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#31 JohnB

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:50 PM

Hi John

The front office and IP  - look fantastic. Looking forward to the cowling photo update after it is attached to the fuselage.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

Thanks Peter!


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:51 PM

Are we there, yet?

Gettin' there.......


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:51 PM

That's looking good.  Always had a soft spot for the P-40.

Thanks Mike.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:52 PM

Looking good, John, but you need to pick an aircraft with the good tailart!

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Yes, I know this is a long-tail, but I believe they had them on some short-tails, too.

That does look good. :)


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:50 PM

Damn is all I can say. The contours don't match very well (mind you, the pieces are just taped together for test fitting). I didn't have this much problem on the "L". I might just have to set this one aside for a bit. It appears I've been jinxed on my last 2 builds! I just don't have the "want to" right now to confront all this. Later on..... SOD for a bit while I ruminate on the best way to "fix" this.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:59 PM

John,

    How about just taking the rest of the day off, even tomorrow, and then coming on back to the build, and see how you feel then. Kind of like the Fly build.

 

  Just a suggestion, but a few times I've had similar issues where I needed to spread one part to fit the width of the matting surface. A piece of sprue or rod glued to each rear corner will spread it to where you need it to be.

 

  As for the top surface, a wedge of strip plastic seems about the only viable option.

 

Joel


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:35 PM

That's a shame looking at the work that you have already put in, that cockpit looks great, step away and think up a plan.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

John,

    How about just taking the rest of the day off, even tomorrow, and then coming on back to the build, and see how you feel then. Kind of like the Fly build.

 

  Just a suggestion, but a few times I've had similar issues where I needed to spread one part to fit the width of the matting surface. A piece of sprue or rod glued to each rear corner will spread it to where you need it to be.

 

  As for the top surface, a wedge of strip plastic seems about the only viable option.

 

Joel

Thanks Joel but I've already put this one away. I just do not want the aggravation.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:33 PM

That's a shame looking at the work that you have already put in, that cockpit looks great, step away and think up a plan.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

Agreed Dennis. My "plan" is to save the cockpit and use it on another build.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:41 PM

John,

  Ok. Looking forward to your new next start.

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:07 PM

Okay guys, here's what I'm going to do. I have a "spare" P-40E kit that I will use to try to get this done. Hopefully, with some changes in removing the "E" cowling, I will be better able to fit the new nose. Fingers and toes crossed. Wish me luck!!


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:16 PM

All i can say is.... "Oy Vey."

 

I think there would have been a lot more reliability, had this conversion been designed in left and right halves, and not just one or two chunks of monolithic resin. i think that's were the huge mismatch is coming from...but Roy Sutherland would know more about this.

 

I feel your frustration, Bro. In the mean while, i will try to find video of a KittyHawk P-39 kit crashing in flames to bring a smile to your face.

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:51 PM

All i can say is.... "Oy Vey."

 

I think there would have been a lot more reliability, had this conversion been designed in left and right halves, and not just one or two chunks of monolithic resin. i think that's were the huge mismatch is coming from...but Roy Sutherland would know more about this.

 

I feel your frustration, Bro. In the mean while, i will try to find video of a KittyHawk P-39 kit crashing in flames to bring a smile to your face.

 

david

I agree David. It's very hard to get the nose piece and the kit front end to fit together properly. Molding the new nose in left/right sides would likely make it easier. It's strange that I didn't have such a big problem on my "L" build (it did take some "adjusting" though). I hope this retry will work out okay.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 06:04 PM

John

   Glad to see that you already bounced back and are working on a F, this time from the E. Not being an expert by any meanss, the F has the same exterior as the E but the Carb intake on the top of the cowl has been removed. So the new nose clip should take care of that issue. Am I close to what you're going to be doing?

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

John

   Glad to see that you already bounced back and are working on a F, this time from the E. Not being an expert by any meanss, the F has the same exterior as the E but the Carb intake on the top of the cowl has been removed. So the new nose clip should take care of that issue. Am I close to what you're going to be doing?

 

Joel

The nose on the F is completely different from the E. That is why a whole new nose has to be used. Just cutting off the E intake would not even come close to making it a F (or L).


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