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AdamSzendrei

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So here goes this build I have been waiting a while to do.The Avro Arrow will have to wait as I will be building the Hasegawa F-18B kit as the Canadian version. This is my first try at some aftermarket goodies as I ordered a blackbox cockpit and aires electronics bay. This is gonna be a slow build but I will do this one right up! I also have decals from Canuck Models which look great with a ton of options! So far I've spent a few short days working on it and will update below.

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First off I had to drill out the spotlight port and because this wasnt a Canadian version kit I had to fab up a spotlight.For this I used a spare canopy as the donor and some clear sprue with some plasticard inside. Im pretty happy with the outcome as per the reference photos the glass is a little hazy but u can still see a lens

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Next I decided to take the plunge and cut out the electronics bay doors. After starting this take i feel like i may have bit off a bit more then my skill level. After prob 4 hours the fit is ok but as u can see in photo 3 below the photo etch trim around the bay doesn't quite match up so i had to cut it and modify slightly and due to electronics bay made for hobbyboss kit it interferes a little with the wheel well and I'm still yet to see if I will be able to use the blackbox cockpit do to the height of the bay. Heres some shots of the procedure. I scribed the lines most of the way and finished with a blade. I decided before hand that I'm going to use only one side of the kit and save the other side for the single seat cf-18 i will do at a later date

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This is serious business - looking great though :-)
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Well, looks top shelf to me. My first experience with resin showed me that perfection is rare and that is part of the challenge of resin. If you can do the little mods here and there you win twice at the end of the build. you have a great start!
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Thanks guys! I'm excited to do this project and hope to start to tackle the cockpit tomorrow. After seeing the quality of the blackbox cockpit I don't know if I could use a basi kit one again..I purchased a F-18D cockpit so a few modifications are being made to make it like the B
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Looks good Adam so keep at it. As Ted said resin looks great but it ain't a silver bullet. The Avionix cockpit I used on my Intruder was specifically for the Revell kit but still had plenty of gaps and fit issues up the kazoo. Looking forward to following your progress on this great aircraft and kit.

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Well heres my little bit of progress...been out of town for a few weeks but managed to finish up the tub mostly. Also have the electronics bay curing with epoxy right now..Im not super happy with the results but maybe once its painted it will turn out a bit better hopefully. Being made for the Hobbyboss F-18 was obvious with all the fitment issues around the wheel well. As you can see in the last picture as well lots of sanding with the dremel was required to remove material on the resin tub.

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Adam, mate, you're being way to hard on yourself. The seats look fantastic and after being up and close to the real thing (well at least the Aussie version) for the past week, you have nailed the colour of the harnesses. As i'm building the C version I'm looking forward to the rest of your build. Cheers!

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Adam, mate, you're being way to hard on yourself. The seats look fantastic and after being up and close to the real thing (well at least the Aussie version) for the past week, you have nailed the colour of the harnesses. As i'm building the C version I'm looking forward to the rest of your build. Cheers!

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Thanks Sean! Appreciate the feedback [smile]
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Well heres an update Got a fair bit done this week. Hasn't required much filler. Needed some sanding around the intake ducts and the nose section. Also the blackbox cockpit was too short by about and inch behind the rear cockpit so i had to fill that in with some plasticard. The blackbox cockpit also comes with the windscreen shroud which i changed out but it didn't fit great so I needed some plasticard there also. Canopy seam was pretty terrible so that was sanded and polished. I progressively went finer and tried out a drill with my a fine buffer for the wheels of a car and some polish and it turned out pretty well. Drilled some hole in the canopy frame as well to give it more of a scale look. Hoping to get some primer on it soon [smile]

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Well I was able to spend a little more time on the hornet this week. Got quite a bit done. The canadian birds usually have quite faded paint jobs and various shades so i did do some preshading. Went over it with a few light coats afterwards. The top coat turned out a little lighter then I had wanted so u can't see the pattern on the tails all that well but I may correct this still before decals. Also got the avionics bay,wheel wells, false canopy and the nose all done. I applied a coat of future before doing these so I wouldn't have any issues with the tape peeling any paint off. Heres some pics of my current progress [smile]

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Looks fantastic Adam. The electronics bay looks very smart indeed. Very nice detail.

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Got most of the decals down. I used Canuck Models CF-188 FIP markings. By far the best decals I have used yet and they come with markings for basically any aircraft with operational markings. I ordered two sets for when I end up doing a single seat and can't wait! Had some canopy fitment issues I thought I had sorted out so we will see how i sort it out once its dry. Clear tomorrow hopefully and continue working on painting the gear and avionic bay doors along with the pylons and fuel tanks which still need some body work. Heres some updated shots [smile]

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Thanks Sean! Its was a pain to install and the fit is far from perfect but makes it a lot more interesting [smile]


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Very sleek paint job and those decals look like painted on, very nice!
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