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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: December 3rd, 2016, 9:05 pm 
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Tripping the Lights Fantastic:

This is coming out 'way better than I expected. It's amazing how much light these little diodes generate.

The image below shows three stages of construction with the finished light assembly in the foreground. I used Testors' Clear Parts Cement to glue the LED to the ceiling panel and I just dropped the lens blister over the foreground LED to show what I have in mind once all the LEDs are installed

http://i.imgur.com/bVbGO1Z.jpg
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Below is a close up of the LED and the lens blister.

http://i.imgur.com/YPrr1sq.jpg
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Once the panel is completed the raised rim around the lens blister will be painted to give a purpose to the structure that is a buttress frame member and to give protection for the lens in the cargo hold.

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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: December 6th, 2016, 7:02 pm 
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Trial Bay Lighting:

Awright before anyone points it out, I know the ceiling is hanging down on the left side....

This is just a trial to determine of the lighting is adequate which it is and then some. The camera lens picks up a lot more light than is apparent in person and the lenses defuse the harshness of the LEDs just about right.

http://i.imgur.com/XkfhAgs.jpg
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Close up of the ceiling shows 14 LEDs is sufficient to illuminate the entire bay

http://i.imgur.com/0ux5OhC.jpg
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My entry gewgaws which I thought too 'busy' actually look plain and uninspired in the cold light.

http://i.imgur.com/EPY036F.jpg
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I need to perk them up quite a bit plus the walls further back in the bay now that it is illuminated.

http://i.imgur.com/75oqQQ9.jpg
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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: December 10th, 2016, 9:08 pm 
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My New Photo Studio:

Is too small for the Thunderhawk! I converted my closet in the den to a paint booth / photo studio and the first thing I use it for is too big to fit. Gaaah!

http://i.imgur.com/y5A36Bb.jpg
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Well it's not really a problem as I can just extend the table but I gotta start making smaller models. Not likely.

http://i.imgur.com/tboQoDQ.jpg
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So the real reason for the post is an update on the interior cargo lighting before I disassemble the model for the rest of the lighting installation.

http://i.imgur.com/r4YkTAG.jpg
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I sorely need more interior detail

http://i.imgur.com/4AiRFpw.jpg
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and a vehicle

http://i.imgur.com/RMYUpkc.jpg
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Next up Cockpit Lighting.

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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: December 20th, 2016, 5:39 pm 
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How Not To Build a Thunderhawk:

Or at least How Not To Make the Same Mistakes I Did :D

Below is my solution to mount the craft on a pedestal base using 1/2 inch rods to provide relatively innocuous levity. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/qupV6A4.jpg
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The problem being I have to do all this work inside out without damaging the already finished exterior. It pays to plan ahead.....

http://i.imgur.com/TMdsvZf.jpg
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After drilling an oversized hole I glued in a sleeve to receive the transparent rod. As an added refinement I plan now to finish the upper gallery with Lighting and Space Marines ready to deploy; all this accomplished in the inside out manner previously mentioned. Heh, heh, heh! (He laughs maniacally.......)

The rest of the images probably need no explanation as it just duplicates forward the work described above.

http://i.imgur.com/GOslGZ4.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/7XEbumj.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/3e6O9nd.jpg
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However there is one more surprise in store for followers of these interminable thread addenda Heh,heh.heh!

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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: December 21st, 2016, 9:21 pm 
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Cure For a Rainy Day:

OMG every thing is coming up Roses. Purists may baulk at a Thunderhawk Transport carrying a Landraider but I've wanted this every since I first laid eyes on a T'hawk. The shape of the fwd cargo compartment fairly screams for that configuration. Since my T'hawk is so much larger than the basic FW version it can easily fit a Landraider in the notch space between the wings.

http://i.imgur.com/4ltc13W.jpg
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Finally the center of balance for the model is right where the transparent rod pierces the Landraider forward turret so everything is falling into place with a minimum of alteration to the APC just a 1/2 inch hole aft of the bulkhead. Tada!

Martini Time Skoal!

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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: January 2nd, 2017, 9:07 pm 
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Best Laid Plans:

Oft time Gang aft agley"......... Brought My T'hawk to a show last week and on returning home in the wee hours put it on a shelf for a couple of days.

I finally got around to getting the interior of the cargo compartment sorted out and began the retro fitting of the inner walls when I discovered one of the Ball turrets missing????? well for the past couple of days I've torn my workshop apart and traced all my steps repeatedly to no avail, it's just gone so, biting the bullet, I resigned myself to making another one using the remaining one for a guide;

http://i.imgur.com/eB8R5ZR.jpg
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What infernal luck.... and I was going to glue the turret mounts in place too just this past week.

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 Post subject: Re: Blackadder's Attempt to Scratchbuild a FW Thunderhawk
 Post Posted: January 10th, 2017, 6:56 pm 
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You Can't Go Home Again:

Well for what it's worth I've tried to duplicate my work of last year but the inspiration seems sorely lacking. Whilst this is a reasonable facsimile it cannot match the caliber of the original.

http://i.imgur.com/QlH2QZ4.jpg
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I'm about to apply the finishing detail but this is at best a tawdry effort.

I still hold out hope for finding the original.

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