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  1. Outstanding! How about a photo in the dark with the lighting chip powering the aircraft lights? Cheers, Bill
  2. Nice stuff - thanks Mike. The China Lake Hornet is intriguing as well as that Sabreliner. But I'm having a hard time considering the "digital camo uniform" paint job as a vintage scheme. ***** OK, some more on the intakes. First, the resin bits - on the right you can see the extra chunk of resin that is cast onto the outside of the intake trunk nearest the lip. On the left, after I've sanded all that off. And it needs to be removed, or this will never fit. You've got to be really careful here, as the wall thickness near the lip on the outboard side will get exceed
  3. Looks like you're off to a good start. Welcome back to the fine art of styrene butchery (in my case anyway, I've been hacking away at some Hasegawa hubris with a grinder). I think you've made the right choice of seat, especially since you've volunteered to show us how that HGW textile harness goes together. Besides, how can those parts be too small? This is 1:48 scale mate. Cheers, Bill
  4. Thanks Cookie. I've been thinking about lowering the flaps, but that looks to be another one of those "non-fun" jobs. I've seen some aftermarket resin wings with lowered flaps but only for the Academy kit. Haven't heard anything about the size of the fins, but that should be easy to check. I've some drawings around here somewhere...I'll get back to you. Some of the Canadian schemes are striking - which one will you use? Me shy? Never! You will see whatever I end up with for the intakes. I made the first one fit, but it involves - get ready - a lot of
  5. Surely there is some drinking involved between the sessions? Cheers, Bill
  6. I haven't heard that before. To check this, I brought these pictures up on my monitor at 200%... ...and held the Hasegawa vertical fin in front of me in such a way that it was the same size (to my eye) as the pic on the monitor, and superimposed over it. The curve on the bottom looks like a pretty good match. Perfect? No, the lowest part of the Hasegawa curve is a wee bit too far forward. Nothing I would be worried about. I held the plastic part at approximately the same "canted" angle as on the real aircraft when making the comparison, as that affects h
  7. Thanks! I really like the scheme too. Plus, I won't have to do all that crazy weathering you see on modern USN jets. Personally, I think they should switch back to Light Gull Gray over White, but then I'm not the one getting shot at. Probably why it's called a "bug." Take a look at how it retracts - yikes! https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2018/11/f-18a-main-landing-gear.html Don't say I didn't warn you about the resin! It takes a lot of work to make it fit - and I'm not 100% sure I've got it right. There
  8. Wow, that was a blindside. I'll take one (or three). If MikroMir would like to have a run through the Anigrand catalogue, I hope they go for the XF8U-3 next! Cheers, Bill
  9. Thanks Robert. I agree on the gear strut cross-section, it should be round. And to my eye a bit more beefy than what Hasegawa provide. The aftermarket legs for this kit, from Scale Aircraft Conversions, are literally nothing more than white metal casts of the kit parts, at least the ones I've purchased. I didn't bother with them. I'm told the Academy F/A-18C is a much better kit but to be honest I've never seen one. I had these two Hasegawa kits in my stash already - this one was a Secret Santa gift a few years back, and the Blue Angel version goes back to whenever it first came out. Late 80s?
  10. Not my best grinding and sanding, but I think you get the idea how much styrene needed to be removed (compare with the side panel from the port side which hasn't been hacked at yet). Nobody will see this, so it doesn't have to look pretty - it just needs to make enough room for the resin. The resin gear bay also needed quite a bit of thinning (on its sides) and shaping (on the edges that contact the bottom of the fuselage) in order to achieve some modicum of fit. And believe me, the fit is not perfect. I used my normal criteria for modifying the resin - how does it lo
  11. Brilliant modelling. Bloody brilliant. BTW - I hate rivets, but yours have that alluring quality. I may be converted. Into what I don't know, but converted nonetheless. Cheers, Bill
  12. Let's see, where was I? Oh yeah, sacrificing much of my remaining time on earth by working to make the Aires main gear bays fit. Here are some quick photos - first, I used some card stock to reinstate the roof I so unceremoniously shaved off of the nose gear bay. Now I feel so much better. That was easy, and even though it was a tight fit between the nose gear bay and the cockpit, everything still fits OK as can be seen here: Next, hack and slash with the styrene butcher. After several units of time, I won't disclose which ones, I have
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