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  1. Not sure if this will be any use to you but I thought I'd throw it in just on the off chance it would be. I've experimented with vacuum forming a canopy for my Sabre project and believe I'm pretty close to getting an acceptable example. I use clay, shaped, baked and polished for my moulds. The first one had the wrong shape but I think I got it right on the second one. The webbing occurred because I had the temperature too high and got too much of a droop. After using the wrong kind of clear plastic, I tried plain white styrene. Much easier to discern the final shape and cheaper than PETG to practice with. Also try raising the plinth a little, rather than, as Hendie says, drilling the holes, until you are satisfied with the result. .Nifty little rig you've got there. For dental work? Looking and learning. Dennis
  2. Kind words. Thank you, Don Cheers, Dennis
  3. Thanks guys, really appreciate it. Cheers, Dennis
  4. Photobucket driving me to distraction so I'm getting these pics on quite time. I'll add the commentary on in a few minutes. Okay, switched from my old PlayBook back to the laptop. Just couldn't get PhotoBucket to quit with that blue circle business and get on with the pointy finger thingy. No doubt they do it on purpose to get us to go premium. Anyway, decided I needed to make another set for the Sabre as I felt the first one was a little too big, and tall. Canopy couldn't open or close. First example, kit seat and second build. Fits nicely in rebuilt cockpit with Monogram's ubiquitous pilot figure "Old Slim" in place. Took a break from the Sabre after all the re-scribing and the seat re-building to mess around with the Revell/Monogram F4U-4 "toy like" kit. New semi bucket seat, armour plating, instrument panel, and so on. This is it for now as I want to get back to the Sabre. Still quite a bit to do on it. Cheers Dennis
  5. Perfect, and you've really got the photography down pat. Dennis
  6. Nice! Love any Corsair. Perfect photos also. Dennis
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Way hay! " From the Cold" and back on page one (well, temporarily anyway). Thanks for that, Rob. Cheers, Dennis
  15. 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