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    Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Well it's not exactly my Thunderhawk, my son started building this a few years ago and I helped him with the engines. Since then he has lost interest in it because GW is coming out with a plastic Thunderhawk but I say what the hey; the basic hull is done and the fun part is in the detail so I'm picking it up.

    Below are the pictures of how it is right now and judging by the amount of time it took me to build the Warhound

    blackadder-s-scratchbuilt-lucius-pattern-warhound-t72617.html

    this will be a year long project as well.


    The basic hull is made of 1/2 inch foam filled posterboard and skinned over with standard posterboard.











    The engines are made of PVC tubing split in half and secured together with the next size larger tubing. The nose cowl is shaped on a benchtop belt sander and fine sanded smooth. The tail cone is a standard industrial thread cone spool I found in a garage sale.



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    Re: Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Nice looking scratch build so far... but what makes you guys think a plastic one is coming anytime soon?

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    Re: Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Originally Posted by MalkThe2nd
    Nice looking scratch build so far... but what makes you guys think a plastic one is coming anytime soon?
    I have no idea when it will be available if ever but my son's rational to not continue building is why waste the time when you can buy one you just snap together.

    Of course if GW screws it up like they did the Baneblade line then thats a very good reason.

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    Re: Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Nother good looking build incoming methinks. Will keep an eye on this.

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    Re: Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Who needs wicked expensive models when you can just build them yourself! looking good so far

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    Re: Blackadder's Scratchbuilt Thunderhawk

    Well, if this is as good as the titan then it'll look great! I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure.

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    I've been trying to find all my posting forums as I lost the addresses when I got my new computer.

    To bring this up to date here is the T'hawk as of today:

    I couldn't sleep last night; I was wide awake at 1:50AM so I figured why not do a little work on the T'hawk until i get sleepy. Well here it is 9 hours later and I'm still working on the d--ned thing. H-ll I couldn't be paid for working this hard but the results are gratifying none the less. I just fastened on the wings (temporarily with a couple of screws so the wings have a bit of negative dihedral (Dihedral! We don't need no stinking dihedral! (especially negative)). I'm lucky today is Saturday or I'd be in a world of hurt sleepwise.

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    looks great, cant wait to see the finished product

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    As familiar as I am with current jet engines I'm stymied by the drum-like affairs surrounding the compressor housing and exhaust turbines on these engines. There are two above and two below and they seem to be vented with louvers fore and aft. My guess is they augment the intake air in the rarefied partial vacuum of orbital space but why they are needed on the rear as well is a mystery. After burner maybe?

    Anywho here are the bits components of the basic engine rough cut and ready for final shaping and assembly.







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    Originally Posted by Blackadder View Post
    As familiar as I am with current jet engines I'm stymied by the drum-like affairs surrounding the compressor housing and exhaust turbines on these engines. There are two above and two below and they seem to be vented with louvers fore and aft. My guess is they augment the intake air in the rarefied partial vacuum of orbital space but why they are needed on the rear as well is a mystery. After burner maybe.
    Hrm... that sound suspiciouslly like logic to me. We don't take kindly to that sort of talk round here.


    Anyways, this is looking absolutly amazing man. I'm stunned by how detailed this is. A damn fine model so far.

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    That was meant for a joke.

    BTW;

    I've been an aircraft mechanic for 20+ years which might qualify me to question the purpose of these appendages. Sorry if a NTK offended you.

    In rereading your reply, it may be meant in jest, if so, never mind.

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    can i have your adress, cuz id like to steal this

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    Taking the rough cut crescent pieces, I tacked them together with a couple of dots of ambroid and sanded them to the final shape. Then separating them more or less in the middle I reversed the two pieces to see how well they conform to their mirror inages. Then I compared the ends to the middle. Happily they matched up pretty good.







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    The whatever it is cowling for the engine basic construction. The first two I made just for practice and are 23 mm long and the base flairs slightly. They will be abbreviated and used on the belly engine. The next set will be for the wing engines now that I have the specs down and will be 22 mm in length.







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    I can't believe I lost track of this forum in the interim I finished my Thunderhawk and built a Warlord plus a few other projects. If anyone is interested give me a reply..............

    My completed Thunderhawk;

    Done!

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


    http://i.imgur.com/52YbS5j.jpg


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


    http://i.imgur.com/FMtF4C4.jpg


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


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    bloody hell, thats amazing mate! i'd swear it was the forgeworld one

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    Thanks for the reply,

    It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas:

    I was in the mall the other day and wandered into a store I've not seen before called 'Big Lots' They had these marvelous seed type LED Christmas lights:

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


    Prewired and ready to be installed in your model project, in this case my never ending Thunderhawk Project:

    http://i.imgur.com/kpd3JDc.jpg


    Striping down the fuselage and just jamming about half the bulbs into the forward cargo bay shows me they will provide sufficient light to illuminate the interior and taking so little space to be readily hidden behind the thin walls and ceiling of the bay

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


    Threading the lights though the hull will require a bit of effort but the savings of time manufacturing the circuit is worth the $5 cost of the string.

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


    They come in Cool White, (Shown) Warm White and Multicoloured .... I may buy the multicoloured string and splice colours in strategic areas of the model.

    I can't wait to install some of these in my Warlord Titan.

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    Trial Bay Lighting:

    Awright before anyone points it out, I know the ceiling is hanging down on the left side....

    This is just a trial to determine of the lighting is adequate which it is and then some. The camera lens picks up a lot more light than is apparent in person and the lenses defuse the harshness of the LEDs just about right.

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


    Close up of the ceiling shows 14 LEDs is sufficient to illuminate the entire bay

    http://i.imgur.com/0ux5OhC.jpg


    My entry gewgaws which I thought too 'busy' actually look plain and uninspired in the cold light.

    http://i.imgur.com/EPY036F.jpg


    I need to perk them up quite a bit plus the walls further back in the bay now that it is illuminated.

    http://i.imgur.com/75oqQQ9.jpg


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    My New Photo Studio:

    Is too small for the Thunderhawk! I converted my closet in the den to a paint booth / photo studio and the first thing I use it for is too big to fit. Gaaah!

    http://i.imgur.com/y5A36Bb.jpg


    Well it's not really a problem as I can just extend the table but I gotta start making smaller models. Not likely.

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


    So the real reason for the post is an update on the interior cargo lighting before I disassemble the model for the rest of the lighting installation.

    http://i.imgur.com/r4YkTAG.jpg


    I sorely need more interior detail

    http://i.imgur.com/4AiRFpw.jpg


    and a vehicle

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


    Next up Cockpit Lighting.

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    Good grief you've come a long way. That lighting is NUTS!

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