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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 9:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 11:06 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 4:18 am

Hey guys, thanks for the great comments.

I've got a bit of a block on how to accomplish building the birdcages for the rear suspension. I have both Dirt Modeler pieces they offer, but they're a little different than what I need where the pickup points are. So until I figure out how I'm going to handle that, I thought I would try something else.

I reshaped the tail a little, as the diecast piece has some material in the front that a real tail doesn't have and it prevents it from mounting up against the cage as it should. So I ground it down with a bench grinder and filled it in with filler.








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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 4:33 am

Stripped the paint off...







Added some styrene to the underside to replicate the real tank a little better. Also filled in the screw hole with plastic...

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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 4:47 am

Made mounts on the chassis with some studs. Looks like a simple addition, but man, for some reason getting those deals lined up just right was quite an ordeal. Probably two or three times for each spud having to make sure





Primed the tail with self-etching primer and drilled it for the mounts.




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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 5:30 am

I also started to modify the hood a little. I have big mods planned for the area that covers the engine, but the nose needed a little reshaping first to match the shape of the real car.

I added some styrene to help guide the shaping process.







More to follow... thanks for looking!
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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 12:56 pm

Truly this is metal craftsmanship at its finest.  One question, on the nose plastic is mated to metal.  What glue is best? What filler is best?  Your work is very helpful for anyone modifying premade metal models.
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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 4:26 pm

Man I am really enjoying this build. Are you using a quick set epoxy to bond the plastic and metal?
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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 4:42 pm

Thanks for looking guys. Buck nailed it- I used 5-minute epoxy to adhere the styrene to the metal. The filler is Bondo Glazing putty. It's much finer than regular Bondo and is a two-part putty so it doesn't shrink like Squadron or something else might.
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PostSubject: Re: Streicher Hawk Midget Brass Build   Tue 24 Feb 2015, 8:24 pm

Here are a couple more photos of the hood I forgot to add.



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