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About AlienFrogModeller

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    Why am I here, shouldn't I be building?
  • Birthday 01/29/1968

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  1. Aight folks need 2 C-17 kits at a reasonable price for an office build for mbrs of the RCAF CC177 community here in RAFB who will be departing soon. Appreciate any help! Cheers
  2. So the Canopy seal worked okay, added the canopy guide pins as well. Just needs some paint!
  3. Trying to add the canopy seal...let's see how this works out.
  4. Added some more details to the canopy. Just a few more details here then I think I'll be happy here. All in all I added the shoot cueing box, map light, wiring, canopy pressure bellows and detailed the canopy rocket motors.
  5. jenshb, WOW you got me on the IP Coaming...good one, doesn't happen to often. But in the hornet maint community it's the glare shield. Ithink after some looking and comparing, the glare shield is too tall but it accommodates the IP well. So is the IP too tall, or the cockpit tub? I might be thinkin' its a bit of everything. I will be looking at it closer on my next group of family version Hornets (Bs).
  6. I feel your pain, my heart goes out to you and your family.
  7. jenshb - you lost me...after 20 years on the Hornet, never heard of this. IP coaming? Cheers
  8. Hey everyone, been busy..but I have also been working on my babies ..here is one shot. I had lots more, but they were of really not that interesting shots...I should be pressing on this build more, now that things have settle...sort of for me.
  9. This is good to know, not sure what my next project will be after my production line is completed. Cheers
  10. Folks...some bad news. I'm sure it has been documented by someone else but here is the issue I found. The PE HUD is too big, too wide and tall. As per the instruction in Step 24 - PE11 does not fit into the windscreen area, will not accept the part L11 and L12 as per the OEM directions. Suggestion: 1. Carefully with a sharp blade (or whatever works for you) to scrape the inside of the square hole where the part PE11 in to be placed. The scraping of plastic is along the sides where the PE 11 is to be placed. 2. (height prep) Remove the side arms from the base of PE11. Cut approx one half mm (1/2 mm from the base up the HUD side brace. This should give you the proper height. 3. Width prep - Place a filler - approx. .001" (scrape PE, paper, plastic) on the outer edge of the HUD brace square. Place the HUD brace on the inside of the filler you've created. Do this twice, once for each side, this will close the gap to use the OEM part L11 and L12 in step 24. The filler gap will depend on your scraping inside the HUD square from earlier. 4. You might find a better more efficient way, this was my process and may improve it on the next three. I don't think this is avoidable, no matter what you do...except. I made a HUD cover, we did use this during the season, you probably wont see too many pics as techs/aircrew would remove when on display. Placed the canopy in place and used putty around the screen. I'll let that harden and then sanding..tomorrow.
  11. Windscreen test fit with the HUD....grrr. Notice the bottom of the windscreen corners where it meets the aircraft structure. The HUD is too tall or the windscreen is too short! More thinking required...maybe my HUD is not set all the way down inside. I'll check it out tomorrow night...until next time.
  12. I decided to try an new windshield to see what is going on...and my suspicions were confirmed. The hot water distorted the leading edge of the windscreen. Salvageable? Not sure yet. New windscreen, as you can see the width is an issue. Side look way better. Might have to order some extra clear parts....dang it. Cheers AFM
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