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F_IV's Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk

The two decades between the First and Second World Wars saw major advances in all areas of technology. In military and civil aviation, flimsy wood and canvas biplanes and triplanes gave way to sleek all-metal monoplanes. The lumbering "land ships" of WW1 were replaced by maneuverable tanks and armoured cars. In this GB, anything that was developed and operated between 1919 and 1939 (but not WW2) is fair game.
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Re: F_IV's Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk

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Ah, the massive tin of humbrol trick :lol:

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Hmmmmm, that is outstanding..... yes, worthy of publication.

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bluedonkey99 wrote:Ah, the massive tin of humbrol trick :lol:
It’s amazing what you can do with a laser printer and a 4-litre tin of Dulux paint! :P

This is nothing but superb and I’m sure Brett will concur. And as I don’t have a Sparrowhawk kit, I won’t need to hide it unassembled in the stash. After what you did with your Battle, I can’t even look at my Zvezda kit! :o
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Re: F_IV's Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk

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I definitely learned a lot from this one. The use of painted decal in varying thicknesses of coat for depicting access panels was a big one, and will be a fantastic alternative to scribing. The Mr Color Levelling Thinner was a revelation too and incredible that it can be used interchangeably with both lacquers and acrylics. It has a built in retarder, so it makes brush painting a viable option again. The setout jig with it's edges mirrored on the drawings was another method that I'll definitely be using again too, as it takes all the squinting and eyeballing out of the equation when trying to get the shapes right.

Looking at it now, it is still hard to believe it is finally completed. I'd pretty much written it off well over a decade ago and never had any serious expectation of working on it again. I was a much, much younger man when I started it, so it has been quite a nostalgic build for me.

Some things I'm really pleased with. The wing ribs and engine hub cutouts in particular (especially because I only planned to draw these on with a sharp pencil back in the day). Other bits I'm just okay with, such as the visible but not too detailed cockpit and the un-faired wing struts. Some things worked out well but can only be put down to dumb luck. For example the lower wings, which accidentally acquired the correct anhedral after assembly, before I knew that it was even a thing. :oops:

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