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Author Topic: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)  (Read 388 times)

Offline Fitz

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P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:18:35 AM »

I found this .STL of a P-40 Warhawk a long time ago (I don't recall exactly where) but only now do I have the ability to print it myself. It's a very simple model, with no external detailing at all no exhausts, no canopy ribbing, no panel lines or control surfaces. It's like an old air force recognition model, in which the silhouette is the important thing and all those other details are superfluous.

I've painted it up in colours for the Desert Air Force in North Africa during WWII. At least, I think I have I haven't done a great deal of research into exact markings. It's intended purely as a wargaming model, so for me, near enough is good enough as long as it's recognizable as what it's intended to be. I've added a nail head to its belly so that it will stick to my magnetic flight stands.

Note: Painting RAF roundels freehand is a gigantic pain in the arse, but I haven't found any masking method for this scale that isn't just as much of a pain in the arse. I'm terrible at handling waterslide decals, but in the case of RAF roundels I'd make the effort (if I actually had any handy).



« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 02:58:09 AM by Fitz »

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:100 FDM print)
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 02:52:06 AM »


It didn't seem right, since it's a P-40, that it didn't have a shark-mouth painted on. So I went back and did that.

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 08:17:45 AM »
Nice job.

Those are freehand?

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 10:44:41 AM »
Those are freehand?

Yep. Not my favourite part of painting, but I don't have any decals and don't like waiting.

Offline Mick_in_Switzerland

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 10:51:00 AM »
Peter,

I am amazed at your freehand roundels - well done.
Did you have to do a lot of sanding and filling to clean up the stripes on the FDM print?

Regards

Mick
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 12:30:47 PM by Mick_in_Switzerland »

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 12:23:50 PM »

 Lovely job on a classic subject, your excellent paintjob certainly more than makes up for any lack of detail on the model :)

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 06:50:40 PM »
Yep. Not my favourite part of painting, but I don't have any decals and don't like waiting.
Wow!

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Re: P-40 Warhawk (1:144 FDM print)
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 08:54:18 PM »
Did you have to do a lot of sanding and filling to clean up the stripes on the FDM print?

Very little. It was printed at a 0.08mm layer height, so a quick scuff-over and a coat of aerosol sandable primer and the print lines, such as they were, disappeared completely. Printing orientation counts too; this model was printed standing up on its tail, so the very fine Z-height meant that visible layering on the curves of the aeroplane were minimal.