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Old 09-17-2010, 02:12 PM
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Wow! That's a really nice little hornet. Very inspiring. And I always wonder how people can roll those microscopic tubes forming the missiles bodies. I have a hard enough time rolling the tubes for the fuel tanks. :p
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:49 PM
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Hi Cafe, bon jour.
I notice that you are also a small scale builder. I would like to share my method of rolling fuel tanks and missiles in very small scale. For large ones, please go to my thread on the jumbo hornet and see for yourselves how to deal with large petal cones.

1. Cut out the fuel tank or whatever you're going to roll and get a strip of paper, slightly less wide as the fuel tank.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0001.jpg

2. Roll the fuel tank first with a toothpick or similar and roll the strip of paper to curl it completely.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0002.jpg

3. Keep rolling and testing to adjust the diameter of the rolled small rod to see if it fits just right in the fuel tank which is now moderately rolled up. If it doesn't fit, trim excess part of the strip. Don't apply glue yet.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0003.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0004.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0005.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0006.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0007.jpg

4. Now you have a rolled up rod ready for the fuel tank which is now the skin. Then measure the width of the central part of the rod. Roll out the trimmed strip completely and mark the central part that you have just measured.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0008.jpg

5. Mark and trim the parts on both sides of the strip. Roll tightly this time and glue at the end of the strip. You should now have a rod with tapered ends.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0009.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0010.jpg

6. Place the rod in the fuel tank, apply slightly some PVA and roll it up. Make sure that there's no glue at both ends of the fuel tank yet.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0010.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0011.jpg

7. Open the petals, there're only 4 here, but 8 should look better, never mind. Apply PVA on each petal and press it gently against the rod which is now a shaft of the fuel tank. Repeat procedure on the rest of petals at both ends. Finally, smooth out both ends gently with your fingers while the fuel tank has not dried completely and up till you are satisfied with the shape. See, small scales are easier to manoeuvre in this situation.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0012.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0013.jpg

8. There you have it. One more tip, if you manage to do away with the outlines at the tip of the fuel tank, either by trimming it when you remove it from the plan, or paint it or whatever, you'll get an even better result.
Stahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0014.jpgStahlhart's Minute Top Gun F-18 1/263-dsc_0015.jpg

Hope you'll enjoy it. Remember, I'm here to share not to teach!

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Old 09-18-2010, 11:25 AM
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Thanks. I'll have to try this!
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Great work friend..ill just stick with the big ones..a smart man recognizes his limitations.....thats not saying i wont try it someday....bill amos
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:54 PM
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Hi Bill, that's very true about being a smart man and I'm close to being nuts until I read your post. Thanks for your reminder. I'll keep this in mind whenever I'm pushing myself to the limits. Must admit now having problem with building a small canopy of this little hornet. Hope will resolve it.

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Old 09-20-2010, 04:44 AM
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The little hornet is now finished, having resolved the canopy problem. It was mainly trouble vacu-forming the tiny canopy. After wasting half a dozen PE clear plastic, the canopy was formed but was found to be a little bit too large for the cockpit. Solution - cut it into halves, according to the frame and glued them in place. Some painting, not very satisfactory, was necessary as the frame appeared to be too small to fix on the canopy nicely. Perhaps it will be retouched later.
To keep it short, please see the photos taken on the F-18 and also with the F-5 that I built as a break to the Hornet project. The original 1/200 version of the F-5 was downscaled to 1/263 to match my Hornet. They are all fully armed with missiles and extra fuel tanks.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:52 PM
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You hoo ! Congrats for this tiny Hornet ! The Tiger II is so small compared to it and I really love what you did with the rear section.
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Papermate!!!! Fantastic!! and the tank tutorial BRILLIANT!!!
Thank you very much for sharing!
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:12 AM
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Hi, I'm not done yet. Show you a wing-folded Hornet with open canopy. The final touch up is yet to come, after fixing the missile launchers, wheel wells etc. The difference in colours on both hornets are obviously different setting when printing.
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hey paper mate can you send me a copy of the f 35 please? need you okay before i put my email. thanks.
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