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1/72 and 1/76 Scale Armor and AFVs.
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Expierience with Flyhawk 1:72 Anyone?
Brianlee
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Joined: December 17, 2017
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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 11:48 AM UTC
I have a few of their kits, including the Pz1 F and Pz2 Luchs. I consider myself to be intermediate skill and have done quite a few 1/72's over the years from Revell of Germany, Dragon & S-Model.


When looking at the sprues on the Flyhawk Pz I F, the molding is incredible, but the tiny parts look so incredibly thin, I can imagine it being a handful removing, even crazier to sand a micro nub off


Robin gave me some great advice on planning cuts off the sprue (still learning and honing my repair/scratch skillset ha) and I do have extra german tools from flyhawk I have lying around in case of screw ups, but any other advice on how to tackle these fly hawk gems would be great.

Can't wait to do some of my 1/35's and relax -
Vicious
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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:15 PM UTC
I built their first 1/72 the FT-17 and is a little gem aside where I cut the sprue I did not have to sand anything and no putty, even the PE that are very small they not give me any problem, perfect fitting a mini Tamiya in practice, more relaxing than many kits in 1/35, to cut the sprue if I can not with the cutter I use the JLC razor-saw
Brianlee
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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:22 PM UTC
Do you have a link for that saw ? I built an ft-17 but I could not get those PE grab handles on the front hatch to my liking! I moght just build it with the "block" handles left on
Vicious
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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:43 PM UTC
here the saw...

http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?cPath=21_28&products_id=37

for the PE handle i used AC glue in gel or ZAP-thick i dot remember and some accelerator also from ZAP,you can also find that stuff at UMM-USA

this is my FT-17 cast turret...

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=260546#2209342

tu cut the PE i use a scalpel or i have the Xuron scissors and another pair of mini scissors, depends on the PE
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 02:56 AM UTC
IMHO, Flyhawk is at the top of the food chain in both 1/72 armor, and 1/700 ships. Their kits are not for a first-timer, but most intermediate modelers can tackle one. Just exercise caution in cutting, cleaning, handling, and glueing, and you'll end up with a very nice model.
VintageRPM
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 05:27 AM UTC
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When looking at the sprues on the Flyhawk Pz I F, the molding is incredible, but the tiny parts look so incredibly thin, I can imagine it being a handful removing, even crazier to sand a micro nub off
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This is the tool you need to get the tiny parts off the sprue.
https://www.micromark.com/Tweezer-Sprue-Cutter-Despruing-Tweezer
tankmodeler
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 03:48 AM UTC

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This is the tool you need to get the tiny parts off the sprue.


Have used both fine sprue cutters and those tweezers and the JLC razor saw is actually better than either of them for removing very fine parts with near zero risk of either breaking the part _OR_ launching it across the bench into the maw of the carpet monster.

I can't recommend that saw too much. Got mine 4-5 years ago and use it incessantly. I bought extra blades at the time, but have yet to dull the first blade that came with it. It glides through styrene almost effortlessly. Very little force along the cut line.

Paul
Rob_Haelterman
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 05:43 AM UTC
I agree. These kits are simply amazing :-)

https://www.onthewaymodels.com/reviews/Flyhawk/RHael_Flyhawk_Luchs.htm

https://www.onthewaymodels.com/reviews/Flyhawk/RHael_Flyhawk_PanzerIAusfF.htm