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Hawker Hunter Masquerading as Miss Demeanour - Finished!

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Hawker Hunter Masquerading as Miss Demeanour - Finished!
Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 7, 2022 7:31 AM

Oh I’ve spent too long painting shades of gray. So you know this one won't be like the other Hunters that have come before me :bow: I showed this pic of Miss Demeanour to my son last year and he ended up finding this Revell 1/32 Hawker Hunter FGA9 that should do just fine for Miss Demeanour, 99% of which will be built out of the box. 

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…and what she’ll look like hopefully...

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Photo from Heritage Aviation website

 

The beautiful paint scheme is based on reentry, starting from the white hot point of the nose, through the changing color of flames wrapping around the reentry vehicle and cascading back as if you were looking up into the sky and then into the stars. A literal explosion of colors. Just the perfect build to start the new year.  

 

Off we go with the classic cockpit start. So setting expectations here, this will be all about the paint scheme! The rest will be OOB so I won’t throw many in progress pics in here until then. I’ve got some ideas on how to do the paint fade which should be worth a few pics.

and the almost never to be seen again IP

 

 

 


Really the IP is fairly detailed for the standard kit part. Lots of little detail to pull out and show off. I picked out key items with the brush to draw your eye although alot of this will be shadowed once it's in the fuselage. There are a few pics of Flapjack flying with the canopy open at air shows so I think that will be the scene I set so this is visible. Oh, and as it turns out the project I’m finishing up now is the Prince of Wales battleship and one of the signal flags matches the patch on Flapjack’s shoulder, almost a perfect fit!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 7, 2022 7:49 AM

Wow, that's some paint job!  Looking forward this build.  The pit looks great - Monogram always did nice cockpits.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by lurch on Friday, January 7, 2022 8:47 AM

I am looking forward tothe C-2A build. I worked with them when I was in the navy. Its a great aircraft.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 7, 2022 10:03 AM

lurch

I am looking forward tothe C-2A build. I worked with them when I was in the navy. Its a great aircraft.

 

I'm excited about it as well. This will be my 1st Kinetic kit. A couple years back i kept returning to their table at the Chattenooga NATS because i thought the sprues looked so good. Will plan on starting it after the Hunter is done, maybe early March.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Friday, January 7, 2022 10:14 AM

Your cockpit progress is looking great, especially the pilot's helmet.  Terrific plan for the paint scheme.  This kit got very favorable reviews when it first came out.  

TJS

TJS

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Friday, January 7, 2022 10:36 AM

Waiting on the paint fades.  Got Rare Bear on the table this year.

Pit=wow.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, January 7, 2022 2:11 PM

That's a fantastic job on the cockpit, Mongoose.  I saw this beautiful bird at a display at Duxford (I think) some years back, and the paint job drew a lot of admiring comments, including from me - I look forward to seeing this one come together.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

TakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakka

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, January 7, 2022 2:15 PM

I just checked, Mongoose - it was Duxford in 2011, the airshow was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire's first flight.  I have a few photos I could post, if you like?

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

TakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakka

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 7, 2022 5:19 PM

Hutch6390

I just checked, Mongoose - it was Duxford in 2011, the airshow was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire's first flight.  I have a few photos I could post, if you like?

 

oh absolutely! Would love To see them. I've got a lot of fond memories of going to the airshows with my dad. That's a got me into aircraft. And he took me because I was building models and thought it would be cool. I have a spit in the stash maybe it'll be a future pose with this baby

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, January 8, 2022 8:11 AM

Here we go - the ground photos are from Duxford, 2011 -

These ones were taken at the Sunderland Airshow in 2010 - 

The first of the in-flight ones is the desktop background on my (rarely-used!) PC upstairs.

