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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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That's good advice I really appreciate it. I never guessed red would be such a difficult colour to paint!

Back out to the balcony today with the microhawk, after masking the wings for the 3rd time.
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I sprayed a light coat of white first, then repainted with XF-7. The remaining decal material got a thicker coat too to make it look a bit more solid. The original red is on the left.
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Following that I was able to unmask and cut some more red dots. I think it looks closer now... hopefully. All comments are welcome!

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Looks spot on to me sir. Bravo.

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Job well done! It looks perfect.
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What a relief. The more I looked at the less I knew what it was like! :geek:
I'll start adding more decals and see how much I can get done over the course of the week.

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Looks pretty spot on to my eye well done

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Literally "seeing red"! Anyway, the whole shebang is looking brilliant IMHO. :mrgreen:
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Thanks chaps. Glad to hear that the red is okay. I think the cowling just behind the ring needs an extra coat, but I reckon I can do that with a brush if I'm careful.

I started adding some more details like walkways and raised panels from painted decal. These went on rather well, so I decided to try and take it up a notch. Careful observers will have noticed the red wing stripes had a slightly fuzzy edge. The real aircraft had thin black pinstriping along the edges, so I had a go at representing this. They should be about 0.10mm wide, and I gave this a try; using the edge of my calipers as a cutting edge to ensure consistent widths. 0.10mm proved just a bit too much for the decal though and it was too easily broken over a long length. After the first failed attempt I went to 0.15mm instead, and this worked much better.

I used water to position the stripes one at a time. Then a little bit of Tamiya Mark Fit was brushed along the edges to help the decal stick, followed by an even tinier application of Mr Mark Softer along each length to finish off. I think I'll give the wing a coat of clear gloss next weekend if I can to make sure they stay on. Not bad for an hour's work. Looks like the fuselage band needs the same treatment too however. Ho hum. :roll:
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You continue to amaze.

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I think I’m getting addicted to higher and higher levels of magnification :geek:

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Finished off the black pinstriping. While I was at it I found it was no more difficult to add little squares and rectangles to represent some of the data plates and whatnot on the outside of the airframe. The wheel hubs are painted decal too that was cut out with a sharpened bit of 2mm brass tube.

A seat was made from styrene and painted up today. I should probably do something for an instrument panel too. I gave the whole thing a thin coat of gloss clear to seal the decals, but it gives the airframe an overly wet look. I think I'll have to knock it back with some satin varnish before the end.
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