Thanks for the info, guys! I'll try to re-position the other A-7's flaps.
Spent a whole day looking for the Zactoman intake parts. I thought I'd lost them, whew! I regret not having gotten the seamless intakes when they were available. Had to fix the seams of the kit part.
I carved up a piece of styrene sheet and attached it to the end of a dowel.
I shaped it so that when I ran it along the bead of apoxie sculpt it would force the putty into the groove.
I cut off the other end of the intake for easy access.
Filled the grooves with Apoxie Sculpt and used the tool to level it down.
Had to sand it down a little after it had dried. It worked out pretty well.
The Trumpeter's chin is a bit too straight compared to the Hasegawa's.
But the Zacto part requires pinching the intake -- which makes the chin go lower...
It will level with the edge of the lip but the chin will lose curvature(?). Hmmm.....
I'm thinking about cutting off some material here so that even if I pinch the intake the chin won't go down further. But then I might have to trim down the lip to match it. I might be digging myself into a hole : (
By the way, surprise-surprise. The cockpit, which was pretty much done with the pilot strapped comfortably in his seat, suffered a cat-tastrophe. The cat helped himself onto the workbench in the middle of the night and swiped the cockpit over the edge with his paw (why I had strategically placed it close to the edge I may never figure out). When I woke up the next morning I see the pilot had ejected, one of his arms broken and all the PE straps missing. I found the straps eventually in a dilapidated state -- one buckle (with several folds) flattened like a pancake under my shoe. When will I ever learn my lesson ---- I have a cat and need to stow away anything I've completed safely out of view : (