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post #1 of 321 (permalink) Old 03-31-13, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wait! I don't have a Thunderhawk thread on this forum? This will never do.

But the whole thing may be moot as there is a lot of speculation in the Яussian community about a release of a Plastic Thunderhawk.

This photo is in the latest issue of WD.



Can anyone post a larger image?

Anyway Eventually I shall have to resume building my over-sized T'hawk just to complete it as it is already in a fairly advanced state.

http://i.imgur.com/30Wgy.jpg


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http://i.imgur.com/O94R1.jpg


and now I am about to be upstaged by GW but wait?

There are significant similarities between that GW T'hawk and mine.....

Could I get them on © infringements? XD

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*squeals with excitement*

I needn't think you should worry about a plastic Thunderhawk - it's largely been debunked as false, seeing as that pic is a resin Thunderhawk from FW, featured a while back in a White Dwarf article. <Thread>

Looking forward to seeing this progress.

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It is beyond my feeble understanding how you can make such incredible detail on your plasticard works of art there BA.

As for copyrights, pretty sure GW/FW are well ahead of you on that front.

Can't wait to see the finished product.
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The copyright remark was just a joke..........

First we'll start with where I am on the overall T'hawk. It's been a year since I worked on this so it will take me a bit of time to come up to speed.

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


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


As I recall I was working on the retractable landing gear so that will be a good place to start.................
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RETRACTABLE NOSE LANDING GEAR

Started on the nose gear retractable landing gear today. I want a fully movable gear that retracts and extends and there is a very limited space between the gear bay and the floor of the cargo bay. The big issue is the collapsible oleo strut which acts as a shock absorber when the aircraft lands. I lost a couple of hours sleep the past few nights coming up with a workable design.

We'll see how it works out.........................

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Looks good well done would like to see it painted up when your done.



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There you see I've come back to this refreshed with new ideas and a firmer grasp on modeling techniques and not afraid to go 'where' a year ago I would have feared to tread..............

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This may actually work!
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This project is certainly a commitment! love the progress so far. It looks like it is coming together quite nicely!

If I may ask, what has been the most difficult part of putting that ship together?

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The most difficult part was making the camber in the wings and gluing on the leading edge while maintaining the camber. I literally had to build the wing inside out in a space less than a centimeter (3/8 of an inch) chord of the wing . The wing camber section is 20 cm long and has a stepped back in the cut out area adjacent to the engine.

The Retractable Nose Gear Cylinder Shock Strut Mechanism

Below is the system I came up with to allow the nose gear to retract and still compress when the weight of the model is on the extended foot plate.

This will allow the foot plate to extend forward to act as the nose gear bay door as in the original model but still be the landing foot pad when the gear is deployed.

The mechanism works but I still need to get the length right and I may need weaker springs. I'll have to see when the gear is installed in the model.

The components manufactured................
http://i.imgur.com/UHAqKgB.jpg


the components partially assembled................
http://i.imgur.com/zAshg9i.jpg


The shock strut in full extention.............
http://i.imgur.com/xUUvXWB.jpg


Compressing the shock strut allows 1.5 cm of travel...........
http://i.imgur.com/X5sPaE5.jpg

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