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About ALF18

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    Quebec City, Canada
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    Canadian Forces aircraft
    WWII fighters
    Modern jet fighters (USAF, RAF, etc)

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  1. Putty time! I like to use nail polish remover and a Q-Tip to shape it before it dries. This works for most applications. Will need a second coat, but better already. Remember how horrible the bottom was? Lots of putty required here. Coming along. I will be using Leading Edge decals for this one. I had a look at the colour scheme to see what needed to be red or black. Since I'm using a brush, I wanted to do the first trials on the underside, and make sure that the red paint w
  2. Nice souvenir! I gave my father's logbooks away to a museum, so can't check - but there's a good chance one or both of them flew that tail number. I love hearing about well-preserved aviation relics. ALF
  3. Thanks Geoff. I wish I shared your confidence... 🙂 Somehow, I will force it to work.
  4. As part of the intake dry-fitting, I saw that the lower wing didn't fit at all because of those huge intake trunks. That's why I chopped the things. I think part of the problem is that the cockpit is sitting a bit too low, pushing everything down. I finally got things to fit a little better, but there are still some big problems. The aft fuselage to wing join is odd. The arc is different on each, leaving a huge step. I got it all together after lots of chopping and dry-fitting. Putty will be required!!! Tops of the wings glued in plac
  5. Some of the gaps are incredible on this beast. I will try to clamp, etc, to minimize this one. In the meantime, I am working on those intakes. Looks to me like the trunking causes the outer covers to fail to seat properly. I am not a trunking fan, given that these intakes on the real thing just kind of terminate in a large screen that keeps the rocks out of the huge vacuum-cleaner style impeller (for the centrifugal-flow engine, not axial-flow like modern jets). Notice that I don't care about the mould leftovers much either. Here, I've chopped up that large assembly that was
  6. Wow, major gaps to fill! You're on the right track, buddy. ALF
  7. Thanks Shawn for the confirmation. I've been struggling with the fuselage joins now. Got out my CA glue, and glued the front/top of the nose section. Underneath, this is what happens. After the front set, I attacked the portion just aft of the cockpit. Hopefully that will set nicely, and I can continue later. Now, to head to the apartment complex's pool! It's 31C, feels like 37. Perfect pool weather. ALF
  8. Before I glued the fuselage halves together, I had an overnight flash. Some people obssess about their lives and relationships at 3 am... I think about my latest model. Here is what I thought about. This is the nose gear bay, assembled according to the kit instructions. Have a good look at the little sockets at bottom left. I had a dim memory of something being not quite right when I built this kit the first time, several years ago, but at 3 am it kept evading me, until I remembered. The little sockets were intended to receive the side tabs on the nose gear strut! Here i
  9. Now that the cockpit is in place, I decided to work a bit on the intakes before gluing the fuselage together. Remember I mentioned that the kit parts are not numbered? Well, I noticed that there were two very similar parts. The upper one, dry-fit on the fuselage, is the one for the T-33. The lower one is for the F-80. You can see that the T-33's is longer, the extra length for the rear seat. I tossed the two short parts into the bin. BTW, both the T-33 and F-80 parts fit very poorly into the fuselage side. Taking Mike Millette's advice from his Hobby Scale b
  10. Good job! Love that Lethbridge demo pose... 🙂 ALF
  11. Nice job, Shawn. I'm happy it fit reasonably well. Of course, with your skills, you're always able to make it work. ALF
  12. Small hijack of my own thread. I did some searching for other in-progress threads, to see how other people addressed some of the problems with this kit's assembly. I stumbled on this one, which I will read more carefully. https://www.hyperscale.com/2010/features/t3332mm_1.htm#:~:text=The T-33 was built,schemes were just about endless. Of particular interest to me is the part about the intake assembly, since I know this is a problem in this kit. ALF
  13. Next troublesome fit - the nose wheel well. The kit's plastic is somewhat recessed, giving a possible clue as to where exactly the wheel bay should go. The problem is that it doesn't fit snugly into these recesses, and could be glued in at multiple angles and in many little variations of positioning. Dry fitting to see... I finally applied some glue, and will try this. Next step, after it solidifies, is to see if the two fuselage halves fit nicely with this part in this position. If not, I'll use more Tamiya Extra-Thin glue to unseat it and corr
  14. Just got my little envelope from the Plastic Models Store in Kyiv. Three Quinta Studios cockpit decals. They arrived in great shape, well packed, with a nice little business card inside. Nice to see they are still in business. I will definitely order from them again soon. ALF
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