This is my first post in LSM and I am sharing some photos of the model presently seating in my bench (a very small scale model).
It's Revell's 1:144 scale Hawkeye. I am using the decals included in the box and its boxart is clearly inspired by a photo you can easily find in wikipedia. This photo c~shows the aircraft with the new 8 bladed propeller and I got myself a set from RetroWings.
The kit is pretty straightforward and is was quickly built (only the air intakes and exhausts required some special attention.
The resin propellers did not have a very positive fit, so I built a simple jig, allowing me to set a consistent pitch for all blades.
Before committing to glue any blade, I tested the fit between the propeller hub and the engine. The propeller hubs proved to be a bit to wide for the kit parts and I tried to slightly reduce their diameter, but as their axles are a bit off center it was impossible to simply turn them. I decided to turn my own parts on the mini-lathe, using brass rod.
The fit was now much better (sorry for the poor photo, it was quickly snapped with my phone).
Using a dividing head I could easily make the holes to fit the propeller blades.
The airframe already got its base colours.
I hope to post more soon.