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uilleann

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  1. It's a little hard to tell as I'm only able to see the images on my phone screen at present, but the unsanded vs sanded is very subtle. At first glance, I actually felt the unsanded looked slightly more the part. But of course, everything changes with the advantage of seeing things in person. Manfred, I dont doubt your abilities to discern which is best in the end for a moment!
  2. I think it's hard to tell to my eye anyway, without the final color applied. It will of course, effect the perception of the surface texture, and could enhance or suppress the flour effect. Can you try a color coat on your sacrificial intertank by chance? It may help the final decision...
  3. That's right! I hope you're surviving all the recent moving and shaking ok!! I've lived in the valley for 23 years, and in UT since '84 - about 14 months after Manfred's historical build subject blasted into orbit. I'm down the way in Lehi now. Cheers neighbor. B~
  4. Manfred, impeccable, stunning, and absolutely amazing work! Do you have any plan to spray a thin primer coat perhaps, to help seal the tape down permanently, before you do the flour treatment? Just idle curiosity really. I spent yesterday on a short road trip north of my place about an hour, and visited the "Rocket Garden" at Orbital ATK / Northrop Grumman - formerly Morton Thiokol back when STS-6 was sitting on the pad. Their full size SRB never fails to impress in size and power. Just a few miles further up the road is Promontory Summit, where, in 1869 (100 years before Neil and Buzz would walk on the moon) the first transcontinental railroad was completed across the United States. At the time, it was an achievement probably looked on with the same level of significance, and awe, as the space program has been (and continues to be). Always enjoy seeing your updates, and look forward to your next achievements in what is possibly the most epic build I've ever been lucky enough to follow! Cheers Brian~
  5. I used to do a "Living in Space" live science demonstration to kids at the local planetarium here. Our grand finale was to take a title like that, and hit it with a huge (and impressively loud) propane torch flame about two feet long - all while holding the tile in our bare hand. The front surface would glow almost white hot in a mater of seconds, but the back never changed. You just had to be sure your aim with the torch was good. Otherwise, some singed fingertips from flames escaping around the sides were likely!
  6. Hello Serkan, Sadly not yet. WOW but I just looked at the timeline again...5 years now? I really must get on with this and be done! Just moved again last month, and am in the process of trying to get myself all settled and such. With any luck I may be able to begin again in the not terribly distant future. If you have this kit, I have a bunch of insight I can provide. Anything in particular that I didn't already cover in this ancient and rambling thread? Thanks Gents Brian~
  7. Hoping so Gents...hoping so. The Devil lies in the details of any kit, and I know that this particular aircraft seems ungainly to many on the best of days, and downright - almost offensively - ugly to most on every day. But I find it to be quite a marvel of engineering, geometry, and aerodynamics. The fact that it ever flew was incredible enough. Add to it what it was capable of, and the further designs it lead to (including the B-2, F-22, F-35 in the US alone), along with numerous other designs from other countries as well. Quite an ingenious thing the '117 was. And still almost entirely drawn up on paper.
  8. Progress continues - at a pace that would make a lethargic snail blush - but it continues nevertheless! Recent work on the Nighthawk has been almost exclusively virtual as opposed to practical of late. But with a touch of luck, and more than a little homework, I believe I've cracked something of an enigma concerning the RCS screens in front of the engines. Photographs always show the screens to look completely black - no light seems to pass through the screens to illuminate the engine faces, or indeed even the bright yellow coverall of ground crew standing immediately behind the screens (in the opening of the aux. blow in doors during a FOD inspection. This had perplexed me mightily for years, as I tried to work out precisely how, you could move enough air to keep the engines from stalling, but block any visible light getting through. Recently, I rediscovered an old illustration I'd come across years ago, but never paid close attention to at the time. It describes a principle of radar energy reflection and absorption utilizing wedge shapes deftly staggered and placed immediately ahead of the engine face roughly as follows: Utilizing that concept, and after a few long hours trying to re-learn SketchUp, I set about build something of a conceptual model of something similar. The result was surprising as anything. I was able to create a grid, that appeared on the face to look like a standard rectangular grid. But due to the numerous strange angles involved (geometry was *never* a strong suit of mine!), I was able to recreate a grid structure that was very open to airflow, but extremely difficult to see through directly. Subtle changes to the pitch and spacing of the horizontal wedges made a substantial difference in visibility - or the lack thereof - through the screen. In the end, I settled on a general design that I am quite pleased with: Now the big question is, can I get my sizing, angles, and final dimensions sorted out with enough accuracy to be viable in 1/32, and can I find a manufacturer with the ability to create the parts with the needed fidelity to truly look the business?! Time will tell of course, though it seems there are more and more high precision, short run capable companies that might just be able to help me pull this off. My hope though, is that this, perhaps with the addition of the photo etch frets I tried sorting out a while back, may just make this kit something particularly eye catching. Brian~
  9. I don't know which leaves me with greater hunger...the insane awesome build progress...or supper?!
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