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Michael Taylor

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  1. Built this one about 5 years ago.... Blast update and Meng and Tamiya equipment
  2. Easy build except for the wing fit that I noted above. I use Future and yellowish water color
  3. ICAP-2 late Aires cockpit and a mashup of decals from Flying Leathernecks and a couple of others
  4. Thanks again everyone you've been kind. No one noticed though.........the support wire from one horizontal stabilizer to the other was not glued and when I placed the plane for photos I moved it forward I've since placed it and tacked it down but it always seems to happen that I don't notice things when I'm photographing....
  5. Thanks Gents. If you have been staring at one in your stash let me just say that while the instructions look intimidating the build is not if you have the patients for the rigging
  6. Not perfect but I haven't built the perfect one yet. Just happy to have i finished after staring at the box for years....
  7. Sometimes it's just a question of economics. I can use these on my Albatros as well Or I could just build in 1/72 and say to heck with turnbuckles...
  8. Yes John, GasPatch turnbuckles. 80 million of them ....
  9. Been at it a week but today was a grueling first day of rigging...
  10. The gerrycans were 1/6 pieces. There were quite a few included from the customer including .50 cal and belt, ammo rounds and canisters along with various packs/stowage.. The racks were made with plexi bases and sale sign straps. Foe the wire stowage racks I sourced a couple of wire "in boxes" from an office supply outlet and cut the pieces to size. On the interior the driver's seat and instrument panel were resin as were the round seats in the back, I had only to fabricate the seat mounts from wire. The panel on the rear bulkhead was fabricated from plastic sheet (for sale signs) but I see I didn't get a good photo of that. Here you can see the ammo racks complete. The gun shields, storage rack under the pulpit and rifle racks were also made from sheet. The wheels for the gun are toy car steering wheels modified a bit... Then I painted and weathered as if it were a normal sized kit and cut masks for the stars. Added the customer supplied accessories and viola...
  11. Now it was time to hea to the hardware store for some for-sale sighs-a cheap source of sheet plastic. I used them for the spare track racks, storage boxes, ammo racks, various tool retainers/vents and rear interior bulkhead. For tie downs I sourced doll house window handles...perfect
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