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karstenp

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This will be my first time participating in a group build.  I am looking forward to it.  I have had the 1/72 Hobby Craft F2H-3 Banshee kit in my stash for over 25 years and this is an excellent opportunity to build it.  I must be a glutton for punishment in attempting to build this old kit as I am just finishing a build of the 1/72 ESCI/ERTL F8E Crusader and it has been a real brute of a kit with fit and lack of detail issues.  However, I do enjoy the challenge of making these older kits presentable.  Hopefully this build goes a little smoother.....cough... 

The F2H-3 served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) onboard the HMCS Bonaventure from 1957 to 1962.  The Banshee was also the primary aircraft of the short lived RCN Grey Ghosts aerobatic team. The HMCS Bonaventure was a Majestic class aircraft carrier and was the third and last aircraft carrier to serve Canada's Military (Source Wikipedia).

Some details of the kit:

Kit:  Hobby Craft kit # HC1397, 1/72, F2H-3 Banshee
Decals:  The horrible kit decals will be supplemented with pieces from the Belcher Bits decal sheet # BD17, RCN Aircraft.
Aftermarket:  Squadron Vacuum form replacement canopy #9111 McDonnel F2H Banshee;  Pavla Models #S72082 resign Ejection Seat for FJ Fury.


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Again a very nice looking plane I have never heard of :-). Looking forward to see you build this one!
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That plane has really nice lines in the design. You've got the aftermarket ready. Best wishes for a great build and finish!
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Again a very nice looking plane I have never heard of :-). Looking forward to see you build this one!

And again, same here. Sure looks interesting. Good luck with the build!

Wim.

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Perry, I really have to admire anyone that takes on a retro kit...particularly in this scale.

Lovely model...looks great.

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Good luck Perry! I remember the 1/48 Hobby Craft Vampire and how bereft it was of detail. I can only imagine what 1/72 is like. Looking forward to how you bring it to life especially with your AM.

Sean

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 Well I got started on the build.  After washing the parts it was time to look at what I have to work with..... After carefully examining all the various detailed parts, I quickly came to the realization that I had in fact very little to work with.  The resin seat is ok but needs some minor mods.  Fortunately, I have a reference picture of an older version of the Banshee which will be helpful.  Time to use apply some gizmology and cook up something that resembles a cockpit....

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Resin seat cleaned up tonight and modified in accordance with pictures of RCN aircraft.  26 gauge wire was used and a strong glass in the Opti Visor!  

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OMG! that wire work in 1/72. I would have had to have a strong glass---of courage--LOL. I think the Opti-Visor is what I have, but I don't have ANY idea where I bought it. DO you remember where you got yours? do you happen to have a link? If not--no problem.
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Ted, 

I purchased the Optivisor Professional set from Micro Mark during one of their sales.  Link is below.  This is a very high quality set.  Although not cheap, I believe it was money well spent.  The optical quality is amazing and I use mine all the time.

http://www.micromark.com/optivisor-professional-series-set,9334.html



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oh ive missed this one previously ... nice choice Perry.  

Does Canada still operate Carriers ?

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I like the look of those opti goggles, my eyes start swimming when working with small details
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oh ive missed this one previously ... nice choice Perry.  

Does Canada still operate Carriers ?


Not since the early 1960s.  The F2H-3 Banshee served aboard the last Aircraft Carrier to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Bonaventure.

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Getting ready to assemble the cockpit.  Last night after a few drinks I could not make any sense of the instructions and numerous pieces that had to be assembled....

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Then later today I had an epiphany....and all was clear...

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After studying the complex instructions for a few hours, I proceeded with putting together the pieces of the cockpit tub.  I used reference photos and a lot of artistic liberty to put together various bits of styrene and wire to create a cockpit that should look reasonable.  I drilled holes into the instrument panel and sanded it fairly flat.  Then I added some styrene backing.  This gives me some depth to the panel and lets me add some Crystal Clear glue later for dial faces.  Once again the Opti Visor came in handy with this scale!

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"Then later today I had an epiphany....and all was clear..."

lol !! must have been daunting !! [biggrin]

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