None of the canopy 'touched' the fuselage. It was on a track that
tapered outward from the front as the canopy opened.
The track did not "taper". The canopy rolled on three rails, two rails on top of each cockpit sill and one central rack at the back. The cockpit sills tapered but the rails did not. All tracks were aligned and parallel when viewed from above. You can see that the two rails on the cockpit sills are parallel even though the fuselage tapers, that is why you see that " tapering wedge" of cockpit sill between the rail and the fuselage skin.
It would be close to impossible to get a kit canopy to "sit right" out of the box in scale 1/32 and absolutely impossible to do so in smaller scales. On the real thing, the "skin" at the bottom of the canopy was about 5 mm wide, so it overlapped the fuselage easily. In scale, the canopy has to have a minimum thickness of 0.7 mm to cast properly (but it is often thicker, depending on shape), and that means 22.4 mm when scaled to scale 1:1. For that reason, the canopy cannot drop over the fuselage skin, the material gets in the way - you will need to sand away some of the canopy interior. By the way, you can get that "draped/dropped canopy look" very easily if you use a vacuum-formed canopy, which has a thinner material. In any case, on the Revell kit a "chunk" of material was removed (you can see it in some of the parts photos already posted) from the inside of the canopy bottom, BUT that will allow the canopy to drop over the fuselage ONLY when the canopy is fully open all the way to the end of the rear rail - you can see that Brett did not place the canopy all the way back, but rather his canopy is only about 3/4 of the way open.
Having said that, you may still need to sand the inside of the bottom of the canopy frame to get the best fit - as I said, you can only go so thin for the plastic to flow into the mould.
So... breathe in count to five, breathe out count to five, the canopy is "salvageable."
Later edit: here is a photo posted on IPMS Deutschland. Note the "wedge" cut at the bottom of the canopy.
Edited by Radub, 24 October 2017 - 08:49 AM.