I hope you like themBig Smile

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

TakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakka

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 8, 2022 8:26 AM

Superb pics Hutch! That 2nd aerial pic is really gonna be helpful. I can see transitions between colors there really well. Must be the way the light was hitting it when you got the shot. Thanks!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:05 PM

Tonight i have the fuse assembled and the wings on. I have to say Revelogram did great with the fit on this model. So far minimal filler, and even that has been all perfect plastic putty. I sprayed some vibrant yellow behind the jet intake strakes and we’re off to the air show.

 

 

 

still more sanding to do on the belly. The plastic near the join to the cockpit area is really weak as others have pointed out. Needed to get it all glued before final gluing and sanding of the fuselage halves there.

 

 

a little clean up of the ppp once it dries and this will be so smooth. My big goal is full primer by the weekend.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:57 PM

Whoa!  She's a big bird!  That yellow looks great - can't wait to see the finished build.  I believe you'll pull it off and it will be a masterpiece no doubt.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:19 AM

Excellent progress underway!  You are really moving along on this build.

TJS

TJS

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 15, 2022 11:14 PM

keavdog and Tom thanks, I won't let you down Geeked

So nothing major but a couple funny bits i thought worth posting…

how many times do you want weighted wheels? I know, almost always right! But do they come in the kit, no :angry2: so I’m doing a takeoff, no worries right, they never put weighted wheels in the kit, hell I’ve spent more than $100 on weighted wheels BUT NO, Revell has the glamorous idea of putting weighted wheels in this kit! WTH at any other time I’d be singing their praises but they won’t work for this scene

 


where’s the miliput?

 

ok now the one worthy of a photo, 2 different sets of drop tanks in the kit but are either of them the ones on Miss Demeanour - NOOOOO 

does the LHS have the right diameter styrene, NOOOOOO

does the LHS have the right diameter brass tube, NOOOOOO

more scratch building :excl: this is the fun part. So, I’d say modify my intent at this point, t’s less out of the box and more ‘no aftermarket’ :beer:


I locked my calipers on the od of the brass tubing i had! 19/32”, then used the sharp edge as a sort of scriber and scribed the location on the smaller diameter wing tanks that would match the brass tube diameter. Out with the razor saw and voilà there you have it! I’m using the Flexy 5k CA to hold it together, hoping since it is not as brittle that they won’t break apart. My bondo and sanding phase should prove this out. If it doesn’t break then it’s good to go :blowup:

primer shortly I think. Stop back in and check it out!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 16, 2022 6:41 PM

On the road for a few days but was determined to get some primer on before i left! I’m gonna call it 97% right. 3 small areas to work on - the starboard aerleron underneath, the gun shell ejection chute plugs i made and one area on the belly where i deleted one of the antenna mounts. Not too bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

put the 1st coat of bondo on the tanks


and extended the main gear to make them weightless. I went just over double the length of the shaft to 8mm

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:31 PM

Lots of sanding, bondo, and waiting while working on the drop tanks tonight. Did the 1st round of clean up on joints that didn’t look right after primer. Just a few more minor touchups to do, then finish mocking up the landing gear, and then paint. While waiting for different parts to dry I made up one of my Tamiya 1/32 stands and rigged up a vertical stand for a lazy susan in my paint booth so I’d be able to spin the plane while painting this scheme.

 

 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:30 PM

Lots of little stuff happening of course. Painting up the gear, setting up the paint booth, tons of work on the custom drop tanks (can't wait to show these), and creating the graphics.

copy and paste by row on this one, 42 star bursts to the row for the little ones. Those are about the limit of the Silhouette I have, about 1mm, maybe 1-1/4 from tip to tip. My plan is to place these on the white I've laid down to start with. I used lacquer for what I'm calling the undercoat, that way I can tape it up right away and not worry about it peeling or anything else funky. 

 

Now check out these colors!! I should have the blue and maybe 2 out of 3 yellows on this weekend. I'll be doing multicolor primers to help change the paint tones throughout the fade.

