Saturday, August 19, 2006

Building the Thunderhawk, Part IV

The final stages: decals and glosscote. The local hobby store has a huge selection of decals for sale. Most of the sheets are between three and five dollars, so you get some sweet decals without blowing a lot of dough. And they really add some visual punch. I flipped through a couple of fat folders of model airplane decals and found two sets that I liked, both from American military planes. Decaling took a while, but it was worth it.


Here she is all dressed up.


The back end.


The cockpit. I bought one of the sheets just for the "Death on Wings" banner. The number 13 may be tempting fate, but fate hasn't bitten back yet.


Here she is out at the range, with the rest of my little fleet. Details on makes and models to follow, or you can get the short version here.


That's it for the build. Between the first drop of glue and the last wisp of glosscote, a month elapsed, but I wasn't working on it all the time and sometimes days would go by with no action (sorta like my dissertation). It also ate up two tubes of super glue, one big bottle of Elmer's, and four cans of spray paint.

Mainly, it's a huge relief to have it done, and an even bigger relief to have logged a couple of successful flights. But that's a story for another post.

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