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CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

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By the looks of that Boomerang mate, I think it will come back.

 

Love that chipping technique.

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Some more work. After much thought, I decided to go with A46-217, with the nose art “Hep Cat” instead of the one in my first post. I liked the cat painted on this Boomerang as he looks like a cool sort of character, not sure what ‘Hep’ is short for but he looks like he gets up to some pretty dodgy stuff in his spare time. There are no decals for the serials, squadron codes or the nose art so I was going to have to paint all of them.

 

First up, the picture that inspired me to do this one.

 

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Made up some masks for the roundels and painted these on first.

 

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I found a good clear photo of the QE squadron code and traced around the letters, I also turned the Q into a G to make the individual aircraft letter..

 

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Using the period photo as above, I traced the “Hep Cat” writing

 

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I then used the same photograph to rough out the cat. I was going to use a reasonably clear profile drawing of 217 from the Boomerang book but found it to be fairly innacuarate compared to the photo of the real thing.

 

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This is the two masks ready to cut.

 

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The cat. There are quite a few elements to this to allow me to spray the three colours.

 

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Mask on, ready to spray

 

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one down, one to go.

 

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all done! I will be toning down the paint chipping a little bit. Also, the cat will need some more detail that I will hand paint.

 

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Edited by ericg

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That cat is a pretty cool looking character, Eric! It is the cherry on a very nice build, I think.

Edited by Hans

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Now that's a realy ingenious way of using the Silhouette cutter that hadn't occurred to me, thanks for the lesson! A 'hep cat' is circa late 1950s slang for what may these days be described as a cool dude, though that's probably superseded now too! 

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3 minutes ago, mozart said:

Now that's a realy ingenious way of using the Silhouette cutter that hadn't occurred to me, thanks for the lesson! A 'hep cat' is circa late 1950s slang for what may these days be described as a cool dude, though that's probably superseded now too! 

 

Just a variant of hip, as I understand it.

 

Kev

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3 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

 

Just a variant of hip, as I understand it.

 

Kev

 

Yep - you are right Kev,

The term used then was "That's Hep"  ( or cool) 

An old-fashioned meaning of Hipster ( a person who follows the latest trends or fashions)

But also, Wikipedia says it is of West African origin - the word " Hepicat" and means :  One who has his eyes open

I think both applies here.

Pip

 

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I did a bit more research on Hep Cat and found that he was a cartoon during the mid 1940’s. I figured that this is what the artist would have based his painting on and decided to fill in the blanks with the cats face as it stood in my last update. Due to the fuzzy nature of the original photo, some of details had disappeared, but close examination allowed me to see that his ears and face were of slightly different shades, which matched up with pictures of the cartoon that I found on the WWW. I believe that the cat has stripes on a shirt which may represent an Aussie rules football team that maybe the pilot liked or even played for.

 

I worked on the mask a bit more and sprayed the face and ears.

 

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I then used a .03mm Copic Multiliner to outline the cat, and draw his eyes and whiskers as well as define his paws. I have sprayed a thin gloss coat over the nose art to protect it whilst I finish the rest of the model.

 

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Beautifully done! Those sprayed on markings look great and now you have me wondering if I should invest in a portrait cutter...

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