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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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Ryan B. wrote:I wondered how you were going to swing the trapeze
Hehe, I see what you did there! :lol:
Marudek wrote:Thanks to your eye-catching model I've learned about flying aircraft carriers. It is so insane I thought is possible in science-fiction films only :D
It really is the strangest thing. I was still in school when the wreckage of the Macon was found and the story was covered by National Geographic. I remember looking at the ghostly pictures of the Sparrowhawk's remains for hours.

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Truly wonderful build that has never ceased to amaze. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Topically, I saw the AMT kit of the USS Macon on evilBay recently. The vendor had misreported the scale as 1/144 ... we wish. In fact, the model is actually 1/520 scale, typical of the odd scales that AMT seem to release most of their non-road transport models in.
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That’s really interesting. If not for me, but for my brother in-law, dark horse that he is. While visiting the family the other week, I stayed the night at my sisters place and he and I were chatting for quite some time. Quite unexpectedly, he took me out to the shed and showed me his floor to ceiling lockup steel cabinet... and his constant-scale collection of 1/500 spacecraft! :shock:

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AMT have got close ... there’s a cutaway version of the original USS Enterprise, but to the rather bizarre scale of 1/537. Go figure ... :shock:
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Grrr! Box scales :evil:

Well I've done my best on the flying trapeze insignia. However I have to admit, some things are just too bloody small. I tried printing onto a piece of white decal and cutting out the circle, but the ink chipped away when I trimmed the film back. Eventually I decided to print on clear film and trim the insignia wide, then place it over a disk of plain white to get the correct colour. Bugger it. Near enough I say! I won't gloss coat over the top, so if something better comes along one day I should be able to lift it off with some tape and reapply...
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Yes, I know there should be a half-inch yellow border to the disk. But just this once I'm calling 1/144 scale modeller's privilege! :lol:

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I’d be pretty happy with that. This is an extraordinary build. Never ceases to surprise and delight how you tackle the next challenge.

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looks fantastic! And FAR better than us mere mortals could achieve.
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Being out of action for over a month.... it was good to catch up. outstanding
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Even without the yellow ring, you've done a sterling job on the Flying Trapeze emblem. Your build stacks up brilliantly even against photos I've seen of the Williams Brothers 1/32 kit.

And I thought I'd just throw this one in ...
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Modelling in December 1933. ;)
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Thanks guys. Love that cover too! :D

I need to resist the urge to jump to something else, as I'm getting the itch to move on now that I'm approaching all the littlest details that I like doing the least.
The propeller was okay, but the tailwheel was a real chore. Plus I managed to break the trapeze and had to reassemble it. :roll:
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The propeller was painted black first, then the tips got a light coat of primer before the yellow and red stripes were painted. Thes were then masked in turn and the rest of the prop sprayed with MR Metal Colour "Alumine". I wish I hadn't used matt black acrylic for the base, as it has a grainy finish that shows through the silver. Should have known better!
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