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Unread May 3rd, 2014, 08:20 PM
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Default T-45C Conversion from Revell Kit

Having a need to get something built, as my Jag project is in more of an experimental phase, I'm using a little spare time to work on a T-45C. I have a 1/48 scale conversion already a 75% complete, but was shelved in favor of a Jag. You can see glimpses of that project in this thread. http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=11728 In the meantime the Kinetic kit came out and it all seemed just a little pointless. A little over a year ago Pig put an Revell kit in my hands and the kit was thrown on the stash with a promise of someday it would grow into a T-45.

Having already completed a complete set of drawings, including decal art, for the 48th scale version a simple multiplication problem and the plans got scaled to 1/32 scale. The Revell kit is a great place to start the big structures match well so no hacking up the fuse to make it fit the plans will be required. Additions to nose, tail, wings and horizontal stab with constitute the main modifications. The finished aircraft will be posed inflight to avoid the landing gear problem. I have the references and drawings - I'm not willing to invest the time to scratch build those parts. Again this is just supposed to be a distraction and scratch the itch to actually build something. This will be one off - no molding conversion kit etc. for the same reason time is scarce and I don't want to get bogged down.

With any luck this will be an easy one and something of a test bed for the Jag, I'll be doing some surface stuff I don't think you have seen before and maybe a little 3d printing and CNC mating thrown in for good measure.

Here we go.

Fuse half over the plans to establish patterns for the profile adjustments.



Example pattern, pencil pointing to kit fuse line.



Patterns glued to 0.030" styrene



Patterns glued to kit fuse





After a little sanding and shaping viola the parts match the plan. I know you have to look close white plastic over white paper blends together, but with any luck you get the idea.



That's it for now on establishing the profile shape the actual filling out of the shape will began after the fuse halves are joined. I'll then use a different technique to get the plan profile just right.

Now I'm on to the cockpit (no photos) which is going well already. The Revell kit parts are proving to be an excellent base for the cockpit mods. More on cockpit in the next progress report.

Thanks as always for checking in,

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Great start! I really like the Goshawk.. And it will be great to see this pan out. What landing gear are you planning for it?
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Boy Howdy! This is going to to be awesome!
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Here we go again!

Do you need some beer can scraps for the Jag?
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Don't know if you are aware of this build by a fellow dutch modeller:

http://designer.home.xs4all.nl/models/hawk-32/t45-1.htm

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Great start! I really like the Goshawk.. And it will be great to see this pan out. What landing gear are you planning for it?
None gear up. Way easier.

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Don't know if you are aware of this build by a fellow dutch modeller:

http://designer.home.xs4all.nl/models/hawk-32/t45-1.htm

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That's a good one thanks!

Mini update. Little bit of computer work for mod parts - more to be done but these will be fodder for the printer or CNC.











More in the next week or so.

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Dude...you are making us all look bad.

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Last "make believe modeling" update...next one plastic I promise! (fingers crossed, just in case)

The base polished and painted aluminum.





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Well an afternoon of work and I have the rear cockpit 2/3 roughed out.

Basically a lot of scabbing of plastic onto the kit parts to match the T-45 cockpit. For the most part this is the first layer of detail. At least one or two more layers of smaller details will be added. I'm still fighting with myself to set limits on this detail as the cockpit will be closed and many details will be hidden. No I did not build the seats, I'm using Aries NACES seats, I'll have to do some slight mods to them but they will do.













I gotta say it's good to be doing some good ol' fashioned plastic modeling - my itch has been scratched.

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If you need any reference pics or anything let me know. I am around these planes a lot. In fact too much some days!!!

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Yeah, really enjoying this one.. You are right about time spent on details that are naked to the eye!. I am of that opinion also. If you cant see it, you don't need to detail it.. More time for stuff people will see...
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Mini update,

Rear instrument panel 95% complete.

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Progress continues.

Not shown left fuse half detail complete - almost a mirror image of the right half. Only differs in that there is no map bag, instead a smaller solo safety pin bag and different location of the console lighting.





Instrument panel coaming next and just a handful of minor details to go, then I'll turn to the front hole.

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Work continues. Forward cockpit right side console is complete. Work on the instrument panel has begun. The gray bit is a 3d printed HUD unit. I intended the part to have its reflector glass frame printed integral to the part you see. However, the parts were to fine for a good printed result, the frames will be built in plastic instead. There was also to be a printed "Oh Shit" handle the sits atop the aft instrument panel, again not a good print so it will be plastic as well.







Now here is a good part - the tail hook.



I'm sorry about the photos, next time I'll break out my good camera and see if I can get all the detail to show.

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Can't believe I forgot about this one! Any updates?
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I'll be getting back to this one. Busy summer for me, I'll be away for the next month. So updates are coming it you'll have to wait a bit.
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Anyone still watching??

So here's the update after a long absence away from home.

Cockpit is just about ready for paint. Just a few more items...HUD frame, AOA indexer, and a few rivets on the forward instrument coaming and switch panel and instrument flood lights remain. Hour or two of work. Paint should tie everything nicely together and make for better photography.

So here are the photos. First, the forward instrument coaming that has several screened area for instrument and CRT/MFD cooling. The first step was to add some plastic filler pieces and PE brass mesh over the top.



Open mesh areas are masked off with vinyl tape, then covered with JB weld epoxy.



Excess sanded away.



Masks peeled off.



Some shots of some of the final cockpit detail.







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This is just all sorts of bad ass!
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