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slick95

Kinetic 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye 2000

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Well, earlier tonight I cleaned off one of my benches from two previous projects and pulled out the Hawkeye. This will be my first build for the contest...hopefully I make it through many more, but we will see. I will be modeling the VAW-120 Greyhawks 50th Anniversary bird in 1/48 scale.

Picture here: http://www.airfighters.com/photo/59921/M/U...Hawkeye/166503/

Hopefully someone comes out with a decal set for this aircraft in 1/48 before too long...otherwise I'll be masking and painting!

Anyway, just for starters here is some of today's progress. I'll start with the mandatory picture of the kit and aftermarket items.

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The only progress I got finished tonight was removing the molded details in order to prepare for the eduard PE. For the interior I decided to try the self adhesive PE for the first time. I've always been a bit leery about using this as opposed to just gluing the pieces in place, but there is a first time for everything!

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Thanks for looking!

SLICK

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Hey I know that boxart! Looking forward to seeing this one come along!

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This is going to be a great build as ever..Your previous builds have been

fantastic and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this Hawkeye..

Always good threads to follow.

Good start.

BEST WISHES and HAPPY HOLIDAYS{and MERRY CHROISTMAS}

HOLMES :woot.gif:

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Thanks a lot for the complements! I've been pretty busy finishing up school for the semester, but I've made a lot of little progress in preparation for the painting of the interior and wheels wells.

I've been doing a lot of filling of injection marks and removing kit detail in order to add the PE parts. Most of the work has been on the nacelles.

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The fit of the front of the nacelles was fairly bad. The parts were too wide and there were large gaps that needed substantial filling.

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Because of the lack of rear interior in the kit I decided to add the cabin door in the closed position.

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Thanks for watching!

SLICK

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Thanks a lot Fuji! Once school ends on Wednesday I'll really be able to light the fires on this build.

SLICK

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Progress has been slow, but it is coming along. Hopefully it'll speed up a bit once I finish my Storch.

Since the last update I did quite a bit of filling and sanding on the front of each nacelle. I will have to replace some of the raised fastener detail with the Archer resin fasteners. I have also sprayed the interior and finished assembling the PE cockpit. Next will be some minor interior work and nose weight before the fuselage halves come together.

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I apologize for the low quality of these pictures. The lighting was fairly bad.

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Slick,

You know that Darren came out with some resin seats for the Hawkeye to replace the kit ones. The Eduard set makes that pit really stand out, may have to get me a set for my Hawkeye.

Stanton

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I had thought about buying the extra resin seats, but there were a few factors that kept me from doing so. I plan on building the plane all closed up, so it would be difficult to see the detail anyway, and I already had the Eduard set. Also, I had already spent a lot of money in aftermarket for the Kinetic Prowler...which is next by the way!

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A bit more progress lately. Things will speed up a little more once I finish the Tamiya Storch.

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Plenty of nose weight has been added, and the fuselage halves glued together. This was quite the operation. I'm not sure if this is a common problem with this kit, but my fuselage halves were a bit warped (twisted), and made the job of joining the halves a bit more difficult than I had thought it would have been.

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I also decided to tint the side windows. While it's not exactly a gold color (more orange) I think it looks good enough for the job.

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A small update for today. The past few days have been spent doing a lot of filling and sanding on the Hawkeye. Here it is sitting on top of the display case inside heating up enough to allow some CA to dry.

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Well, I got a lot done today. It doesn't look like too much, but the progress I made was on parts that I was not very motivated to work on. But, I decided to knuckle down and get it done. Anyway, today's progress.

I started by assembling the PE light system and radar.

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After removing the molded detail, I added a styrene sheet to cover the hole. Then I attached the assembly.

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I also finished work on the remaining details in the gear wells in order to prepare to paint the areas white.

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Earlier on in the build I had to do quite a bit of filling and sanding to get rid of some nasty misaligned areas. Because of this I lost some of the raised detail as well as some engraved panel lines. I re-scribed the lost panel lines and used the archer resin decals to add the lost fasteners.

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Tonight I was able to paint the white areas on the model. Now that all of this progress is finished I can finally move on with the build. It will start to look more like a Hawkeye soon!

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I painted on some details. This was touched up after the photo was taken.

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Thanks for looking!

SLICK

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Both yesterday and today I did quite a bit of assembling of main airframe pieces. It's really looking like a Hawkeye now! I think it looks pretty cool even without the dish.

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Nice man! Coming together nicely..

One question for ya - Where do u pick up Tamiya putty? I think Lucky Model has it, but I don't have anything else to order from them atm..so it's not really worth it lol.

-Awan

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Thanks a lot!

Because of how difficult the putty is to find anymore, I order it in bulk on ebay. I've found ebay is very useful for small things like that, which are hard to find (Mr. Surfacer, Tamiya Putty, etc.). Currently I have two tubes of putty I'm using and two that haven't been opened.

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I started by assembling the PE light system and radar.

Just for correctness, it's an electronic support measures antenna...there's no radar in the nose of the E-2.

Looking good!

Spongebob

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Been researching the aircraft some more myself. One note about the props - the tips are not the usual white and red stripes. They appear to be a pale, even luminescent greeny yellow.

Now you've got me thinking it's time I got some shots of my progress up.

Nice work so far.

What I really need is a decent shot of the lower tail fin showing the badges so I can get my decal artwork finished.

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Just for correctness, it's an electronic support measures antenna...there's no radar in the nose of the E-2.

Thanks for the info!

What I really need is a decent shot of the lower tail fin showing the badges so I can get my decal artwork finished

Are you making decals for this aircraft?

SLICK

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I'm doing a set on the ALPS (if I can find a decent shot of the lower tail) for my 1/72 build elsewhere in this GB, but it will only be the modex numbers, tail badge, nose badge and any unique stencilling. The black, grey and white areas and large hawk's head on top of the radome will all be masked and painted.

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Have that one. Need something larger and clearer. And looking at that pic, I now also need all the crew names for under the cockpit, on the nosegear doors and besides to ECMO windows on the fuselage :)

And I note I will need to add the Bu No and VAW-120 titles to the decals too. Guessing you are going to want a set for your model when I'm done... ;)

Perhaps someone will come out with some screen printed ones in the interim.

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Guessing you are going to want a set for your model when I'm done... wink.gif

That would be AWESOME! :thumbsup:

I wasn't worried about painting the stripes or even the hawk on the dish, but the idea of painting the Greyhawks tail flash, etc... It's a scary thought!

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