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  1. Side facing console is done. If I remember correctly the electronics are probably 2 generations newer than what we had.. however, it's just barely visible eye candy when it's viewed through the crew door so I doubt anyone would notice anyways.
  2. Having everything one color sure changes the look of the model.. primary color I used was Iso thinned XF-53. Might have to add the bathtub to the model just to break up the grey.. after all, 95% of the time we had one installed anyways.
  3. Now that the fuselage framework construction is for the most part completed, it's time to start playing around with the furniture. So, I started with the rear cabin seat since it'll be the most prominent detail looking through the sliding side door. The kit provided unit left much to be desired because it looked like it was rigid concrete park bench. So, I pulled out the trusty Dremel with a round bur tip and went to town removing material to simulate sagging cloth draped over a steel frame. Then, I cut off the backrest because on the real A/C it's not one p
  4. Today managed to install a couple longerons providing a little strength to the fuselage stations. Plus you can see I installed one of the black boxes for on the LH rear parcel shelf. I think the RH shelf is going to stay empty because you won't be able to see anything on it once the model is closed up.
  5. Small update for today. I managed to get the all the rest of the stations installed, along with framing in the sliding side door frame, and a couple black-box shelves just aft of the door frame. Can you tell electrical wasn't my forte? haha Essentially I'm trying to concentrate on items I've had to look at on checks, bumped my head on while moving around the A/C, cursed at because it was in the way, or bruised my knuckles on. That being said, I'm pleased that the fuselage halves still close up, and all the stations appear to be in approximately the right spot
  6. You're welcome. Glad to help out another BC resident. If you can get everything to align and still access the areas to glue without locking the rotating assemblies up; it could work. I ended up having to do a similar thing to place two "travel stops" inside the model to stop the rotating assemblies from sliding forward or aft. I did that underneath the exhaust cone, and forward of the front frame (just before installing the power take-off shaft to the gearbox). I can see this model has your gears turning. Truth be told, I approached this model the same way
  7. Sorry for limited updates so far; as there's not much to report. I'd say this is proving to be more tedious than I had originally imagined. I've found out that polystyrene REALLY doesn't like "hot glue", or more specifically Tamiya extra thin cement. It much prefers slower (cooler) glues with I guess less solvents in them, like Modelmasters black. Anyways, I got all of the stations cutout. Then started glueing them into place. Unfortunately you have to wait until each station dries/cures completely before moving on to the next station as there's not much stre
  8. Essentially to run a 1 piece driveshaft, you're going to need to build it from the back-end of the engine systematically moving forward in small sections. I'm not going to lie, it was a huge PITA trying to figure out what could be glued together or assembled off the model, and what needed to be glued on the model. A LOT of time spent dry fitting items together to see if an assembly could be built before installing it on the engine. Not to mention but you need to drill out any and all sections that coincide with the specific size of the driveshaft you chose. Anything that rotates with the d
  9. Initial course measurements of the LH fuselage were taken with a depth micrometer at as close to regular intervals as I could along the planned station path. You'd think this would net accurate results immediately; unfortunately, it doesn't due the diameter of the probe tip used and the complex curved interior shape of the fuselage. After I inputted those readings into Adobe Illustrator I had a very wrought shape of the fuselage interior with a large amount of error. After I mirrored the part; then proceeded to smooth out the path using curves. After a few rounds (six to be exac
  10. Not much actual "building" today, just a lot of computer work trying to design the rear cabin fuselage stations.. The good and bad thing about this aircraft is what you see on the exterior (rivet lines), is what you have to reverse engineer on the interior if you want it to look correct. After all, there's no insulation covering anything back there. Hopefully once I get the stations installed there'll be enough material that I can wrap some thin styrene to seal up the gaping hole that leads into the doghouse (transmission area). Right now I'm just waiting for the PVA glue to set
  11. First build thread, so why not detail what I'm doing with an older 1/72 Fujimi H-18 Flying Tigers Sea King to convert it to the 443 (MH) Sqn. 60th Anniversary CH-124 (12407). Here's the stash that I've been accumulating for quite some time. My plans for the build; Try to recreate a full interior mostly from memory (obviously within reason, it is 1/72 after all). Sliding rear cargo door. Open side crew door. Modify the airframe to Canadian spec (circa 2004). Custom printed decals. Fold the MRH. Maybe fold the pylon
  12. Even goes further than just the double stand-off engines.. just look at the top view of the main wing profile.. or the shape of the two vert. stabs.. or the shape of the elevators.. or the fuselage profile (top or side).. and the list goes on-an-on.. No surprise the captured aircraft blew up, I doubt PJ engines were famous for their reliability. I believe engineers always considered that engine as a one-and-done kinda platform (think buzz bombs). It's almost like the designers had to hit pause on the project until power-plant technology was advanced. After a suitable
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