleased with my freehand camo job, though I still have too much misting... ah maybe better next time

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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 - Frog/Novo - Curtiss Tomahawk : Part I
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
Haven't really given much thought to the markings yet. National markings on the wings I'll probably just cut from solid colour decal. Rudder markins are a different story. I see two ways to do those.
1) Paint the rudder white and do the red in Illustrator and print it on clear decal film
2) A white star can probably be found in the decal bank, and the half moon can in principle be made on white decal with a compass cutter - except that my Olfa cutter has a minimum diameter of 1 cm! I think I have circular scribing templates somewhere. Could be used, I guess.

If I go for 1) I'll send you a set. If 2) I'll describe what I did.

Thanks for the airbrush info! And mistaking Graham's work for mine I actually consider a great honour.
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