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Grumman Gulfhawk II

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Accurate Miniatures /48 scale kit, built OOB aside form the Infini antennae wire.

Fiddly at points but otherwise an enjoyable build.

 

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Very nicely done!

 

And, welcome aboard! :cheers:

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Beautiful airplane and craftmanship

 

Geoff M

 

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Al WIlliams would be proud! what a beautiful job. Where did you get the decals, or do they make this kit with those specific markings?? 

 

Jim

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FWIW, the Testors 1/48 F8F Bearcat kit includes markings for Gulfhawk 4. The plastic is for an F8F-2, so work is required. 

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That model is done really well. Flawless execution and great photography.

 

What color orange did you use? And did you use a semi gloss finish? Quite often orange models can look very toy like, but you nailed the proper appearance!! Based on seeing your model, I have just dug that model out of the stash. I hope I can come somewhat close to your result.

 

Bob

 

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Thanks, Bob, very kind.

 

The orange was Testors Model Master International Orange (gloss), decals applied, then given a PLW of burnt umber mixed with the base colour. That both defined the panel lines and cut the gloss just a hair. A large soft box was used for the photography which likely helped eliminate any overtly bright highlights, and that toy-ish look you mentioned.

 

The build itself had some fiddly bits, which called for a slow, measured approach, but otherwise was really enjoyable. Note, the main PE struts will need to be shortened just a bit, otherwise they bow, as seen on mine; while the half struts required some coaxing to span the wing/fuselage gap; and finally, the air scoop at the top of the engine shroud needs to be adjusted to point forward more, as opposed to an angle as it is on mine (the bulk of the construction was some years ago, otherwise I would have been more on top of these issues).

 

Good luck!

 

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The prototype aircraft mated smaller F2F wings to the F3F fuselage and empennage. I remember reading an article on the creating the Gulfhawk kit from AM's F3F kit. The article said that that new wings were made but the PE wasn't, which indeed meant they were too long. IIRC, there was a budget issue or something.

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That could well be as resin wings were  supplied, however the remainder of the PE fret is still hanging around my desk and is marked as being for the Gulfhawk II... though that's no guarantee that the parts themselves changed. The amount they need to be trimmed is slight, ie. less than a millimetre, so I always just chalked it up to manufacturing discrepancy or my assembly.

 

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Fantastic! That looks beautiful 😄

 

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