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  1. Did you guys know that the cooling fan turned at a higher rate than the prop?
  2. There is always the possibility of the crack being the result of conflict and requiring a field repair. After all, if you are going to get a new canopy you have no reason not to experiment with what a shell or ack-ack fragment might have done to the one you have.Plexiglas (Lucite, Perspex?) repair on a big plane, assuming a repair did not challenge airworthiness would be to drill small hole at end of crack so it wouldn't get longer. We had a repair like this on one of the planes I flew 30 years ago. I can't remember which one or where the crack was, but inspector said it was ok until next annual inspection when we would have to replace that panel.
  3. With bated breath hoping for more postings from the guys doing the piston engine planes.
  4. I suppose this is a bit off topic, but it would be nice to see more pics of the paint booth, which looks quite clever. Not to mention your marvelous work on the 110.
  5. You seem pretty positive. How can you be so sure? This never seemed a problem to me, although I would concede that the things I flew didn't have panels quite as exposed as this one, but the 109s have similar exposure and no shields.
  6. Hi Max, Your work is exquisite. That certainly is a slick way to solder very small components. I can use it for some of the things I've found near impossible in the past. I wondered about the purpose of the two flaps atop the panel which don't white meet at the gunsight mount. Might they be light shields to prevent lights from the panel from being visible outside the plane?
  7. Is that what it appears to be? A cup with a drain line to make sure that whatever would otherwise leak on the tire (tyre?) will go somewhere else. Germans are so creative with no problem unsolved and then usually with clever designs. I wonder how many other things d in like this can be found in this plane.
  8. Hi Dukie, You may find that there is a "white balance" setting on your camera. You might want to experiment with it to see if you can reduce the purple tint in your model photos. I downloaded one of your photos and was able to fix this with software I have for "fixing" photos. I don't know if there is a way lon this site to send you a copy of what I did, but if there is, I'll be happy to. that's a terrific build. best, john
  9. Maybe none of you is old enough to remember the 1/48 ME-109 sold be Aurora in the early '50s. It was molded in red polystyrene and had a clear plastic stand in lieu of landing gear. The swastika was in a white circle, and later references to the kit suggested that it was a V14, which apparently was painted red. You'd have to be REALLY ambitious to make a plausible plane from that kit.
  10. Mark, I wanted to thank you for the detail you have provided during this build. I did some work at Eglin Air Force base in the Florida Panhandle in 1996 +/- and I remember looking over an unpainted Mig-21 that was stored outside at the time. If my memory is accurate, it looked EXACTLY like what you have done. There was some variation in the finish of the various alloy panels, some grainier, some smoother, and I thought the workmanship of the entire fuselage was not very good, parts didn't fit well, seams were not even, panels were bent a little - maybe from clumsy maintenance. These thoughts may not be fair to whoever built that plane, maybe the Chinese? because a lot of the problems I saw could have been because the plane I was looking at had been assembled from other airframes. In any case, I can't see how your model could in any way be improved to match what I think I've remembered. Very nice indeed. John
  11. There was a vac kit for Spirit of Saint Louis at maybe 1/16 when i was a kid (1957-8). It worked out pretty well for me at least - and being the plane it was, presented no difficulties with the canopy. I wonder if there were any other Vac's that long ago.
  12. Ripaman, I hope you won't mind me addressing my very first comment at this wonderful place to you. First, your work is absolutely astonishing. You were so very close to having the entire parts list for that nose gear that I wondered where were the seals. I suppose there is such a thing as proportion, but my question would be, can you possibly match what you've done with that nose gear with the rest of the (visible) project? I'm thinking not only tires, but engines and certainly the office. Are 1/32 A/N gauges available? Very nice going. Your work is indeed an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing the process with us. john
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