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EmperorKai last won the day on July 12 2015

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  1. Hey there Maru- It's still sitting next to the work bench along with the Skyray. Have been quite busy with work and life in general, so haven't had much of a chance to build for quite awhile. One of the projects I've been picking at is a general re-organization of the man-cave, but once that is squared away, there should be plenty of motivation to get back to some bench time. Thanks for checking in on this Kai
  2. GLAAR! First- Awesome name! Second- Awesome post! I appreciate the input and it has given me a bit to consider in regards to the single piece windscreen. It's been a while since I've had a chance to sit down at the bench much less get back to this one, so this is still sitting off to the side patiently waiting... Hope things slow down enough to get back to some modeling soon Thanks again and for looking in on my build! Kai
  3. A few others in 1/32: Doyusha K5Y2 Willow (Type 93 Akatombo) Revell PA-18-150 Piper Super Cub Floatplane HPH Supermarine Walrus Kai
  4. In the middle of a build of a Fisher kit myself (F4D) and have the other kits as well. The instructions do require extra attention, and there are some tricky spots. In regards to the instrument panel, I understand the skepticism, however they actually turn out pretty decent with the photocopied dials. Kai
  5. Thanks guys! Thanks for keeping me going. As usual, I've been plugging away at it a little at a time and have some updated pics. Have more to show actually, but I'll start with these for now. To backtrack just a bit, the intakes are tricky to mask along the interior edge, and are much easier if done BEFORE gluing them into place. Paul's instructions point this out and it is good advice. A pic before the forward fuselage is joined to give an idea of the join lines. A last look at the compressor face. Once the intakes are in place, only a small part of this will be visible. Here, the intakes are dry-fitted in place and not quite lined up yet. It is also possible to see here where the underside of the upper clam shell was ground down with a Dremel to make the joining step go trouble free. The intakes and fuselage finally in place with CA. The intakes went in first, and were aligned with the fuselage and wing. Then they were cleaned up and the seam lines filled. Then the fuselage went in last- everything went according to plan without any issues. The join line on the spine had a considerable gap, which was filled with plastic and CA. The joins between the forward fuselage, clamsell and inakes all come together here. All the previous prep work has paid off nicely and very little is left to do here. Stepping back a bit to see how it all comes together. Once the seams were all cleaned up, lost panel lines were re-scribed and missing panel lines were added. There is also a dimple that was added on the underside, seen here on the right side of the pic. Lots of additional panel lines were added on the underside, mainly along the center sections. The aft fuselage section features prominent rivets, especially around the unpainted section, which were added. Will have more shortly- thanks for looking! Kai
  6. Hi WROBO- I ended up mounting the coaming UNDER the kit dash area instead of even with (or on top). The instructions are confusing and at first I did it the same way you have it. After discovering it would be too tall, I had to fill in the areas I had cut with sheet plastic and then mounted the Verlinden piece as seen here in this pic. Note that my build (link to it is in my signature) is a 2 seat A-10B with the F-15 HUD. I would estimate the height of the HUD assemblies are the same either way though. Hope this helps! Kai
  7. Waroff- I just had a chance to catch up on this thread. You have done a beautiful job! If it is not too late, I would love to have the opportunity to have and build this kit- can you please add me to your list? Kai
  8. Hey WROBO- Following along with your build- looks great! Just a friendly heads up- You might want to check the fit of your dash though with the windscreen in place. When you do your check, be sure to accommodate for the HUD glass as it will stick up higher. I used the same dash on mine and found that it sits pretty high and can interfere with the windscreen, especially if you use the Squadron replacement. Looking forward to more! Kai
  9. Tough kit, but you've done a beautiful job! Lover the Flipper scheme Kai
  10. hmm. "Paleface"? Did find the following: 440621 SMITH, THOMAS O P-40N 43-22863 SHWANGLIU, CHINA http://www.accident-report.com/world/asia/china.html 440621 P-40N 43-22863 60FS 33FG 14 LAC 3 Smith, Thomas O CHI Shwangliu landing accident 3 http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Jun1944O.htm 21 Jun 44 43-22863 Curtiss P-40N-20-CU Warhawk Smith, Thomas O 60FS 33FG 14AF Damaged landing, Shwangliu, China http://raf-112-squadron.org/33rdfghonor_roll.html Also found this while searching- in regards to "Lulu Belle", thought it was interesting. Looks like a blue border to me, but hard to tell
  11. Outstanding guys- I didn't know about the asynchronous gun pack installation. And the added info regarding the 75mm gun makes sense. Perhaps the silver handle serves in part to satisfy demilitarization requirements? Regardless, it doesn't look like it originally belongs there. Kai
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