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Thanks pete and neil. Lot of detail going on, and so tiny to work with. Few times last night where I wish I had one of those desk lamps with a magnifying glass or something. It does seem a shame to close the canopy with all this detail, but I'm not quite confident enough with it to leave it open quite yet. This is my first time working with PE so I'm using it as practice. Should still be able to see quite a bit of the detail even with the canopy closed though. I did pick up an interior PE set for the p-47 that I'm planning on starting after I finish this. Might go with an open canopy with that one.

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Oh yes, I like a good busy cockpit.

You've got to be pleased with that end result Kenny.

I would be proud to have that in my Phantom.

I find that after doing something as intricate as that to get the largest paintbrush I own and slap paint on a spare piece of canvas. Great therapy.
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Thanks nigel. I'm really starting to like this nice busy cockpit. It's a lot of work to get to this point and I still have some more work to do before it's finished. But I'm happy with how it's looking. Definitely much better than the cockpit in the a-10 I just did. Though that was trying to salvage it as much as I could and trying to clean globs of glue up that had been there for years and years. It's really nice to go from that old revel kit with it's excessive flash on everything, and dark green styrene that was more likely to crack than cut(even with a new blade) to this nice new kit. Frustration from the tiny PE is small in the long run in comparison to the overall frustration from that kit. Once I get passed the cockpit things should move along much better, and frustration levels should go down since I'll be working with larger pieces that I dont almost need a magnifying glass to see.

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Great looking cockpit detail. well done with the build so far. 
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Thanks simon. I'm starting to be really happy with how the cockpit is turning out. Did almost lose another tiny piece of PE though. Got the cockpit all glued together, including the PE that I had left to put together. Managed to scratch the paint off the PE that I had painted gray in a couple of places, so I'll have to touch those up once I give the glue some time to dry. Still need to do the seats even though the directions say to move on to another part next. Also probably should do some weathering, but with how pretty it looks it's hard to work up the nerve to put a wash on it. Well some pictures. All of them are at the same stage, just different angles since it's difficult to get a picture with all the different pieces of PE in it.



Sorry that they are a little blurry in some places. New phone has a very sensitive focus, and kept wanting to focus on one console while blurring out the other one. Once I get working on some bigger pieces it wont be as bad. It just doesn't like these extreme closeups. The shiny spots you can probably just make out around edges are some of the areas that the paint got rubbed/scratched away as I was handling them. Think I got too excited about putting on paint, that I didn't clean them quite as well as I should have, and skipping primer on them most likely didn't help any either. Well I got home and sat right down to get to work so it's close to 7:20pm and I haven't eaten anything yet. Going to eat, and then look over the directions to decide what I want to start on next. Most likely the ejector seats, but I might work on the ordinance. Help myself out by moving to something that's still not much fun to work on, but at least is larger than the tiny details I've been working on in the cockpit.

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Well got a little more done. Started on the ordinance. Didn't get as much done as I would have liked. Got 2 sidewinders done, and 2 more almost ready to be assembled. Started to get tired, so I decided to call it a night. I'll see if I can get home early enough for me to get the rest of the ordinance and the drop tanks assembled tomorrow.

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looking beautiful! tiny indeed, but when you and others look at it they will scratch their heads and wonder "how" you did it. all you have to do is stand by and grin.
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It does look really nice Kenny, it's easy to forget how small everything is because there is so much detail in the pit ! If you want to add some weathering but don't want to risk a wash, you could brush on a little pastel dust and if you don't like the look a wet paint brush will remove it. Great progress

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good work Kenny, you are overtaking me fast, at least it gives me someone to follow now and see how you do things, the seats look more daunting than the PE

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Thanks pete and col. I might just go with some pastel dust. The washes I have I wouldn't feel comfortable putting them down without a clearcoat to protect the paint and PE so pastel dust would save some time, and should still give a good effect. Will pass by a "hobby store" on the way home from work today, so I'll see if I can pick some up. I have to agree with you on the seats looking daunting. All that tiny PE on the resin seats. Also no choice but to use all the PE since none of the details they are replacing are on the resin seats. Was looking at the directions for them, and then looked at the ordinance, and figured I'd work on some nice easy missiles first [smile].

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Well had a long day at work, so I'm not going to get anything done tonight. Did manage to pick up some pastels from the hobby store on the way home, so I'll be able to give those a try. Hopefully I can get home at a reasonable time tomorrow, so I can get some more bench time.

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Was able to get a little time in today. Probably could have done more but putting fins on missiles is so boring. However got all the missiles assembled and cleaned up, and 2 of the drop tanks. Thinking I'm going to go with 3 drop tanks, because I don't feel like making 12 bombs. Even though it would look cool with all those bombs. I don't think I can bring myself to make that many.

Missiles are all cleaned, but the drop tanks were just glued, and I have a few gaps where I cut a little too deep cleaning off the sprue. Should just take a tiny bit of filler, and a little sanding to take care of. Now just to ponder which loadout I really want to use. Torn between the top 2. One on the right just makes me cringe thinking of making all 12 bombs....

Guess I'll sleep on it and decide tomorrow when I get back to work on it. Knowing me I still wont make up my mind and put together all 12 bombs and the 3rd drop tank, so I can have them ready for when I finally make up my mind later.

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bombs, tanks, missiles, oh my! putting on fins? I agree that its boring as can be. you will be glad you went ahead and assembled them all either way. you will have them ready to use on another project in the future if you don't load them on the Phantom?
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I had exactly the same thoughts when I was building mine Kenny ! Building ordinance is no fun lol ! And all those bombs have seams to take care of too, a couple is not too bad but 12 is a real pain, nice progress though mate ! You are getting there fast now

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Thanks ted and pete. It was nice to finally get some more work in on it after a few long days at work kept me away. Think I've decided to go with the drop tank. 12 bombs just seems like a lot of extra work. Too bad this kit doesn't come with the gunpod that went in place of the center drop tank. That would look even cooler than the 6 extra bombs.

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