the next challenge wasn't expected
before painting i need to close the canopy.
but it seems the zacto's canopy wasn't meant to be closed, it's too long and conflicts with the glareshield.
first scary moment, but that one is usual, was to separate the canopy from the support. My usual procedure for that is to use tape to mark where i need to cut and
using a brand new blade, i make mutliple light passes until the blade go through. patience and slow motion required.
the problem gets worse when the black box glareshield is positionned. I tried the kit's part as well, it's slighly better but not perfect.
placing the vacformed canopy illustrates how big the step actually is without pressure,
to try to make the fit better, I modified the windscreen structure by shortening it a bit and lowering it to leave enough thickness for the vacu formed part.
I also modified the Black box glareshield to allow the front windscreen structure to be lowered into it (sorry for the blurry picture)
The joint between the nose and the vac canopy is now better and the canopy should be flush with the nose.
I still have the side issue to solve where the glareshield push too far outward the windscreen structure. That probably lower the top of the windscreen, creating that step between the tilting canopy and forward windscreen.
I'll need to adjust the glareshied accordingly so it doesn't touch the windscreen structure.
I also thing that i'll lower the pilot just a bit more for more clearance. because if the helmet touches the canopy, that's also a reason why the forward windscreen won't be flush.
I guess it's not a problem that arise when zacto's part are used for an opened canopy as in most cases.
I may have screwed up somewhere too and i'm really concerned having to bond that canopy strongly. Usually dealing with vacu formed canopy, the more natural rest, the better. If you have to pressure glue them, it's not good.
More to come, thanks for looking