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  1. AA 737-800 Reno Air and AirCal decals yet? Tracy
  2. WAY passed due for a good 1/32 scale kit with everything in the box to make whatever version you want. Tons of weapons to include, with wing/tail fold options, and flap/slat options as well. Tracy
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    All Tomcats became Bombcats. All units "Squadrons" had them.
  4. Feeling compelled to remind you... 😉 Light Gull Gray rear canopies. Tracy
  5. VERY small update. 3D printed fins arrived today.
  6. Two lower hulls would not have worked for you. Remember, the lower hull concaves into the profile of the hull. Just cutting off the B/C deck, replacing it with a styrene plug, and putting the bridge on top would have done it even though the top profile on a Dominion class is quite pronounced.. Example of a styrene plug from my old Copernicus project... The old ERTL kit B/C deck is incorrect, so I cut it off and replaced it with a corrected shape.
  7. Nice build! FYI, check the manual again. The Dreadnought didn't have a B/C deck under the bridge. 😉 Cool looking ship all the same. Tracy
  8. Pretty much finished up all the master work on the superstructure. Using 1mm x 1mm Tamiya grid tape, I scratch made the raised detail that circles the Impulse Christal Trench and recessed details aft of it. Here, the paper template is used to trace out the shaped of the raised plate the bridge dome sits on in the middle of the round section. The straight section is the spine that runs aft away from the rear of the bridge. Grinding away any plastic that isn't the raised bridge plate. All the parts for the top of the superstructur
  9. Here the master is re-primed. The scratch built bridge dome, and 3D modeled Impulse Crystal is placed, along with paper templates for raised plate surface details that will be glued on the clear vacuum formed pull of this master.
  10. The impulse crystal trench is used to size a clay plug to fill in the new position while resi is added. Cleaning up the leading edge of the trench recess with Apoxie Scuplt. The plug goes in snugly. Resin is poured in to back-fill the upper tear. After the resin goes off, the plug is removed to reveal the new trench recess. After much filling, sanding, and blending the new contours in, it's been cleaned and ready for Primer. P
  11. Here you can see where details have been chiseled or ground away to the new 1/4" more forward position. The chines are all done and feathered in, and the bow surface of the superstructure has been more refined. This is a master that will also be vacuum formed in clear.
  12. Here, the new leading edge shapes of the chines is set with a piece of sheet styrene then back filled with Apoxie sculpt. While I had it out I preened the leading edge of the superstructure forward of the bridge. Top Bottom In discovering the chines, it turns out the impulse crystal trench needs to come forward qtr in as well. Tracy
  13. Dabbling a bit on the Excelsior primary hull super structure master. Something about it looked off - not proportional to me for the longest time, but I never sat down and worked it out. I set up one of my images to my projects scale and went over it inch by inch. The length is dead on, as is the width. Then I discovered what the issue is... The side chines are too short! They need to be extended forward. Master over the scaled tracing... Easy fix. just trace out the extensions for the top surface, then fill in the rest of it with Apoxie Sculpt.
  14. Suggestion for ya... When you glue your gear on... Get the model on them on a flat surface as soon as possible before they cure. Maybe with some added weight so they seat correctly. This will get all the wheels on the ground. 🙂 Tracy
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