Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

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  1. ARMORMAN

    ARMORMAN FOUNDATION CORNERSTONE

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    Looking good (as always)!
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    A minute glimpse into a slow process. No time to work on this this weekend as yet. The 4mm X 2mm strips had to be hand cut as no precut styrene of this size is available the tiny2.5mm squares are likewise cut to order. More fun and games from the madness brought to you by:

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    Before I get too deep into the aft end of the hull I'd better show where I'm starting from. Since last seen I lopped off about 4 cm and added 0.5 mm sheeting to both sides where the wings mount. Also 0.5 mm to the bottom of the hull to provide a base to glue to.

    I also added a top 2.0 mm sheet to the unfinished superstructure aft end as I am fairly certain that this is the length I shall go with.

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    The tail base is truncated and it appears I have the correct angle but I'll have to build it to be certain.

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    The rough cutout for the air brake panels interior detail.

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    Buildup of the airbrake internal compartment:

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  6. Blackadder

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    The compartment walls complete, I still haven't figured out the brake hinge my original idea of a plastic rod, then steel rod, have given way to a much more durable torque tube assembly which is probably how I shall go. Time enough for that when I get the empennage skinned.

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    Way back when I first started this project and was attempting to save what I could of the foam core I found that the faceted rear of the hull just didn't look right.

    Try as I might there was something wrong and fortunately I scrapped the endeavor and started anew. It seems there is a bit of a jog in the hull aft of the airbrakes. Just a centimeter change with a filler angle which makes all the difference.

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    The shading of the 3D rendering is so subtle that I never noticed it. but I believe I am on the right track now.

    In the image below you can see what I missed installed on the model and on the cutting board the opposite piece.

    Now the facets should look reasonable better.

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  8. Blackadder

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    Well the good news is that both sides match to within the thickness of a sharp pencil line. The bad news is if this tail section isn't right I'm out a lot of work. I'll be installing the rear 45° slab later as soon as the current glue dries a bit but it looks like I might get away with out having to sand the facets.

    It's amazing that the 3D model was correct and all these angles appear to be necessary.

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    A word of thanks to my unknown benefactor.

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    E. Blackadder
  9. Zathros

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    This model is so awesome. Your going to end up with something many people will want but few can attain. It's a pleasure to watch this come to life. The Renders you found really show how accurate your are to the ship. Excellent creation and fabrication of a model. Your hard work is paying off. I almost feel guilty from deriving the pleasure of watching it come together. It's model pornography, and of the highest quality! :thumb:
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    Interesting to see someone working in another medium, interesting subject, though I'm not familiar with the subject material.
  11. Blackadder

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    It's a scratch built Forge World Thunderhawk and the material is construction styrene manufactured by 'Evergreen'.:confused:

    While we are on the subject of material what's the point of Storm Trooper armour? It's cumbersome, readily pervious to blaster bolts and stands out like a sore thumb in any setting other than a Hoth world snowstorm.
  12. Blackadder

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    Man I don't know what to say about this but both hands on the desk dude and whatever that is your avatar is holding, drop it! :D
  13. Zathros

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    I did, I have, and now I am feeling much better!!!:twisted:

    Oh, he's holding a device the keeps you grounded in the time/space continuum belong to, so you don't get trapped in the wrong time. Only a few of them working.:mrgreen:
  14. Blackadder

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    Yeah right, Drop it.
  15. Blackadder

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    You know some of us aspire to greatness even though we are not qualified and some of us have greatness thrust upon us although we are not qualified. I would rather seek my level of competence and not transcend it and enjoy the accolades of my peers.

    Damn it worked and I am fit to burst with unbounded joy that this portion is done. I have been avoiding this for weeks because I knew the problems entailed but it seems to have come out okay. The tail faceted section works and less than a fraction of a mm off.

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    Thunderhawk Chapters, I have no idea. I was thinking beige and jungle green camo with pale blue tinted under belly What chapter would that be?

    Or perhaps this scheme on a transport that zipped by my trench the other day:

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    At any rate DAMN this beastie is long,

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    26 inches without the exhaust nacelle of the middle engine or 66.04 cm for those of you who have not come to appreciate the utility of the Imperial measuring system. :D And I loped off a few CM because it looked too long to me.
  17. ARMORMAN

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    Wait, are you doing the dropship or transport?
  18. Blackadder

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    Drop ship I guess, (I thought they were all drop ships?) anyhow the one with the three engines in the rear. I just though the paint scheme looked awesome on the transport pictured above.
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  20. Zathros

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    At those prices, you could never lose in making your own!
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