I’ve Hawked that up, well kind of!

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Dry fitting the wings.

I thought I would do a little work on the Hawk so I thought I would continue with the build and dry fit the wings, well the fit was really good, like unheard of for Airfix good, so in my excitement at the great fit I glued the wings together and attached them to the fuselage, I also took the opportunity to attach the tail planes as you can see in the image below and I retired for the evening and its been a couple of days since glueing as I have been distracted with the laser cutter.

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Wings and Tail planes attached, but wait.. it seems I have forgotten something!

So I returned from work today and decided to do a little more work on the Hawk. Out came the box and I looked at the instruction sheet to see where I was and what I should be doing next and it was at this point that I realised, in my haste and excitement the other night at finding a couple of parts in an airfix kit that actually fit together, that I had missed out a couple of crucial steps!

I had intended to build the airframe fully loaded out but I have missed drilling out the fixing points for the underwing pylons! Also the wing tip mounted ordinance required the cutting off of the kits wing tips to fit replacement tips that are moulded with pylons. All of this should have been done before building the wings and attaching them to the fuselage as can be seen in the photo of the instructions.

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Ahh the instructions, maybe I should consult these more often!

So now I have to decide whether to try and take the wings back off and seperate the halves, or just to build her clean with no ordinance. To say I am a little annoyed would be an understatement. I think it’s time to put this one back in the box for a couple of nights whilst I think about this although I fear my choice has already been removed and made for me by the error. In the mean time though I think it’s time to get the SR-71 back out.

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Detail painting the nEOmega Cockpit

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Whilst still needing work (and some correction to colours used) the seats are starting to look a bit more like they should.

Now I am moving things back into my studio I can start working on all those projects that stalled during the home renovations again. Whilst I still haven’t actually bought my new work benches / desks yet I have moved my old bench back in the mean time so I have somewhere to work at.

One of the long stalled projects is the BAe Hawk 100 I started working on almost exactly a year ago now. I didn’t really get that much done before work started at home so I was glad to see this one return to the bench as it is a kit I was really looking forward to building.

Well the box was promptly deposited on the bench and I started pulling parts and sprues out and examining them when I came across the parts for the NeOmega Resin cockpit I had begun dry fitting the last time the kit was on the bench. I eagerly whipped out the detail brushes and some paints and set to work on the bang seats first of all.

My Google skills must have suffered during my time away, given the popularity of this aircraft across the world for some reason I was actually struggling to find reference photos to work from to begin with, so I started using some of the kits standard colour call outs mixed in with some, as I later found out, not so accurate guess work.

Regardless I ploughed on occasionally heading back to Google and occasionally finding something like a half decent reference photo. This means that there is some correction work to do with regards to the colours used but, for the most part it was nice just to be able to get some paint down and detail picked out.

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Somewhat rustily picking out details on the instrumentation panels.

The Instrumentation panels were next and to be honest I did struggle a little with this. I know its just a matter of being out of practice though so I wasn’t too disheartened at my initial attempts. I may well go back and re-paint them though. Dry brushing and picking out detail I find is something I need to do regular to be able to achieve the result I want so I don’t mind the prospect of it taking me a couple of attempts to get it looking the way I would like.

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The rear instrument panel I found myself struggling to get the details picked out on to the level I wanted.

Moving on from the instrument panels I decided to have a look at the tub and control sticks, again I found myself not entirely enamoured with my results but I was starting to find things a little more familiar by this time and I think I made a better job of this than the panels.

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As I picked out details on the tub things started feeling a little more familiar.

It all still needs tidying up, some parts still need repainted and then I can get a nice wash down to try and tone down some of the colours and give the base grey more of a used look and tie it all together which will no doubt help a fair bit.

None the less I decided to throw it all together in another dry fit just to see how everything looked with this initial attempt at paint and see how much of the errors in my first attempt at painting could actually be seen.

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Dry fitting the painted parts back together to assess the attempt.

Well, as is usual when your not looking at things in isolation, it started to look better and other than some tidying up and the colour corrections I think I may get away without having to repaint everything if I want to.

Regardless of end result it was good to get my hand back in and I was also quite pleased that I hadn’t become disheartened after assessing the initial attempt. It’s important to remember when detail painting like this that it is just paint and paint can easily be stripped for another attempt or even just painted over.

Anyway I will leave you with one final photo of the parts dry fitted you will see in this one there is a join seam on the rear cowling that will need a little work once everything is glued in place, I am off to practice my Google as well as my detail painting some more.

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Test Fitting the Resin!

Dry fitting the major components and the neOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the major components and the NeOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Rear Cockpit of the nEOmega resin cockpit set
Rear Cockpit of the NeOmega resin cockpit set needs a tiny amount of adjustment.

I have to say this cockpit set is some of the nicest resin I have used. Not only is it super detailed but the dry fit testing was without any of the usual problems of having to squeeze the resin in. It was almost a perfect fit first time with only the rear cockpit requiring a little adjustment.

Not sure if the level of detail really comes out in the photos above as the naked resin is difficult to get a decent contrast on but it really is a beautiful set and if you have one of these kits I thoroughly recommend picking up this resin.

Airfix 1:48 BAE Hawk 100

 

Box shot of the Airfix 1:48 Hawk 100
The Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100
Sprues for the Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100 and a nEOmoga resin cockpit set
Sprues for the Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100 and a NeOmega resin cockpit set.

Previously I have posted about not liking too many builds on the go at the same time as I have suffered with my mojo and ended up with projects I have started but don’t want to finish.

Well this is right out the window as I attempt to keep my mojo high by starting another build, my thinking is maybe I wont lose interest if I am switching between many builds, it might go pear shaped but it might be a personal revelation so with this in mind here is the sprue and box shots of the Airfix 1:48 BAE Hawk 100 I am about to begin.

The keen of eye may have noticed that there’s a couple parts off sprue already and that there’s also a little packet of resin goodies in the photo too! This is a kit I picked up second hand off a Britmodeller member who was going through a little stash rationalisation, a completely foreign concept to me obviously as I bought it!

The resin is the NeOmega Cockpit interior set for this kit. In the box are decals for a Canadian scheme and a couple of RAAF schemes including the black panthers special scheme. I will be building one of the RAAF schemes, just not sure which.