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  1. +1 πŸ™‚ You're off to a good start! Make it real good. I'll follow with interest . πŸ™‚
  2. Exhaust mods: As you can see from the pictures of the real plane, the entire exhausts in the model are a little bit on the thicker side. The guide vanes need thinning, canting ans overall reshaping with an airfoil, and shortening too. I plan to tackle them low and slow. πŸ™‚
  3. So, after a lot of test fits, I ended up painting the acrylic parts black from the inner sides so to make them not transparent at all. Otherwise, they were really way too transparent, it was just surreal to see the engine faces clearly through the mesh screen. So, here is a test fit only of one of the screens over the not transparent acrylic parts. And please, stay home make models because the situation requires it!
  4. The holes include basically the entire top sides of the intake trunks πŸ™‚ But I walled off the provisions to fit seamlessly with the relief doors. The struts of the engine faces are thined down too and I made them "transparent". And here is what I plan to do with the thin delicate PE screen mesh for the intakes. I'll just add thick solid transaprent acryllic pieces underneath. So far it works and looks good.
  5. In the making of the suction relief doors... actually they are done, I made them with hinges and magnets as well, and here is a clip of the closing/opening: This is how the door looks like from inside: And the required holes are traced on to the trunks, ready to be drilled and fine tuned for a perfect fit to the fuselage:
  6. The cockpit with its basic colors, and some PE upgrades. Before: And after:
  7. it already looks a little bit too too realistic. πŸ™‚ Awesome, man; outstanding!
  8. πŸ™‚ Thx buddy. Btw this is a rather recent style of mine - for about 4 now - my first "tramsformable" model was the F-35B in 1/48 ( this is a facebook album in an "open" config: https://www.facebook.com/milan.mitev.7/media_set?set=a.1007288912640750&type=3) ... considering that I'm "in the hobby" from some 15-20 years perhaps. πŸ™‚ Whilst for the GBUs - oh yeah, the bigger ones πŸ™‚
  9. Canopy and frame - merged. πŸ™‚ Finally. Those are a bit darker photos but the seamlines are important, except for the front edge (which will be covered by the zig-zag rams). The "soiled" spots along the edges are from the glue, which is visible through the canopy. It went just beautifully. Only 1 of the smallest magnets keep the entire canopy closed, which makes it quite easy and smooth for opening. Check it out....
  10. The modifications of the canopy side frames: I had to put the canoppy up a little bit, in order to "align the facets". So the tiny gaps along the sides had to be filled. The first two pics show the gaps, and the next two - the tiny plastic edges that were added: And that's the frame, painted, detailed, weathered... ready for gluing:
  11. Secondly, the zig-zag pattern along the front edge is... πŸ™‚ out of scale... quite thick! And they had some random indentations from the cutting of the sprue I guess. So the best way was to replace the zig-zag pattern with PE pieces. I had enough leftover PE to cut the required pieces and I tried to sand and make em as close as possible to the original pattern, in three pieces. See how thick was the original zig-zag RAM: and those are the three PE pieces still not installed: But first - I have to glue the caopy to the frame and then to "change" the zig zag pattern. Up: shortly. πŸ™‚
  12. The original canopy frame was quite thin... so I added 1mm plastic sheet under the front edge and the angular frames + detailing and the hidraulics for the movement. The first pic is the original frame, and then - after the thickening:
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