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

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  1. Looking good. I especially appreciate the tedious work on the instruments. Did you add some nose weight? This one is a tail-sitter. Mine had weight added, but not enough; it tail-sits if someone walks past the shelf and causes tiny vibrations. ALF
  2. Thanks, Mark. Sorry for being silent for so long; life has been VERY busy in the last several weeks. Definitely my buddy flew the Block II Aurora, and he was happy with that variant. You were there in Bagotville? Nice. Glad you enjoyed yourself. For me, airshows are not the same as a member of the unwashed masses (general public) as they were when a participant! During the show, I bent the ear of your Aussie exchange pilot. Learned quite a bit about the aircraft from that. Here is what the aircraft looks like with the wingtips installed, and most of the overall painting done. <blo
  3. Got this one done! I have attached the canopy without glue for now, so that it won't get damaged in transit. Holds itself nicely. Here is a close-up of the cockpit, showing the avionics bay and canopy in place. Shots of it done. Had to wait for it to stop raining here in the Great White North. ALF
  4. Been doing some painting. Here is the masking of the camouflage, using flexible medical tape. Patented method... (well, actually freely shared by AX_365). I love that tape for masking. Based on the discussion about the colour of the props, I did a repaint of the blades using Tamiya Flat aluminum. More soon. Finishing up another model right now (CF-18 in 1/32 scale). ALF
  5. As I just posted, you're right about that. The intake shroud is apparently stainless steel. The blades are in fact oxidized. ALF
  6. Guess what, we're both (sort of) right. Through the magic of Facebook, I manged to get the full story from a guy who works in the shop that refurbishes the Aurora props. He tells me that they are indeed natural metal, but that they are never polished, so they take on a dull grey colour that looks a bit like paint. I decided to paint mine Tamiya dull aluminum. They look more natural now. Pictures soon, after I've applied decals, etc to the props. ALF
  7. I agree that they should (logically) be natural aluminum, and the Herc's props (similar engines) are certainly that colour. Both the kit instructions and my photos belie that, though. Here are two more close-ups I took. On the head-on partial view, where the prop logos are faded, it almost seems like the natural metal is peeking through in little speckles, and that there is indeed a light grey paint applied. Not sure. Unfortunately, my client, an Aurora pilot who just retired, is currently on the beach in New Jersey, and won't be home for a while, so I can't ask his opinion. Does anyone
  8. Time to assemble the props. They come in full-coarse pitch, and there is NO way I will change that. Lots of work done after that. Assembled all 4 props, and painted the black and light grey. From the pictures, it is fairly close to the underside light grey (which also happens to be the colour of Tamiya light grey primer you see here, close to FS 36375 Light Ghost Grey, the same colour as the underside of the CF-18). I hand-painted the prop blades using Model Master Acryl, FS 36375, which is a tiny bit darker than the primer colour. According to the kit instr
  9. Filler time. Not NEARLY as much fun as Miller time, and WAY less fun than Labatt's time! A few coats of this required, to fill in the pylon grooves. The real thing, with no pylons installed, is super smooth. Fairly clear from this photo, but up close the pylon mounts are almost invisible (just locating circles). The new-style wingtips, which are quite different from the ones the kit includes as add-ons. Apparently, they lowered the indicated airspeed limit at lower altitudes to 300 kts when installing these wingtips because of flutter conce
  10. At long last, some progress again. Not wanting to repeat the near-disaster of the 'Gimli Glider', I decided to use good old trial and error to ensure enough weight was used. I filled up the nose cone with fishing weights, and tried it using the fingers in the wheel wells technique. Close, but not sure it will quite be enough. This is the amount I could get in there without causing fit problems. In the ongoing 'better safe than sorry' approcah, I decided to add more lead into the nose area, just aft of the flight deck. Before I glued the fuselage halves toget
  11. Sure. Send transportation cost, and I'll supply the beer and labour. I didn't want to take a chance. Better safe than sorry! ALF
  12. Can't say enough about how happy I am. The client should be very pleased. ALF
  13. Thanks, Mike. Love The Rock! Even for him, though, that movie was a bit over the top. Got the call from PEG about the door; closed it is. Phew. Much less fragile. Setting this aside for a couple days while I finish off the other build I'm doing, a big CF-18 for a guy in Cold Lake. ALF
  14. Thanks Phantom! Colin's decals were perfect. Here's the RCAF, pilot's name, and mission markings. Great finishing touches. I had to move the roundel further aft, because I had put it slightly too far forward and the RCAF was crowding the electrical outlet. Now to apply flat coat, and attach the canopies. Almost done! ALF
  15. I will delay delivery just for you, buddy! Actually, I haven't heard when the clients may be showing up to retrieve it, so I'm sure it'll be done and still here. Something to look forward to! Colin K, as I mentioned, came through with some decals for this. They arrived in the mail today. So excited! In preparation for the decals, I removed the old mission markings (which look terrible compared to Colin's decals). The tape I used took most of them off, but I had to scrape a bit more, because the clear coat and dull coat held some of the markings too well.
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