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TedUSA

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the office and your exec. [pilot] looking great! congrats
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Last night I got to work on joining the nose section and the upper and lower fuselage.  All Canadian CF-18's have a search light installed on the side of the nose but often when not at war these lights were covered.  The plane I'm building had the light covered so instead of cutting the hole and installing the light just to then paint over it, I decided to scribe the covered light into the panel.

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Here are the extra styrene strips I added for alignment.
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And here is the fuselage all joined.
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Again very nice progress. The Swiss F/A-18 also have the searchlight on the side (without covering) but I can't imagine how this could be useful?
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nice work! moving along well!
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So, in my excitement to start this build and get things going I glued the bottoms of the wings on before drilling the holes for the under wing fuel tank mounts.  I decided not the guess at the hole locations and possibly drill them incorrectly and instead came up with the idea of using rare earth magnets.  After consulting my brother, who uses these magnets in his war gaming figures, I decided to give it a go.  I drilled a few holes and glued the magnets in place and all looks good.  With the under-mounts in place you can't see the magnets and once painted they shouldn't be too noticeable without the fuel tanks installed.  Problem solved, hopefully..
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Great idea!

I was thinking of using magnets within the wheels and under a frame base so the aircraft would stick to the backdrop when hung from a wall, then I thought better of it as knowing my luck it would fall off and maim a small child!

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The magnets are actually very strong depending on the size.  The ones in the pic are 3mm by 1.5mm and are perfect for the under wing mounts.  I also purchased larger magnets, 12.5mm by 3mm which I glued one inside the bottom of the fuselage and the other half will be installed in the stand I plan to build for the in-flight position.  When you bring the larger magnets close together, they snap with a lot of force and if you happen to catch a finger it hurts.  If the stand magnets work, it should provide a seamless connection, I'm not a fan of holes in the bottom of my plane.  
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Sounds interesting!
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Very interesting idea. I've seen the magnets used on all kinds of models---holding turrets on tanks, cowling on planes, etc. last time I forgot to drill holes for pylons, I held the wings over a strong shop light and marked the locations for the holes. Magnets are an interesting alternative. My LHS has a large selection. Would be nice if you wanted to change ordinance loads?
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Great start ( cockpit and pilot look awesome ) really nice choice of scheme too.

Looking forward to seeing this come together

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Hi Guys,

  Not much of an update from me today, as I haven't had much time to work on the plane lately.  Over the weekend I was able to get the engine intakes and the nose glued in place without much trouble and I also got the flaps ready to be installed.  

  The rest of my weekend was spent helping my 7 year old get some decals on his latest build.
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  Not bad for a kit he got for free at a local model show.

  As for the magnets, I found them very easy to work with and even the smallest ones provide more than enough strength to hold parts on.  If you're thinking of buying some, try online or find a local manufacturer if possible.  I bought mine locally from a manufacturer and paid $0.12 (Canadian) each for the small ones.  online they cost $5 for about 200 magnets but shipping takes awhile.  

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Great that you're sharing the workbench with the youngster :-). He's doing a great job!
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Here is how she sits after some work last night.  All flaps are installed and the wings look like, well, wings.  everything went together nicely.  It's starting to look like a hornet.

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Other then what you see, I started cleaning up the gear bay doors and the under wing fuel tanks, which will require some sanding and filling to fix the seam.  Other then that, shouldn't be too long before the primer goes on.

Thanks for looking,

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Great progress! It is a plane! Good to work with child on the workbench. Future pro scale modeler!
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Last night I was able to get the gear doors all closed up and started fixing the fuel tanks by adding filler to the seams.

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Not much of an update but I should have lots of bench time starting next week to really move along with this build.

Thanks for looking,

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