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M.Brindos

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Dang those air bubbles! I see that your canopy is going to be better for your mistake. So nice when that happens lol.
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Mike,
Bubbles....tiny bubbles. they diffuse light and confuse the eye! dang. But if the canopy is more to scale, then it will be worth the effort of doing it the "right" way.

BTW--here is a scan of the decals I received in the post today. The package included a very comprehensive paint and decal/stencil placement guide. There are even stencils for the drop tank and missile rack.



till next time, UNIT 7 over and out!

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Incredible work Ted.

As always a great step by step report.
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Incredible work Ted. As always a great step by step report.


Thanks Nigel-- always reporting the good, the bad, and the downright ugly! By posting my poor decisions, I hope to help someone else avoid the same mistakes?

Today at UNIT 7
was [YAWN] comprised of sanding and sanding......and sanding.
Removed the poor landing lenses result, then proceeded to tone down the out of scale rivets and raised panel lines. I have no plans to re-scribe. 1976 kit and I scratchbuilt a cockpit, ordered drop tanks and decals---that is quite enough. Seems like I am drawn to "mission impossible" kits and then try to pull a silk purse out of a sows ear? LOL.Well, anyway, here are a few pictures:







I sanded mostly with a fine "SKINNY Sanding stick" and re-applied some Vallego Putty in a few places. I will finish the sanding with Micro Mesh sanding pads.



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Ted this is coming along very nicely.  Looks like the sanding is going to keep busy but even at this early stage its all coming together perfectly.  Keep up the excellent work mate. 
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Ted this is coming along very nicely.  Looks like the sanding is going to keep busy but even at this early stage its all coming together perfectly.  Keep up the excellent work mate. 


Ian, thanks for the kind comment. The sanding process is sooooo boring but at least your mind relaxes as you focus on tiny areas?

more sanding today on the fuselage AND the CANOPY using Micro Mesh sanding pads. to "spice" things up a bit I poured the CA glue into a new "form" for the landing light. I also PLEDGED some parts that kept getting scuffed each time I touched them! Success with the canopy will be evaluated tomorrow after the PLEDGE coat I put on has dried thoroughly. fingers crossed.















the Glue Looper worked great to transfer the CA glue into my "form". Here is a link to the glue looper website.
http://www.creativedynamicllc.com/the-glue-looper.html



oops, SCRATCHES in Flat black. focus ted focus.


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Looking good Ted.  I like the "looper" what I use is sewing needle with half of the eye cut off so it looks like a two pronged fork and the sharp end screwed into a modelling knife leaving about an inch sticking out with the fork at the end.  The gap between the prongs is just wide enough to to hold a small amount of CA glue using surface tension.    
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Looking good Ted.  I like the "looper" what I use is sewing needle with half of the eye cut off so it looks like a two pronged fork and the sharp end screwed into a modelling knife leaving about an inch sticking out with the fork at the end.  The gap between the prongs is just wide enough to to hold a small amount of CA glue using surface tension.    


I have seen that in person at the local scale model club meeting and here on Genessis. GREAT idea, saves some $$$. I bought the glue looper kit and I am still using #1 looper after many months of use. I especially used it on the Sturmtiger Tank build--It had a LOT of photo etch.

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Meanwhile, at UNIT 7 today, I spent the better part of three hours re-doing the canopy framing and "window" masking. tiny bits of tape and masking fluid cover the windows. I will remove the temporary tape "framing" tomorrow and see what I've gotten for all the tedious work. The RE-DO on the landing light CA glue lens was a flop! looked GREAT yesterday while I was at the UNIT. sometime last night the CA glue developed a "sink hole"--its worse than the first attempt! imagine that. The jury is still out but I have one more solution if the CA re-do does not work X 2.



the strange picture is me using a small LED flashlight to shine through the CA glue and expose the "sink hole". hard to photograph otherwise. transmitted light helps several hobby situations. One in particular is when you close up a wing and forget to drill holes for stores/weapon load.















that's all from UNIT 7 today!



One final note I almost forgot: I rolled some painters tape and stuck it to a revolving disc [like a lazy susan?], then stuck the canopy to that.that gave me all the steady traction I needed, and I could turn the canopy around and around since I taped it in the exact center of the disc. really helped do the job much easier.

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Ted I know what you mean about the canopy but keep going it will be worth it and any way don't forget armour has all those bloody wheels.  I was just thinking have you ever tried canopy masking with foil?  I have just got some so I might give it a go.
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Ted I know what you mean about the canopy but keep going it will be worth it and any way don't forget armour has all those bloody wheels.  I was just thinking have you ever tried canopy masking with foil?  I have just got some so I might give it a go.


I've not tried the foil but I do have a roll of "parafilm" that I have never used. I know a big time pro builder that only uses the parafilm. I would like to see the foil used! I NEED lots of practice and in addition, quit "strong handing" everything. I am so used to working with big tools and materials, I go at the modeling skills like a bull! Better to do it on a FREE 1976 kit than a very expensive recently molded high $$$ model? I really appreciate your encouragement. It really helps!

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Today at UNIT 7:

checked the canopy of course. Well, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 2X I have made the "frames" way too large. so out of scale. I had to address that today. I also lost out on the landing light lens again. contemplating one of 2 alternate choices to deal with that detail.











 I have 3 options with the landing light lens detail:

1. leave it as it is. smooth, shiny surface, blurry inside.
2. remove the CA glue again and make a lens cover from very thin acetate.
3. Paint over the whole thing and forget about it! LOL

I will probably try #2. maybe I can post a diagram later?

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Awesome to see you back at the bench Ted ! And as ever you are giving us a great build diary mate.
Lots of work going into this one buddy, Im sorry to see the landing light giving you headaches, can you find a solid peice of clear plastic to glue in and sand to shape ?
Maybe a lego block ? I remeber seeing a modeller use tooth brush hadleys that were moulded in transparent red and blue to make landing lights.

Loving UNIT 7 too,i t sounds ver official (Area 51, groom lake) I hope you are wearing the foil head attire at all times lol !

Also it reminds of a british movie called Storage 24, you might need to google it, but don't watch it while you are in UNIT 7, you will know what I mean once you have googled it.

Again it's made my day to see you back in full swing

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Awesome to see you back at the bench Ted ! And as ever you are giving us a great build diary mate. Lots of work going into this one buddy, Im sorry to see the landing light giving you headaches, can you find a solid peice of clear plastic to glue in and sand to shape ? Maybe a lego block ? I remeber seeing a modeller use tooth brush hadleys that were moulded in transparent red and blue to make landing lights. Loving UNIT 7 too,i t sounds ver official (Area 51, groom lake) I hope you are wearing the foil head attire at all times lol ! Also it reminds of a british movie called Storage 24, you might need to google it, but don't watch it while you are in UNIT 7, you will know what I mean once you have googled it. Again it's made my day to see you back in full swing Pete


Thanks Pete.I need to update my foil hat--I think I lost the other one in the move? I am inside thick steel room. Hope that works against the guvmnt AND aliens too! GREAT idea about using a polished chunk of clear plastic---let me check the scrap box for that possibility!

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At UNIT 7 today:

followed Pete's advice and found a great piece of clear plastic to make a the landing light lens out of [ I keep a whole separate container of clear plastics]. the pictures with text imbedded tell the story of the new lens and the canopy so far.











If the canopy frame/glass turns out even borderline OK, I will be happy, considering how many times I have wrecked the process.

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