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Hawk 1/48 U-2C spyplane Finished

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Hawk 1/48 U-2C spyplane Finished
Posted by DantheMan85 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:54 PM

 

For my next build I'll be building the 1/48 scale U-2C spyplane from Hawk, this is a re-release of there vintage 1960's kit. It retail's for $32.00 USD. I built this kit back in 2002 when Testors reboxed it. Italeri & Academy have also reboxed it over the years. Kit contains about 72 parts.

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Spure trees.

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The kit is made in USA, decals are from Italy.

 

Very simple construction, some of the injector holes and be sanded away, while others need to be filled in.

 

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Wings with the reinforced skids on the wing tips.

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Gunship Gray.

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Handling cart.

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I'm building the NASA version so I filled in the holes for the fuel tanks, using Vallejo plastic putty.

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To help with the main color of Chrome Yellow, I airbrushed the cart gloss white Tamiya X-2.

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Wings are glued on.

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A small gap there.

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Here's the NASA color call out's.

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And the USAF and CIA version.

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I also used the Testors instructions, the Hawk ones are very basic.

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On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, November 26, 2017 3:47 PM

Very cool. I remember when this kit was released, way back when. I like the idea of the NASA color scheme. A lot more interesting than your basic flat black Dragon Lady. An early natural metal finish would be interesting too. This is the sister-ship to the U-2 that Gary Powers flew on that fateful day in 1960. Boy, I remember when that happened!

Interesting tail number too.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, November 26, 2017 4:57 PM

Daniel, lookin' good! In NASA scheme it will look sharp - although I'd also like to see the camouflaged Vietnam version being built.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Friday, December 01, 2017 9:08 AM

Thanks fotofrank: That natural metal finish would look great.

Thanks Pawel: I plan to pick up two more of these kits, and to do the two other scheme.

I mounted the fuselage to a dowel rode, then I took it outside and spray caned it Model Master Lacquer Gray Primer. The primer dried to the touch in only two hours, you can even sand it. The primer was a little thick, they also make a superfine.

 

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After letting the primer dry for two hours I used vallejo plastic putty, I'm not in any rush so I let the putty set over night.

 

 

 

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The next day I lightly sanded it down with 1000 grit sand paper.

 

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First color to airbrush is Model Master Enamel Light Gray #1732 FS 36495.

 

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First Coat.

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Second coat.

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Third coat.

 

The wing support's are airbrushed Model Master Enamel International Orange #2022 FS 12197.

 

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On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Friday, June 01, 2018 7:11 PM

 

Boy did not think it would take this long to finish, nothing wrong with the kit. For the NASA version I started airbrushing gloss white on, my airbrush only has a max width of 2 inches and I was not able to lay down paint with out seeing streaks. So I turned to using spray cans, used Testors Gloss White # 1245. For the bottom I started out with Model Master Light Grey 1732, then I ran out of it and switched over to Model Master Dark Ghost Grey #1741.

 

 

 

Well here's the final result.

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On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, June 01, 2018 8:06 PM
Came out awesome. That should take up some space in the display

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:53 PM

Great work, Daniel.

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 02, 2018 12:03 AM

That's really a very impressive build. 

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, June 02, 2018 2:01 AM

Fantastic build, looking forward to more of your wonderful WIP!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

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    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, June 02, 2018 7:22 AM

That NASA scheme is great, Daniel. Well done.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:27 PM

That NASA scheme is pretty!

The original Hawk U-2A kit can still be found for around $20.  I got one plus the Caracal decal sheet.  I wanted to do the NMF test center version with the da-glo orange wings and fin.  The cockpit and wheel wells will need sprucing up, and there is no tail pipe in the kit.

We do need a new tool of this (in)famous plane.

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, June 02, 2018 6:25 PM

Outstanding build, Daniel! Great job.

By the way, where did you get your storage rack for all the paints? I've been looking for one just like that for quite a while now, but can't seem to find anything close to it.

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; Revell Of Germany 1/144 Boeing E-4B Airborne Command Post

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 8:45 AM

Thanks Johnny: Yes the completed aircraft is roughly 12” long by 20” wide. Starting to run out of space on my display shelf.

