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  1. Hi Ned. Glad you liked my IAR 80. Unfortunately, the information regarding the project for the inline IAR80 is very scarce. As far as I know, no factory documentation on these inline-engine IAR80 prototypes had survived. There is only one picture proving that at least one of these prototypes had indeed existed and of course the statements/reflections of some people directly involved in these projects. So the answer to your question is yes, in the Vanator book you can find a very small chapter dedicated to the IAR 80 with inline engine. There are also few provisional drawings for one of these prototypes, which for sure you could use as a guide for your work. The Vanator book is very rich in info on the IAR80-81 (I think it is, by far the best source of information on the IAR80 that you could find now), but the information about the inline-engine project is quite limited, simply because this is all that is available on this subject, for the moment. Good luck with your build and I'll be delighted to watch it, if you decide to share it. Regards,
  2. Thank you, Thom. I also started the work on the wings. The gear bays deserve to be better detailed and the Eduard PE set is a good starting point. The fit of the PE bits is pretty good, but test-fit and small adjustments are needed, before committing to glue. I had to modify the hydraulic pushrods which were used for the gear doors, since it would not be possible to install them after the PE bits are glued in place. So they had to go now, before installing PE. I cut the piston rods (they were protruding out of the gear bay and most probably would be damaged) and will replace them later on with some metal tube or rod or something like this. Test-fitting at this stage is indicating very good fit of the wing halves, despite all the PE inside the gear bays. I also test-fitted the gun ports and gun barrels...again, excellent fit. Also Tamiya did a very good job with the spacers inside the wing, designed for proper installation and alignment of the gun barrels/blast tubes. This is the first kit I'm assembling which does not need any intervention, scratch-building or any addition in this area, in order to obtain good bun barrel alignment! Thanks for looking and cheers!
  3. More detailing work on the engine. I added some wiring on the magnetos area, some piping bellow the engine and also the propeller pitch changing mechanism. I also represented the circular framing around the first row of cylinders, since it was visible inside the cowl. Much of these details will be hidden under the cowl, but anyway... Regards,
  4. Thank you, Guys. Not much time for this build lately, I only managed to work a little bit in the engine area. Main engine parts after painting: And engine assembled plus Eduard PE ignition wiring installed: That should be all for the engine but most probably I will add some more details. For the engine cowl flaps I'm using the Loon models resin replacement for early D series Thunderbolts. The Loon Models replacement is ok, but lacks any detail on the inside, so I improved it a little bit: Not much of this detail will be seen, once all the pieces installed on the fuselage, but I will know that it's there:) This is how it looks under some paint: Thanks for looking and cheers,
  5. The flaps are like small little kits by themselves. Two separate halves for each flaps (like the fuselage sides), with 3 linkage bars between them. There are separate pieces if you wand to pose the flaps down or up...I installed the long ones, since mine will be with flaps deployed. I also have installed some PE bits from the Eduard and that's it. The wings are not yet assembled, I used them only for a quick dry fit to check the flaps. What a great kit, really.
  6. I attached to the fuselage the horizontal stabilizers, the windshield, the lateral rearview mirrors and also the forward fuselage bulkhead. To my surprise I had some fit issues with the windshield. I had to modify it a little bit in order to obtain a flush joint line with the fuselage. However excepting this windshield issue, the general fit of the kit is as close as possible to perfection, until now.
  7. I will modify a little bit the empennage, by separating the elevators from the horizontal stabilizers...
  8. Ok so I installed the gun sight in its place, on top of the IP. Also the spare ring-type gun sight (PE) was installed, together with some additional supporting lateral bars for the main gun sight. The fit of the main gun sight was not good, I had to do some modifications in order to fix it on the top of the IP. But this could be because of me, not the kit, since the back of the IP (where the gun sight should be glued in place) is not the original piece, but a replica scratched by me from plastic. Also the gun sight seems to me as a little bit too big in size...although this is a resin gun sight, not the original plastic one, which was even bigger! Anyway, this is how it looks now: Thanks for looking guys and cheers to all!
  9. Fuselage closed. Incredible fit. I mean the fit is so good that the filler is almost not needed.
  10. Thank you Guys! In the meantime I worked a little bit on the gun sight. I decided to use the original gun sight mount, which was ok, but molded in one piece with the gun sight itself, which is not so ok. The original plastic gun sight it is too grossly represented and since this item is so visible in the cockpit of the Thunderbolt, I decided to go for a resin replacement. So I just cut the plastic gun sight from its mount and adapted the mount for the Quickboost gun sight set, made out of resin + PE+ acetate. I used the Quickboost 48580 set. It is fiddly, but so much better that the original gun sight. Then I just added some wire at the bottom of the gun sight and that's it - this one it is almost ready to be installed in the cockpit. Thanks for looking and stay safe!
  11. I have installed a PE frame to the armored glass and masked/painted it and glued it to the windshield. On the left-hand side of the windshield, at the early D’s there was a small triangular window which could be opened from inside. Since I’m making a D5, I had to do it also. Tamiya had thought of this and provided a decal representing this small window, which should be installed on the left side of the windshield. My first attempt was to install this decal on the interior of the windshield, as per instructions. The result was horrible, because the “transparent” part of the decal was translucent at best, in sharp contrast with the rest of the windscreen. So I changed the approach, placed the decal back on its supporting paper (while it was still wet and controllable), waited some time do get dry again. Then I cut the decal in 3 small pieces with a new blade, eliminating the translucent middle of the decal, leaving only the 3 separated black frames of the window. Then I placed again the 3 “frames” of the small window on the interior of the windshield, adjusting them carefully into position. At this time, the small pieces of the decal were showing signs of disintegration, but somehow I managed to avoid this.
  12. All the interior stuff is installed and I'm ready now to close the fuselage. Very god fit for the plastic parts, only some minor problems with the fit of the big PE ducts for the intercooler outlets.
  13. Cockpit closed. In order to install the rudder cables, I had to deviate a little bit from the assembly instructions. First I glued together the cockpit floor with the lateral walls and and IP. After this, I installed the rudder cables. And then, the rest of the cockpit...stick, seat and back armor plate. So, this is how it looks now. Thanks for looking and regards.
  14. Ok time to reactivate this too-long forgotten project of mine. P47 D5 Spirit of Atlantic City, flown by Bid Mahurin. I just finished the main parts of the cockpit. As explained in the previous posts, most of the cockpit parts were painted YZC, excepting the rear armor plate, which is Interior Green. I also used two PE sets from Eduard…P47 placards and the big PE set for P47D Razorback. Some wires were added here and there and throttle linkages also….they were pretty bulky and visible. Another addition to the cockpit floor was to install some kind of small rollers which were used for the control cables running from the rudder pedals from the back of the fuselage. They are yellower than the rest of the floor, because I have used another type of YZC on these. That’s it for now. I’m glad I have returned to the Thunderbolt project. Quite a big guy…I’m looking at this plane and I don’t believe my eyes how big was this fella )…
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