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srp71

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Great detail in the wheel well Shes going to look amazing.
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Great detail Enrico. Thanks for sharing your technique.
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The detail in the resin is a huge improvement over the kit parts, great job getting them to fit so nicely too Enrico !

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that is great work and I definitely agree that it is worth the effort on that wheel well area. Beautiful!!
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Yeah those resin wheel wells look fantastic compared with the kit part.
 
I worked on the other wheel well. In the process of sanding the plastic got very thin in one area. I used a bit of Evergreen styrene strip to thicken it.
 
 
Then I removed the fairings behind the wheel wells. First I cut most of it away with a side cutter and then I masked around it to protect the surface. Then I sanded this area until it was smooth and flush.
 
 
By now I have removed quite some plastic from the kit as you can see here [biggrin]
 
 

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Then i removed the braces of the inboard pylons. First I marked the outside of the braces. The purpose of this is, that the marking is sanded away when the braces are sanded away and flush. So I could immediately see when I have to stop the sanding process. First I sanded the forward braces then the aft one. For this sanding I used a coarse skinny stick and I sanded only with light pressure. After all four braces where gone I used various sanding sticks until the surface was smooth. I repeated this at the other pylon position. Then I removed the two small fairings under the intakes and the two lumps on the top of the wings in the same way. 
 

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Next task is to fit the wheel wells in. First i put one wheel well in and then i put the top of the wing on. As you can see the gap this creates is big, nearly three millimeter. 
 
 
So I started to sand the top of the wheel well. I sanded it, I think in english you say, "to an inch of its life", as you can see here:
 
 
But that was not enough. So I sanded the plastic on the upper and lower half of the wing too until the fit was acceptable. I also sanded the side of the resin wheel wells. Now the fit of the forward part of the wing is really good. Only at the back it needs a bit of force to make a good fit. I used blue tack to hold the wheel well i place and then I used Tamiya tape to hold the lower and upper wing together. When I sanded the sides of the resin part I sanded through the part at one place. Luckily the resulting hole is very small. 
 
 
My next task is the other wheel well...

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Finished sanding of the second main wheel well. Like on the other side fit is quite good now. 
 

 
Next is the forward wheel well and the cockpit. As always I first marked the area that need to be removed. Then I used the big Tamiya saw to cut the first block of. then I used a razor saw and the small Tamiya saw to cut out the rest. The cut is not very clean but I will tidy up this when I fit in the cockpit. 











Now on to the cockpit...

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Nice saws.  [smile] 

I like how this is proceeding. Everything seems on target and this GB is amazing. You have my attention Enrico.  [smile]
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You are certainly giving yourself plenty of work on this one. Looks like you removed enough styrene to build another kit! Thanks for all of the detail.

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skill and bravery and patience! what a great combination when this kind of modification is needed. I am learning a lot by watching your WIP here. thank you for detailing all of that!!
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I have done a bit of progress in the last week. I finished cutting of the resin block from the cockpit tub. I did this the same way as with the forward wheel well.
 
The dry fit looks good so far.
 
Then I have removed the parts around the cockpit that need to be removed, to fit the resin tub. The bit of detail that is on the inside of the fuselage I have also sanded away. To remove the shroud I used the Trumpeter scribing tool. I carefully scribed along the edge until I could take out the part. Then I sanded the edge. 
 
Around the forward shroud I have only removed the original shroud as such. When the tub is ready to be fitted I will do the necessary corrections. Here is a dry fit without the side panels.

Then I did the corrections for the new tailhook. Main part here was the cutout for the little part that holds the tailhook. I used a metal file to sand the small hole that is needed to fit the part. Unfortunately the cutout is a bit to large and I will have to do a bit of filling when all is installed. 
 
So all of the bigger cutting is done now, I hope.

Today I then started to build the cockpit. First I glued on the throttle in the forward cockpit, that break of in the bag. A joystick in the aft cockpit is also lost but I couldnĀ“t find it. Luckily Aires provides some spare parts. The spare part I will glue on later. I also glued on the lower part of the aft instrument panel. Sorry I forgot to make pictures of that. Then I sprayed the cockpit with Tamiya XF-54. 




Next will be painting the details in the cockpit.

Btw from this post on all the pictures are stored in a higher resolution in my photobucket account.

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Thank you guys for all the kind words. I know that I have put a lot on my plate and I hope the six months will be enough for me to finish this. Sometimes I am really a slow builder [rolleyes] and I still have some plans to do corrections on the fuselage and the wings[biggrin]  But I will do my best and I hope you all will stay on board with me.
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Reply with quote  #29 
Great progress Enrico, nice work on all the resin, and a great tutorial on removing the casting blocks and getting things to fit ! I'm on board for the long haul mate, no worries !

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all the details of what you are doing is really inspiring. nice pictues too. that cockpit is so loaded with detail that even with just the base paint on it is super impressive. I will be here to watch all the way also.thanks for the time you are spending to show us your work. it means a lot.
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