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  1. Nice! Love any Corsair. Perfect photos also. Dennis
  2. Got a pretty good start on the cockpit since my last post. The seat was a bit of trouble as it was all guesswork regarding size. Made a few adjustments as I went along and then finally did most of the rear (rails?) over again after I tripped over the following photograph: The seat might be a little oversized but as most of it will be buried inside the fuselage I'm not too concerned. Might even treat myself to a fret of cockpit brass (zoom?) on this one and save myself bags of time. I've got one or two kits that I'd really like to get started on and in the near distance I see the big eight 0 bearing down on me like a runaway train. Must hurry while I can still manipulate a scalpel and see what I'm do Cheers, and thanks for looking, Dennis
  3. Hello, Really enjoying this project. I've had a little luck using this razor saw scribing on plastic. Straight lines, of course, and it works well after removing the blade from the handle. Finding one might be a problem (on eBay). Cheers, Dennis
  4. Thanks for that, Glynn, really appreciate it. DRAT! Not sure how that happened, Tony. Filled the original scoop in so I could move it over a couple of mm to fit the relocated panel. Not paying attention I suppose. Anyway, thanks. Easy to fix. Dennis
  5. Scribing: Not re-scribing as there wasn't any on this kit to begin with (as many of you already know). I used an Xacto blade with about half a mil of the tip snapped off, a stout sewing needle in a pin vice and one of those small razor saw blades. For reference I used the Haynes Owner's Manual on the F-86 and diagrams from the Warbird Tech book on the F-86 dayfighters. There are a lot of access and inspection panels on this airplane and at first I went at it too quickly but screwed things up in a few places (easily repairable with Mr Surfacer, however) so had to slow it down a little. There is just no quick way to do it without making a mess out of it, at least for me anyhow. The panel lines are whitish because I just left the sanding dust in place. I have another Monogram F-86 that I hope to get to one of these days so the panel templates will come in handy then. Cheers and thanks for looking Dennis
  6. Photo does clear up things a bit. I've looked at photos of wells and brakes that were red, yellow, green, etc. All on restored Sabres of course. Thanks, Tony. Dennis
  7. Managed a little more work today on the "all-flying" stabilizer. TL: Scraping out a grove with a hand held burr. TR: Lining the hinge cut-outs. BL: Just need a little scribing. BL: Something like this. Cheers, Dennis
  8. Hi Uncle, trust you are well. Top right in this photo, which I thought I had included, should give you an idea of how it was done. I just cut out the kit slots from the inside, angled the opening with a scalpel and file and cemented the styrene inserts in the slots. The coffee stirrer pieces are just to keep the alignment true. Only photo I have in the "bucket" right now but I can take another and post it if you want. The U-2 is on hold until the weather improves enough for painting. Another photo, Uncle Thanks, Chris. Not sure about the finish of the slats. From all the photos I've looked at am pretty sure they were just left natural metal. Cheers Dennis
  9. Way hay! " From the Cold" and back on page one (well, temporarily anyway). Thanks for that, Rob. Cheers, Dennis
  10. This is my simple photo setup. Darker blue cloth is a small table in front of a window. Smaller blue square is on top of a biscuit tin for small subjects. Removing the biscuit tin and square allows me to shoot larger subjects but I haven't had to do much of that so far. The white square bounces light from the window back on to the subject. Very useful for darker subjects or on cloudy days to fill in shadows. Top image is without the bounce, bottom with. Camera is an old Samsung that has a feature that lets me shoot double images, like this, or quadruple ones. Unavailable now so I take pretty good care of mine. Cheers, Dennis
  11. Wheel wells: Okay, finished scribing the wings. Pleased with the results although I need to repair one or two errant panel lines. I'm leaving the sanding dust in the grooves until time to paint. Next up were the wheel wells. Hemmed and hawed over it for a few days while working on the scribing. Finally decide to go ahead with it as I know I'd regret not doing it later. Just need to add a few bits of piping after painting. Which, I assume, should be in a chromate of some shade. Advice? Working now on the "all flying" stabilizers and rudder. Just want a little bit of offset to add some interest. Thanks for your interest. Dennis
  12. oIn BM, assuming you don't have unlimited time, and can't look at everything, how do you choose what to look at or follow? Would it be a particular aircraft model or manufacturer, a favourite BM member's work, an era, a catchy title or all of the above? As for myself, I am currently interested in Korean War aircraft but I can't help straying into other eras depending on the aircraft, or builder. Just curious. Cheers, Dennis
  13. I've remodelled the wings leading edges a bit. I wasn't happy with the setback of the kit edges and a couple of the slots were off so I vacuum formed new ones. Also added a little width to the wingspan which was short a few scale inches. Double checked everything this time before assembly. Also started in on the scribing.. After struggling with the U2 scribing, which was assembled, I tried doing the top half of the right wing. Much easier and, using a rack for holding the wings and one for the fuselage, I'll scribe everything before assembly. I felt I might be able to improve on the kit canopy so have been experimenting with vacuum forming over clay moulds. Haven't quite got it right as the first mould, TL, wasn't the right shape. The second mould was much better but I had a little problem with webbing. I think I've got the webbing problem sorted now so I'll be having another try pretty soon. Both fuselage shapes look pretty good when placed over the enlarged plans that I'm using. Top is the Monogram, bottom the Academy. The Monogram wing follows the plan outline well enough, if a little short in span. I like that the flaps can be dropped. The Academy wing seems a little off in sweep. I thought it was the Monogram wing that had a sweep problem. I've another Monogram F-86 and I think I'd like to try the "H" conversion when through with this one. Going a little Sabre crazy. Cheers, Dennis
  14. Emm, missed that one but, uh, no regrets.
  15. Thank you, Tony, and thanks for the link. Somehow missed that one in all my browsing. Cheers, Dennis