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Thanks, Ted, yes the seatbelts are p.e.  I do have a plan to one day make my own seatbelts, but today is not that day!  Good tip on the oxygen cylinders, I'll bear that in mind for next time.
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All of the work looks really good, the seatbelts caught my eye. I also agree with making a lot of pictures of something that is going to be closed up from now on. Can you imagine a future archeologist examining your project? Trying to understand why all the work that cannot be directly viewed!
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A future archaeologist.  Now there's something I never considered!  They'd probably think we were all members of some weird cult that practised the art of shrinking ourselves somehow! 
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Years ago I spent a fair amount of time creating multimedia art. You know, whatever I found in the basement or the yard or wherever. Then I put it all together and made some of the strangest ‘art’ ever. A century from now an archeologist is scratching their head..........hmmm
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All of the work looks really good, the seatbelts caught my eye. I also agree with making a lot of pictures of something that is going to be closed up from now on. Can you imagine a future archeologist examining your project? Trying to understand why all the work that cannot be directly viewed!


You mean when the aliens took over our small planet and do some research about the primitive inhabitants 😂

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Congratulations on closing up the fuselage! Great progress and amazing improvements of the kit. It’s funny how familiar the Rita looks in design compared with the B-17.
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Kit my canopy windows on the Liberator have sliding glass either side, i'm going to remove the clear plastic to give clear view of interior. Your building wheels down, so these windows would be open for ground crew to communicate with cockpit crew?

Just an idea if practical for you build, shame for all your scratch building to be lost from sight

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Congratulations on closing up the fuselage! Great progress and amazing improvements of the kit. It’s funny how familiar the Rita looks in design compared with the B-17.


Thanks.  Funny, I've been thinking the same thing since I started this build.

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Kit my canopy windows on the Liberator have sliding glass either side, i'm going to remove the clear plastic to give clear view of interior. Your building wheels down, so these windows would be open for ground crew to communicate with cockpit crew?

Just an idea if practical for you build, shame for all your scratch building to be lost from sight


Thanks, I'll give that some thought.

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Some really nice work going on.
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Thanks, Alba!
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Despite my best efforts, I still ended up with a minor step between the two sides of the fuselage.  It took some considerable sanding and filling just to get it to this stage.

 
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I need to spray a mist coat of black to see where I need further work, but that would risk overspray in the cockpit area.  So, to avoid that, I need to attach the canopy and front gunner’s cover.  Unfortunately, a near half-century of tumbling around in the box has taken its toll on the transparencies.  Scratched and milky, some remedial work will be needed.

 
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Starting with a Flory polishing stick, I took my time cleaning up the worst.  Then I worked my way through the Tamiya range of polishing compounds, from course to finish.  Finally, I dipped them in AK Gauzy.  Word of advice when using Gauzy, leave the clear part attached to a small section of runner, and use the runner to hold the clear part while dipping.  On previous uses I held the canopy by a part of the frame, and ended up with an unsightly and very obvious blemish where the Gauzy couldn’t reach.

There, that’s altogether much more betterer! 

 
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So far this has been a very enjoyable build.  This, however, is anything but.  Masking up the canopy is a total, mind-crushing mare.  The frames are not raised, just very faint lines.  Using cut down slivers of masking tape, I’m having to twist and turn the thing, trying to catch the light at the right angle, then when I try to apply the tape the frame disappears again.

 
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Many times, I have had to walk away and take deep, calming breaths.  Like now!



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Indeed you have fuel for nightmares or a breakdown or both? If you have a seam to check but don’t want to spray, use a wide tip black marker. Run it along the seam, it’s dries instantly and you can check your work. IPA removes it if needed.
I drop my canopies in “pledge”, leave a few minutes, then tweezer them out and place on a clean paper towel—bottom of the canopy down—, cover with something to keep dust off, let them dry. Done. If you grab them by the edge of the bottom of the frame or a back corner, no blemishes. Anyway, when you put them on the towel, your coating is drawn down by surface tension release and any “spot” you make gets covered. That area is going to have a “frame” over it anyway
Good luck with the battle!!!

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Thanks, Ted, I think it was Bobby who suggested using the AK Gauzy on one of his vids.  First couple of times I used it I ended up with either a run, a bubble or a dust blob.  this time I was way more careful, and I'm really pleased with the result.
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Wow, that progress looks great! 
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