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Another review build commences. Hasegawa's venerable 767-300 is still an impressive model.

The first thing to do with the 767 is to fill in those ugly windows. Once again I used my Milliput snake trick. The left fuselage half is filled while the right side waits
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Push the putty through the windows so it sticks out and completely fills each aperture
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Trim each window flush with the fuselage and then run a dampened fingertip down the window line to smooth everything off. This will help to reduce the amount of sanding which will be necessary, an important task for a kit which has raised panel lines. Once the windows have been filled, fuselage assembly goes quickly
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As do the wings. Test fitting reveals that the fit is a trifle too sloppy to allow for the wings and fuselage to be painted separately.
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My model will sit overnight to allow the putty and glue to cure.

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Now I turn to the engines. My task is to hide the seams and make the hollow inside of the engines resemble an actual intake duct. Here's what the kit gives you
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I'm using sheet plastic to create an intake duct. First glue the engine together, and slide in a rolled sheet of paper
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Mark where the paper overlaps. This will become the pattern for the plastic duct.
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Cut some thin sheet plastic to size and roll it around a knife handle to induce it to curl. Tape it in place
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And dip it into freshly boiled water to set the curl
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Glue small tabs cut from the sheet to the bottom of the curl. These will help to hold it in a tube because the gluing surface of the edges is very small. The tabs will be hidden inside the engine cowling
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Roll the plastic into a tube and glue securely
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In the event, the tubes shown in these pictures were just a sliver undersized so I had to repeat the process. This time I made them wider so they'd stick out the front of the cowling. The excess will be trimmed off and sanded flush once the glue has dried
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And now the glue has dried, the excess plastic has been trimmed, sanded and tidied up. Now in place of the empty shell, my engines have intake ducts.
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That gives "some modelling skills required" a whole new definition.

Very clever idea there.

Cheers,

Mike

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