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  1. The display case...eh (sorry..had to do it!!!)

    Very nice work, gents. Congrats Dave!
  2. Well...it's time for another update on this saga, I suppose. With the number of difficulties I have faced with this build, I had a severe case of "Feck it!" syndrome. Up until a few days ago, I hadn't touched this kit since my last update. To those who have provided encouragement, thanks very much. I have managed to get the windscreen and canopy on - which was no simple feat. There were a few self-induced foul ups and a couple of kit design foul ups. I worked the front windscreen and got it to a point where I liked the fit at the front. Unfortunately, due to fit issues, I pulled out the HUD and tossed it. It was bending out of shape while getting the windscreen part to sit flush on the fuselage. Then, to top it off, while using TETC to glue the windscreen in place, the cement bled onto the IP coaming. The resulting cement on the inside of the windscreen caused MANY swear words to be uttered. Truth be told, I almost threw this thing in the trash. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. So I screwed up? Who gives a flying fig? With this kit, not me anymore! The canopy was glued onto the frame and then onto the model in the closed position. It looks ugly but the ugliness will be covered by paint so I'm not concerned about that. The main gear were a bit of a pain. A nice feature is the separate part for CF-18 main gear legs. They're different from regular F-18's. The assembly sequence is unclear and after dryfitting and studying the diagrams, I went with this sequence: O 1 with H 11 glued in place first and then H 26. If you look at the instructions, you see a small nub on parts H 26 and H 22. To fit onto the CF-18 main gear strut, these little nubs must be cut off and the surface sanded flush to allow the part to fit properly. I then held the gear leg in place in the wheel well and glued H 21 onto the gear leg at the proper angle so the parts would ft properly, instead of bowing, when the glue was dry. As you can see, Kinetic mislabeled part numbers. It will happen again later. I've decided that I'm going to attach some stores to the underside on this build. AIM-9's on stations 1 and 9. GBU-12's on stations 2 and 8. Fuel tanks on stations, 3, 5 and 7. SNIPER XR pod on station 4. Station 6 will be empty. When building the SNIPER pod, the front parts need to be assembled first. The head is designed to swivel. I decide that it will be stationary. As you can see, again, one of the clear plastic parts is mislabeled. Surface detail on the ordnance and pylons is nice. Some clean up still to be done. Another nice feature of this kit is that sway braces can be attached to the ordnance / gas tanks before painting. There are then good sized lugs that will fit into holes in the bottom of the pylon or into the fuselage. Nice idea. It should make for securely attached stores. PE parts nicely recreate vents on the top of the port side fuselage and chaff dispensers underneath. Thanks for looking and as usual, comments and constructive criticism are always welcome. Mike
  3. 1/72 L-19 RCAC

    Nice work with the recovery sir. Nice keepsake.
  4. 1/32 BoB CF-18

    Great looking Hornet, Shawn.
  5. Italeri 1/72 CH-149 Cormorant

    Turned out very nicely, Ray.
  6. Nice progress but it looks like this one's a bit more of a bear, no? Interesting parts breakdown. Sorry to hear of the boo-boo on the engine face. Keep it up, buddy.
  7. Neptune (x2)

    Wow. You ARE a machine. Nice work.
  8. Canada 150th CF-18 in 1/48

    Looks good, Shawn.
  9. Very nice. I like the blind flying hood in the rear seat.
  10. Shelf Queens Pt. II GB

    If it has to be an airplane, I won't play because I have no unfinished airplane projects. If it doesn't have to be an airplane, I'll play. I have a 35th scale Tiger that has been languishing for about 5 years or more.
  11. Dunkirk

    That's exactly how I felt Steve. It was a half decent movie but it was tough to follow in places.
  12. 2017 London Airshow, Sept 23, 24

    ALF and I saw an F-22 perform at the Bagotville Airshow back in June. VERY impressive. This looks like it will be a good show but unfortunately it's the same weekend as the Peace Officer's Memorial Service on Parliament Hill. Sorry folks but my allegiances must be with my fallen brothers and sisters.