 

For those of you reading the bottles Miss Demeanor is essentially going to be a Pony Car haha  almost all of these are Mustang or Camaro colors from the 60's! 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:20 PM

This morning I finished up all the lacquer on the aircraft itself. The wing tanks needed another coat of white so they are out of sequence for now lol

applied all the shining star masks over the insignia white

 


then the primer fade - white to gray to hazy black to solid black


and then to the paint booth

 

im really glad i opted for grey over most of the white. The transition would have been to stark otherwise.


next to last was plucking all the stars back off the sky!

 

and last was flicking distant stars onto the night sky with a toothbrush. WetSanded with 3000 grit paper. Some clear coat and it’s ready to dry for a day before i start the enamel colors.

 


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In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 30, 2022 2:22 PM

Today saw the 1st coat of enamel in play. Looking at this 1st pic, up close, i may have to be a little closer when i spray. Seems just a little grainy, like it’s drying before it hits the surface. Fortunately enamels love wet sanding lol

 

 


you can’t really see the fade well in these pics. I applied more coats as I went away from the nose. The poster tac is helping keep a straight line from forming. I had tried just loose paper on the wings and i still got a line at the edge of the blue that was pretty sharp. This looks like it’ll work.

and here’s her hat to keep the dust out of the enamel for 4hours till it drives to the touch.


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In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 3:00 PM

That's looking pretty damn good, the effect with the stars is excellent!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

TakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakka

 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 30, 2022 4:12 PM

That is looking fantastic.  The star masks worked great and the fade looks spot on.  Airbrush master!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by JimC2020 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 7:03 PM

Wow, love the paint job! The whole thing is awesome, very cool model!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 11:00 AM

Thanks guys! Appreciate you stopping by.

Next up is the sky blue. The edge against the starry night is a soft edge I sprayed freehand with the light blue enamel. Then i went over everything with a dusting of the Thunderbirds blue to give it a gradient and darken up the color and create the blend from one color to another.

 

 

 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, February 3, 2022 2:20 PM

Thanks guys for hanging out during intermission :popcorn: we’re back for the 2nd act, the explosion!

today i did the bright yellow orange and red for the flames off the re-entry vehicle as it blasts into the atmo

 

 

 

 

 

 


lots of dry time now. Then wet sanding and an overall clear coat to finish her up. Great thing is there really isn’t any little stuff to do. I’m finishing up a stand, the exhaust is done, ohh I need to do the titanium around the exhaustoutlet, and then mount the landing gear. Done, easy peezy lol

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, February 3, 2022 2:40 PM

Somehow missed this one up to now...my loss. Your work is extraordinary.

My absolute favorite kind of modeling project: seeing a neat photograph (or the real thing) and thinking "I want to build that!"

YesBeerYesBeerYesBeer

Greg

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, February 3, 2022 7:04 PM

Thanks Greg! You know I have a couple of those ones I want to build...this one was amped up by my son's purchase. Gotta love 'em when they recognize you just need a little push lol

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, February 6, 2022 10:53 PM

Bit of a setback on Miss Demeanour. I had some crap in the paint on the right wing. sanded it out and sprayed some clear on it. For some reason it 'striped'. No problem, just mix up some clear and spray the wing. I think I accidentally doubled the hardener...the clear went down and didn't self level. Ugghhh! I sanded it but it was so pebbly I ended up sanding the whole dark blue section out.

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And the recovery. Up close it’s only ok, the last coat crinkled a little in one spot. Not sure why. Plus there’s an edge where the white and blue meet now. Overall though it looks pretty good and I’m super happy with how it went and that I didn’t mess up the underside of the wing while i was doing this.

 

 

so tonight I’m adding all the stuff that breaks up those sweet lines of the Hunter. Look how the enamel clear pops! It was glossy before as sprayed but this is so reflective!

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In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 6, 2022 10:59 PM

Nice save!  It's looking fantastic.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, February 7, 2022 6:55 AM

keavdog

Nice save!  It's looking fantastic.

Ditto! Big Smile

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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