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  1. Hi. It's been a very busy work week, so not too much modeling, but I did get the cockpit more.or less done. I'm going with a closed canopy on this model, so I didn't go too crazy with details. And all buttoned up now. Despite my best efforts, there will be a bit of sanding to eliminate steps.
  2. Probably a wise move with the legs. I don't really foresee too many issues painting around them. Especially given the wrap around camo.
  3. Wow. Cool! I hope you can start showing off your work soon.
  4. In addition to the LERX work, I also began building up the rear fuselage. Not much to do here besides adding the side pieces. If you're careful, they fit very nicely. I added a tab of sheet plastic to act as a backstop for the part, and to give it more surface to adhere to. Notice also that I fit the intakes to the side pieces before gluing the assembly to the rest of the fuselage. More to come.
  5. A bit more work on the 1/72 hornet. Here I'm adding spacers to the bottoms of the LERX. These parts leave a bit of a gap around them when fitted. Since they are very springy, any filler in the gap has a good chance of cracking. I put in these little bits of plastic to act as supports in the springiest parts of the piece. Then I glue them in with CA, which also acts as a filler. The next step will be to sand things down, and use a mix of CA and talc in that rear corner to level out the step. I should have been more careful gluing the part in.
  6. for decal instruments, those don't look too bad. At least not from your photo.
  7. Awesome! Thank's for the photos and info, Trojan Thunder. Thank you very much!
  8. Promodeler P-51B? I'm not at all familiar with this kit. Is it an in-house production or somebody else's plastic?
  9. Wow! I'm really impressed with what you've done with the AFV F-5, but I'm doubly impressed how good the 35+ year old Monogram cockpit looks next to the AFV cockpit. The Monogram kit needs a lot of TLC, for sure, but it has fantastic detail for a kit its age.
  10. Oh! thanks for setting me straight. I'll update the original text. Do you know if the Worimi hornet ever carried bombs and missiles? Or was it a paint job for an airshow?
  11. In addition to the big Kinetic hornet, I also started the little Academy kit. This is probably Academy's best kit, and this is the third time I'm building one. I've developed a sequence that helps to minimize the tricky fit of the nine piece fuselage. 1. Glue the left and right halves of the forward fuselage 2. Before the glue has completely set, glue on the two bottom pieces, and push/pull the left and right halves until everything lines up. You may still have some minor stepage, but no gaps and nothing that some light sanding won't fix. Unlike the kinetic kit, this one has deeply incised (but still fine) surface details that won't go away after a few swipes of fine grit sandpaper. 3. Once this has more or less set, you'll use some sprue or styrene rod to make a spreader bar for the back of the forward fuselage. Cut it so it fits in the very front of the lower rear fuselage piece and then insert it into the back of the forward fuselage assembly you completed in step 2. Now the profile of the rear lower and front fuselages will match and you won't have any big steps to fill here. But don't glue the two halves together just yet. Stay tuned for more.
  12. Work continued on the kinetic fuselage. The two nose halves were attached together, a bulkhead that acts as a spreader and the front wall of the gear well was then added and the assembly was then glued to the bottom fuselage. Fit here was okay but some sanding was needed to eliminate a small step. Then I glued on the small bay for the refueling probe and added the bottom of the nose. Kinetic also supplies the C nose bottom and an electronics package that goes with the Spanish version. Again fit is okay but not perfect, and a small step will need to be worked out.
  13. I jumped the gun and started building the Kinetic kit on Sunday. I began with the engine intakes and exhausts. The exhausts are simple. Just a top and bottom half capped on one end with the butt side of the engines. I painted all of it an off-white color, and gave it a heavy dark wash. No photos, as its not very interesting. The intakes each come in two halves. They fit okay, but I did end up adding filler along the inside of the seems. (that was the part I did on Sunday night), and then tried to get things smooth as far as I could see, before applying a thick heavy coat of old white enamel paint. It won't be good enough for a contest judge, but that's not why I build. Once the halves were together, I glued on the intake front bits to the ducts, and then I installed the completed assembly into the lower fuselage. The wheel well was installed first, and its roof acts as a support for the ducts. It all works alright, but a bit of sanding and filling will be needed around the intake outside. Not much, but the very light panel lines will probably suffer as a result.
  14. Do you use a primer? I like how MM Acryl brushes on, but I often have issues with paint lifting up with masking tape.
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