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Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

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Hull Armour

Heavier and Heavier, this model has slabs of simulated armour that causes serious doubt on the ability to actually remain in the air. Engines powerful as they may be eventually reach a point of diminishing returns. Slabs of armour 4 cm thick and covering 10's of square meters of coverage. That said the new armour surely looks cool.

http://i.imgur.com/ey73N3i.jpg


I vacillate on liking this model to incredulity whether it has any chance of airworthiness

http://i.imgur.com/7LnDZqx.jpg
 
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Free Raised Letters for Your Models

I scraped these off the mouthwash caps when I built the T'hawk's exhaust cones.

Perfect raised letters (excuse the shaking of the camera in the photo); I cut these off with the chisel tool in the picture but a razor would do as well.

Of course you are limited to the common letters embossed on the caps of products and prescription drug containers but with judicious editing names etc can be worked out.......

http://i.imgur.com/HDHABhX.jpg
 
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The Flying Turbo Laser Spar

The hull trunnion mounts are simple now that I have addressed myself to the fabrication. The only problem is that the wing as I have it situated is about 13 mm too far forward. A simple matter to correct but a good learning experience for me. Don't apply detail until all the basic structure is completed.

http://i.imgur.com/KzQSzEG.jpg



http://i.imgur.com/UQCNriJ.jpg


The most amazing thing about this mistake is it brings the wing trailing edge back to the original projected position when I first laid out the model.
 
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The Flying Laser Spar:

Now that the hinge points are established on the hull I can make an estimate on the placement of the Turbo Laser flying spar mount. This structure was added to the FW design to no doubt support the heavy moment of the wing as no amount of gluing could prevent the wings from falling off or drooping on the FW model. Even my wings lightly built as they are suffer from excessive tip droop with my temporary attach screws.

Anyway I guessed at the placement of the wings on the fuselage and for some reason doubted my placement and mounted them 13 mm further than my original guess. Now I have to reposition them further back the same 13 mm.

The Flying Spar core structure I guesstimated to be 145 mm long from hinge point to wing cradle the excess being cut off when the Lasers are manufactured. I placed the width at 35 mm which seems a judicious size to build on and 2.5 mm thick which gives me a nice slot to mount the Turbolasers.

http://i.imgur.com/ck138sv.jpg


All this will begin to make more sense once the spars are mounted on the hinge trunnion, least wise I hope as I am totally making this up as I proceed.......... :D
 
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Flying Lascannon Strut:

Surprisingly the proportions appear okay and when the wing is positioned aft about a centimeter the strut should fall about mid camber (of course ''camber'' isn't something that concerned engineers in the far distant future but we won't go there.)

http://i.imgur.com/GfpJUvo.jpg


The tubing seems to provide enough friction to maintain the position in "Attack" and "Stowed" mode but I'll double sleeve the tubes just to provide for wear.

http://i.imgur.com/41URWSj.jpg
 
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TurboLaser Struts 1

My old drafting table has seen better days. Since the advent of digital drafting it has been employed as a styrene cutting board instead.

Right now it is a convenient place to image the T'hawk as the model has become too big to readily display on conventional furniture.

http://i.imgur.com/RoDb5QE.jpg


Detailing the struts started with the root camber although "camber" is not the correct word to describe the bowing of the flight surface as it is symmetrical top and underside. Camber technically would refer to an asymmetry between top and bottom curves. Anyway I like the "camber" because it adds interest to otherwise boring flat surfaces with minimal effort.

http://i.imgur.com/oW9Sv3R.jpg


The struts in the stowed position as in the conventional FW original take on a less dynamic demeanor (IMHO) now that I see them in the attack mode. Those of you with FW T'hawks might want to try this configuration for a change from the ordinary.

http://i.imgur.com/RJVMlvc.jpg
 
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Turbo Struts Continues:

Trying the struts out for fit everything seems in order to mount at least temporarily the Lasers so I can get an approximation where to put the tip saddles.

http://i.imgur.com/AIuz4Ot.jpg


With the struts in the attack position this thing really give a thrilling aspect to the T'hawk concept.............. I'm starting to like this model.

http://i.imgur.com/dySV1XK.jpg


(Note to self; install stops to limit degree of travel for the struts.)