Thanks John.

Thanks Gmorrison.

Thanks Toshi: The build itself is pretty simple.

Thanks Fotofrank.

Thanks Real G: Yeah I plan to make the two other version, from the kit being around $20 to $32 USD. The CIA all black, and the USAF two tone camouflage. 

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Not sure when it's coming out but Hobby Boss has announced a 1/48 U-2R Dragon Lady #81740. All new tooling I hear. I hear people also want them to do a new tool of a 1/48 SR-71 Blackbird. Cool

Thanks Devil Dawg: The paint racks are a custom build from 1”x4” lumber with masonite board on the back, held together with nails and screws. I plan to build another set with taller shelf's.

 

 

 

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:51 AM

Great looking scheme Dan, I really like it beter than the all black one.Beer

Gosh I remember those Hawk and Aurora kits at the Five and Ten store as a kid.

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, June 03, 2018 11:36 AM

I gotta say that is REALLY COOL and you did an outstanding job. 

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 3:36 PM

Very nice build. Looks great. However, much as I hate to bring in a slight criticism of such a good model, surely the wing support wheels should face forwards, not backwards (see the photo of the NMF example earlier in the post) ?

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, June 08, 2018 5:08 PM

ChrisJH666

Very nice build. Looks great. However, much as I hate to bring in a slight criticism of such a good model, surely the wing support wheels should face forwards, not backwards (see the photo of the NMF example earlier in the post) ?

I believe they are free castoring units, held in place with a cotter pin.  When the plane is moving forward, the wheels face to the back, as the model depicts.  When the real plane landed, some guys jumped off a chase vehicle and placed the struts back in, before the plane taxied back to the ramp.  This was to prevent damaging the wingtip skids.

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Monday, June 11, 2018 12:33 PM

Beautiful job,  love what can be done to a older tooled model.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 Airfix P-51D

1/72 LS Dinah III, 1/72 Hasegawa T-33A

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, June 11, 2018 12:59 PM

Real G

I believe they are free castoring units, held in place with a cotter pin.  When the plane is moving forward, the wheels face to the back, as the model depicts.  When the real plane landed, some guys jumped off a chase vehicle and placed the struts back in, before the plane taxied back to the ramp.  This was to prevent damaging the wingtip skids.

BTW, those outrigger supports were only held in place with the pins; when the aircraft took off, they simply fell away.

The U-2 was full of unusual stuff that "normal" aircraft did not have to contend with.  For example, when at operating altitude (around 65,000 feet) the thin air required that the aircraft maintain close to max speed to stay aloft.  But the speed at which shock waves began to form on the wings was less than 50 MPH or so more, so the pilot had to constantly monitor the airspeed to keep from falling out of the sky and to prevent exceeding the limiting mach number.  AND they had to watch for SAM launches while operating cameras while over hostile territory.  These guys were real pilots!

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:42 PM

Thanks Plasticjunkie.

Thanks BrandonK.

Thanks Chris.

Thanks Real G.

Thanks Falconmod.

Cool

 

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:57 PM

Went to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio the other week.  In the cold war hanger they have two pressure suits worn by U-2 pilots.

First is the MC-3 Partial Pressure Suit

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And the S-1010A Full Pressure Flying Suite worn by pilots in later verions of the U-2.

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On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:12 PM

Great work on this classic! It’s amazing how something as simple as the paint scheme can change the look of an aircraft. From a sinister dragon lady in black to a peaceful aerospace research NASA gray and white.

 

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:23 PM

Thanks stikpusher.

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

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  • From: The NYC.
Posted by Ish47guy on Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:43 PM

Firstly, nice job on the build.  It came out looking great.  Thanks for also posting images of the instruction sheet and decals, those are always helpfull.

As soon as I saw that one of the options was for the two-tone grey camo, this kit was added to my "must-purchase" list.  Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the D.C. area, and I've made a whole bunch of trips to the Air & Space Museum, and this bird was always part of the display as far back as I can remember.

Now to track one down without having to go the evil-bay route...

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