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Old 03-04-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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Right, I've started a new thread to chronicle the build up of my Hawk kit recently received from Jim.

I've already started by sorting all the parts out in to a compartmented plastic container, and have trimmed the pour stubs off the parts that have them.

There is little clean up necessary, but I have made a start on this and already have a number of parts ready to go.

I have also taken some stock brass tube and cut sections to length for insertion in the rear body section as shown by Jim in one of his earlier pictures. I plan on inserting a tube sleeve in the rear body and side boosters, with tube of the next diameter down to slide in to it and bring it all together. I'll do similar for the rear engine section too.

I'm sitting and planning the build in detail, using Jim's advice where possible, so hopefully there will be no major hurdles.

The one thing I do need to figure out are the subassemblies I need to build up in order to paint the model in its Orange colour scheme before final assembly.

Right now I'm thinking along the lines of the following subassemblies:

1. Front and rear main hull joined together with front 'wings' (with brass sleeves in the rear ready to take the side pods and rod out of the rear for the engine section)

2. Side boosters with bottom plate and upper frameworks, kit detail on upper surface of plates and quad thruster block mounted (engine bells left off).

3. 'Solar Panel' on top rear hull

4. Rear engine section

5. Hull top framework

6. Weapons for front 'wings'

7. Engine bells and VTOL thrusters

8. Other small detail pieces, rods etc.

I'd be interested to hear of any other ideas for this breakdown...

Chris
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Just leaving all the LEM legs off will make painting the orange much simpler. I know Jim supplied resin legs but consider using the actual Airfix kit bits.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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Since writing that earlier this afternoon, I have done some more clean up.

I've now drilled the 7mm holes in the side boosters and rear fuselage for the brass tubes to mount the boosters and engine assembly - much the same as shown in Jim's cutaway drawing.

The tubes have been mounted in a wooden block, glued and secured, and I've now filled the rear section with expanding foam which is going hard overnight.

I have taken pictures as I progressed, but I have to get up very early for work tomorrow as so am off to bed now. I shall post the pics to illustrate progress to date when I return tomorrow...

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:47 PM   #4
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Just leaving all the LEM legs off will make painting the orange much simpler. I know Jim supplied resin legs but consider using the actual Airfix kit bits.
Understood...looks like I'll have to go and buy a number of LEM kits now then !
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Good luck with the build up. Mine aren't here yet and I couldn't start anyway. I'm loaded with work over here. But I will let you know when they are here anyway.
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Mine aren't here yet ... when they are here ...
how many are you going to build then
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Understood...looks like I'll have to go and buy a number of LEM kits now then !
Good luck; I've boon looking around for a couple for a non-Hawk project and as far as I can see, they're rarer than Hen's Teeth.

I understand that Airfix will be producing them next year for the 40th Anniversary, along with the Saturn V and Saturn 1b
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:18 AM   #8
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It will be interesting to see this project develop Chris, the the info coming.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:41 AM   #9
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Chris you have a ton of stuff going on with this and the Eagle. Very exciting.
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The Eagle is on the back-burner while I work on the Hawk for now...it's a much more satisfying project working on something genuinely studio scale, and accurate, where the Eagle is a bit of a pig...
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how many are you going to build then
Two of them.
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The Eagle is on the back-burner while I work on the Hawk for now...it's a much more satisfying project working on something genuinely studio scale, and accurate, where the Eagle is a bit of a pig...
Did you check the possibility for hollowing out the head (from the base, recast the under side) or to replace it with a hollow head from Jim? I have a hawk head from Jim, so I will check that option. Just a thought in case ....
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:21 PM   #13
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To be honest, no. I've done so little casting in my time that I don't feel up to this sort of 'surgery'.

The CM and front hull is so perfectly cast I'm not about to break in to it to install an interior. The best I could do it to carefully take out the windows and replace them with transparent orange sheet much like the originals, but as yet I'm undecided on that.

Any ideas on this Jim ?

Since getting home from work I have cleaned up the rear hull after filling it with foam and done some minor clean up along inner seams on the boosters. There are no visible seams at all on the outside of the boosters (the side visible when mounted).

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Old 05-04-2008, 06:35 PM   #14
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Right - some pics of some work in progress...

The general parts on my bench...


Hole drilled in rear hull for engine mounting rod


Access cut in front end of rear hull to allow a wooden block to be mounted to hold the brass rods for the engine and side boosters


Front main hull rear end


Side booster with rear end cut out to allow access to epoxy brass tubes in place. This will be covered by the booster engine section when mounted.


Rods prepared for mounting in the hull


Starting to mount rods in to a wooden block cut to size


Placing the assembly in rear hull through the access hole cut for the purpose


Brass tube in place through the wooden block just like Jim's diagrams


The view inside through the access hole


Vertical strengthening added to the front of the rear hull, attached with epoxy to plasticard plates top and bottom. Designed to stop inward or outward bowing of the upper and lower hull when handling later on or during the fill with expanding foam. The hole in the brass tube was for a long screw used as a handle to allow me to position this piece through the narrow access.


The rear hull with rods in place ready to take the expanding foam fill


Since taking these I have now filled the hull with foam and it's pretty solid...

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Coming on nicely mate, you are not hanging about are you.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:06 PM   #16
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^ Speedbuild™!
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:52 PM   #17
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It's not deliberately a speedbuild - I just work at this speed

Here's this evening's latest:

This is the hull sections loosely butted together before this evening's work


After work on the brass tubes to join the boosters to the rear hull, we end up like this. The parts are loosely placed, and not all are fully cleaned up yet, but it's just to get a general impression of how she goes together


Another angle. The side boosters slide on and off their brass tubes, so are easy to paint before final assembly. Having said that they're a good tight fit.


Weapons wing placed to show how it goes


That's me done for this evening as I have an early start tomorrow for a trip to Lincolnshire...in the snow that's forecast here !

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Old 06-04-2008, 02:24 AM   #18
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Well... Im drooling....
Looks great...
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:42 AM   #19
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Me too, that just rocks so far Chris. Jim, you've casted a beauty. You can just tell the care that's gone into making this kit.
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Man that looks sweet, I'm stuck working on a pig in comparison, thanks for the pics, they are inspiring.

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