Space 1999 Mark IX Hawk

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starsiegeplayer
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Joined: April 18th, 2019, 1:49 am

April 10th, 2020, 1:20 am

Started this build of the new release from Round 2. The kit is quite nice and looks pretty accurate.

I'm not sure if I want to do it in the pre-production release (off white, with black walled window inserts) or post-production release (off white with orange squadron trim and black-walled window inserts). I don't want to do the version shown in War Games (same as post-production but with white-walled window inserts) because white walls don't make sense for a manned vehicle.

I painted the cockpit insert a base white with enamels and flat black for the walls. I used decals for the windows themselves and coated it with gloss and dull lacquer. I feel a little better about using enamels and lacquers on recessed parts that will need to remain masked for a long time while the model is constructed and painted around around them.
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starsiegeplayer
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April 13th, 2020, 3:25 am

Now that I have the cockpit inlay painted and masked, I can make progress building the body. The kit is nice but still needs a bit of putty to close seams... not too bad though. One omission on the kit is the pulse laser cannon. This is accurate for the mid size and small filming models but not the large size. I have scratch built a cannon using stock styrene tubing and an acrylic rod (rod not shown here).
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TD1701
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Joined: April 3rd, 2019, 5:45 pm
Location: Milwaukee, WI

April 18th, 2020, 3:27 pm

Once your done with the cannon I wouldn't mind seeing a pic or two. I can't wait to see more progress on this baby and I know it's going to look awesome when it's done! :D

Take care and stay safe!

Tom
starsiegeplayer
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April 26th, 2020, 7:34 am

Starting to prime the sub-assemblies.
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I finished assembling the pulse laser cannon by sanding the front of the acrylic rod into a lens shape with 400 grit wet sandpaper, then polished it with 1000 grit, then 2000, then finally finishing the surface with automotive plastic polishing compound. The lens is covered up with liquid mask to protect it during painting, but I have this close up and a screenshot from "War Games" for comparison.
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705CO
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Joined: April 20th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: DC area

April 26th, 2020, 11:40 pm

I don't believe I've ever seen this ship before. I like it! Looking good!
"When I left you I was but a learner; now I am the master."
starsiegeplayer
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April 27th, 2020, 2:10 am

705CO wrote:
April 26th, 2020, 11:40 pm
I don't believe I've ever seen this ship before. I like it! Looking good!
Thanks!

If you would like to see the episode that featured the Hawk, it's streaming (legally) for free at https://tubitv.com/tv-shows/456135/s01_e04_war_games
starsiegeplayer
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April 28th, 2020, 1:54 am

Bit of a bummer. Have discovered that this fuel line was broken in my kit. Round 2 will send a replacement but it may take 6 weeks. Maybe I'll still be working on the kit when it arrives.
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starsiegeplayer
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May 10th, 2020, 7:36 pm

Base coat down.
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starsiegeplayer
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May 20th, 2020, 2:17 am

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If anyone is going to build the Hawk, please be aware of the vernier thrusters. I had heard I had to "be careful" removing them but that is actually not the right warning. The sprue attachments are much thicker than the connection between the nozzles and the block so any stress during snipping/cutting goes to the weakest point and snaps the thruster off the block.

The only way I can recommend removing these parts is with a razor saw. That doesn't stress the part and you won't break it.
starsiegeplayer
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May 25th, 2020, 7:59 pm

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