I decided to start this concept in my spare time as it may take awhile. I could wait forever for someone to inject one An initial look at the lines tells me that the back of the canopy is the reference point and everything moves forward from there. I picked up the Belcher Bits get to transform the F-5E to an A. I also have 3 canopies, 3 front fuselage sections, and 2 complete kits to work from...my version of mistake proofing The big question mark will be whether I can get a canopy formed or not. I dropped a note over in tips and techniques but if anyone knows someone that can help me out with a vacuum formed canaopy let me know.
Here's my 1st test, I wanted to see if there was any way to combine 2 canopies to make it work out. No dice unfortunately. The stock canopy drops too far in the front. Thought I might be able to make one shorter and the other taller by building up the frame but it's just too far off. If nothing else I wanted to try out these new ultrafine saws I got.
I was doing a couple things at once here; finding the marks on top for relocating the coaming (not sure if this is the right term but the cover over the instruments).
I found a great straight on shot of the plane with the canopies raised so I took the ratio of the canopy length to the overall length of the opening and mocked up the two cockpits.
And here's where I left things today. Canopies in place just to see how it looks in profile.
If you've looked into doing something similar let me know your thoughts on the design. Any advice from you guys that scratch build alot let me know how you'd proceed. I'm just working off the 1st set of practice parts so I can do some experimenting here for sure.