The obligatory little guy for scale comparison. This ship is huge.

http://i.imgur.com/8efdRtY.jpg
 

Tarkas

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I didn't think of it being that large :O

The attack position of the struts makes, as you say, a big difference. Much better looking that way.

It is hard to put into words, but I like all of your updates on your works :thumbsup:
 
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I am following the 3D images posted on Deviant Art not the FW original which is stunted due to mould restrictions or the phenomenally priced cost of resin in perfidious Albion.

Since plasticard is so much cheaper I can build my T'hawk to a proper scale........... That's my rational and I'm sticking to it. ;)
 
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Thunderhawk Gun Ship Ball Turret:

It seems my procrastination has paid off. By slacking the pace of progression I find I have an interesting appendage to incorporate into the hull. Whereas the forward cargo bay has two side egress doors I am considering replacing them with the new FW Ball Turret weapons. These should not be too difficult to fabricate from scratch and should make for an interesting amendment to this vehicle.

 
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She's Got Leggs:

Okay the landing gear is installed, the nose gear at this time can retract but not the main gear. There seems no problem that even un-reinforced the spindly struts can support the massive weight of the model, 3 kilo of styrene.

http://i.imgur.com/aCVHZDR.jpg


Now that I have length of the struts established I can go ahead and beef up the main struts and make them retractable. I also need to design torque links so the pads do not swivel.

http://i.imgur.com/c4wBfv2.jpg


The front landing pad has a spring loaded strut extension which facilitates stowing so the pad can lock in when retracted.

http://i.imgur.com/qeEr64X.jpg


Here we see the ground clearance allows for a belly hung LandRaider even though I have been apprised T'hawk transports do not carry LandRaiders.

http://i.imgur.com/DbzoHBX.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/gRcuOxW.jpg


The forward cargo maw can comfortably disgorge an 'slick' Rhino (Sorry, the only Rhino I have is a cripple Chaos model) with plenty of headroom and side room to spare.

http://i.imgur.com/wKxHFc5.jpg


The ramp angle is a bit too extreme which will have to be remedied with fold-able ramp extension tracks.

http://i.imgur.com/QW7zeKz.jpg
 

Mad 'At

Dumb enough to work
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Good to see you back in the game Blackadder. Been far too long since your last update ;)

The Thunderhawk seams to be coming along nicely. As usual the work you put into every single little detail is just staggering.

Can we expect to see any updates on the warlord titan? :rolleyes:
 
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I'll reactivate my threads on the other projects to bring them up to date. BTW the t'hawk is much further along that the above images intimate I just left off nonessential components for convenience.
 

Sanai

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Very cool! I love the FW Fire Raptor turrets, so I think using their design for the thunderhawk is a great idea.
 
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Thanksgiving Week:

Well I've received orders from the 'Top' aka Ms BA that I have to clean up my mess because company's coming and my room, "My Room!" looks a mess and she'll be ashamed if any one is brought in there Yada, yada, yada......... Of course I'll be bringing people in to look at my pastime pursuits so I'm complying.

First order is to get all the models in one piece because, I know what it looks like when in pieces but hardly anyone else would so I gathered all the Thunderhawk pieces from the various corners of the room and assembled them and waddaya know I think its time start painting.

First off sorry about the flash in the first image because it the only one that shows the ball turrets.

http://i.imgur.com/sbDssF2.jpg
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The high level front view shows the various ages of the styrene because this model has taken an inordinate amount of time to produce and the older styrene has yellowed.

Note in the foreground the interior walls that when wired will finally be glued into place. I built those walls over four years ago; Gad!

http://i.imgur.com/dP9MYPz.jpg
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Still to be done is to beef up the main landing gear struts but that shouldn't affect painting. also note the various shades of greasy hand yellowing chronicling the various stages of building over the years.

http://i.imgur.com/WR52vfi.jpg
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This calls for another martini; Skoal!
 
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