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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build 4 years 1 month ago #181

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Hadley wrote: What's the red bits on the wings?


That's my permanent reminder not to be lazy when masking ;)

Thanks for the comments and advice all. :)

I'm not nit picking, I'm generally asking, they look like flaps on a airliner but on the front of the wing...

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Hadley wrote: What's the red bits on the wings?


That's my permanent reminder not to be lazy when masking ;)

Thanks for the comments and advice all. :)

I'm not nit picking, I'm generally asking, they look like flaps on a airliner but on the front of the wing...


Nah thats cool. The "comments and advice" part was for everyone who's helped me. The underside of the slats are painted red and I did paint the recess of the slats red too, but was told the Aggressor Skyhawks never had them painted red, so I painted them back to grey. Just not very well so some of the red is still showing through. I also oversprayed when I painted them red in the first place so there are some red marks on the tops of the wings. They aren't as obvious in the flesh as they are in pictures.

I started staining the tarmac using a concrete wash and some Citadel Nuln Oils. This is going to take more work to look right


The coat of Clear had dried earlier so I started putting some AK Gear grease wash in the wheel wells and landing gear. This pic has them clean


And then I started putting a dark dirt clay wash over everything. Unfortunately a couple of decals weren't sealed properly and came away. Thet are just small ones and I saw them in time to push them back, but cleaning the wash off around them is going to be tricky and I think im going to be quite nervous around all decals. I also used some PVA to glue the airbake doors and actuators in place




Finally I glued the chocks in position using PVA. I don't even know if the front wheels would get chocks but this isn't the most accurate build in history.


That's all for tonight, tomorrow I destroy a bunch of cotton buds taking the wash off and hopefully will be able to put a flat coat on it, put on the final lights and complete the canopy which I'm having open and that will be that.

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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build 4 years 1 month ago #183

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Nearly there mate!
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Really liking this. The chocks just set the base off nicely.
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On the home stretch now. Left the wash overnight. Not really keen on the finish of the clay wash. Yes it looks dirty but it didnt look right. I spent a bunch of time using a spirits based wash to pick out panel lines and details. One of the problems is that I never did any pre-shading. I was supposed to but got so excited about trying my first camo that I forgot. One of the downsides to being a noob, I don't have a process yet so forgetting steps is quite easy, and it's why I want to do another plane next.


There's so much nice detail on this kit, it's worth spending the time and I was able to slowly get the hang of washing with a spirits based wash. Think I will stick to that for the time being.


I did a bit more work on the base and also added some dust elements.


Now I'm just waiting for the wash to dry again and if Im happy I'll be throwing the final matt coat on, attaching the last bits and pieces like lights and she will be done. It helped hugely that Ive had this week off

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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build 4 years 1 month ago #186

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Nice one Kane. Great to see your methodical progress :)

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OK, a bit of a meh day but finally got my ass into gear and did the matt coat using Alclads. Brilliant stuff. After it dired it was time to add the remaining clear parts, some of which I had pre-painted


These little lights took some sanding and it was bloody hard to hold them while doing it, but they then popped right in. The the decal I moved juts to the right of it. Whoops.


Thankfully the canopy came off easily and the cockpit didnt have any leaks from all the spraying


I dont know why but unmasking stuff is really rewarding. Like peeling the protective plastic off some new electronic device


And she's done. The Canopy still needs to be opened up properly. Need to use some superglue I think, PVA just wouldn't hold it. Pretty happy now it's done. Will add some build reflections later. Time to cook dinner.






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Well Done mate!... Looks the Biz on the base!! :cheer:
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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build. **Finished** 4 years 1 month ago #189

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Nice work. :cheer:

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Thanks Corran and Grant. Tossing up on a couple of kits. Will probably decide tonight but I'm leaning towards remaking the airfix 1:48 Bae Hawk which was the first model I tried to make but had to bin. Thinking it's a good way to see how much I've learned in the past 7-8 months.

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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build. **Finished** 4 years 1 month ago #191

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Looks bloody good Kane :)
Really looks the part on the base and it finishes the model off having it :)
Well done getting her across the finish line ;)
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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build. **Finished** 4 years 1 month ago #192

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Nice job mate... the wash gives it a nice grimy look. Looks good on that base as well.
Excellent result.... time for a beer to celebrate! :cheer:
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A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build. **Finished** 4 years 1 month ago #193

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Looks awesome dude, what's your wash process?
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Cheers all.

Corran, the base was your idea, or at least you sparked the thought with the sandpaper idea so cheers for that.
Grant, I decided not to go with the Airfix Hawk just yet. Mudhen all the way.
James, beersies for sure :)
Thanks Hadley and Glenn.

Hadley, I don't think I have a wash process just yet. I started using a Citadel Nuln Oil on the landing gear and that worked really well. Then I did a clay based Dark Dirt wash, but I wasn't really happy with the result. Rather than take it all off I decided to try the Nuln Oil again, but I don't know if it was because I had some of the clay wash still on it or what but it took a real effort to take away the excess. Then I remembered a video I had seen about pin washes and ised that for a lot of the top to augment the clay wash and really bring out the small details. It worked really well and I'm probably just going to stick with that for my next build. I used AK Enamel washes and odorless turps.
Here's the video I remembered

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Superb looking aircraft mate. You have done it justice :) Look forward to seeing your next project

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Cheers K2 :cheer:

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Well done on getting your build across the line Grover. Looks good.

Always remember that your next build is your best build. You learn so much after each build to put back into the next.
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Thanks mate, learned a hell of a lot with this one. Really looking forward to working on the Mudhen

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Did a great job on this Kane, weathering is a little heavy for my taste, but I understand why you've done it that way. You really have come-on in leaps-and-bounds during the course of this build. One to be proud of.

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Good work getting it finished. Looks good.

Don't forget to post pics of the finished model in the Gallery.
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Thats really a nice build Kane, well done m8...enjoyed watchin this come together. yeah that hawk needs a redo now





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Thanks Dave. I was going to do the Hawk but ive got a plan now.... :whistle:

Cheers Ian. Yeah its very heavy but we learn. Craig, I'll take some better shots this weekend once I sort the canopy out. A bit afraid to though, they tend to show all the mistakes :pinch:

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That looks awesome. You have done a great job.
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I really like this build. Congrats on a great looking Skyhawk
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Thanks Mike and Bish :)

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