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  1. Craig, Everything you've surmounted over six years and you "question you ability as a modeler" over those lousy inlets! I think that's being a bit hard on yourself! Besides something that like those inlets are bound to have "Murphy Law" written all over them! In 1-32, surprised HK didn't provide inlet inserts. Terry
  2. Craig, Wow ... two minutes pot life! I didn't realize you were working that much "under the gun!" Plus ... it's not like you're casting a small part, is it! I know I wasn't telling you anything new about a vacuum chamber, I was just amazed at how well the simple DIY ones seem to work. Being you're going to "skin" her, dealing with the air bubbles shouldn't be too much work. Still a beautiful casting! Again, really nice work you continually pull off!
  3. Craig, Now that's pretty impressive for you "first off!" Between all your "Craig" fabricated parts, the "aftermarket" manufacturers are going to be knocking at your door! Probably old news to most. The air bubbles ... a DIY vacuum chamber. There's plenty on U-tube. Something like a large cooler and a cheap air compressor inside. Form a silicone gasket on the lid lip for an air tight seal, a hole in the side for the air hose (sealed) to discharge outside the cooler and one for the electric cord (sealed) and some duct tape. Put the resin filled mold box in the cooler, close the lid, seal with duct tape and turn on the comprssor for awhile. A "poor man's" vacuum chamber --- sounds too simply to work, but in the videos, it sure looks like it does! Guess the whole secret to it is getting a really good seal on the cooler, as you're not talking about alot of interior space to pull a vacuum and bring those bubbles out of the resin. Terry
  4. Craig, You outboard nacelles are looking great. A lot of work, but in the end will be worth it. The actual HK parts used for your "C" continues to dwindle don't they? How's it feel to be flying under the "Kiwi" roundel rather then the "Roo" roundel? Talk about a résumé! I have to agree, the P-51D was a good looking aircraft, but my vote for the most aesthetically appealing fighter goes to the CA-27 Avon Sabre ... and I'm not just catering to your Australian roots. The changes that distinguish it from F-86F were just enough to put it in the #1 slot in the Sabre family. Bombers ... well, it'll always be the Fort! Terry
  5. Craig, I don't think many would attempt, let alone pull off your work on the outboard nacelles! Talk about a "recovered fumble" on the exhaust pipes --- I don't feel so bad anymore! Fantastic job of replicating and bashing together the early exhaust! The "standoff" tubing really gives it life. What's the end total ... about 20 individual parts! Overall paintwork on the whole exhaust system came out very realistic. I don't think it looks overdone at all. I'm sure it didn't take long for even a fairly new exhaust system to show signs of heat discoloration and surface oxidation. Terry
  6. Craig, December 22, 2014 "attempt to turn it into something resembling a D." You do realize what an understatement that was on your part! One thing you can never be accused of is being shy about cutting into plastic ... and once you do it's always astonding to watch it all come back together! I don't like seeing you run into problems, but I have to confess, watching you get out of a jam is just as interesting as the "smooth sailing" (have there been any?) parts of your build. You should a contestent on one of those survival shows. As innovative as you are along with your tenacity, you'd be the "last man standing" ... and asking "What's next!" As always, keep up the fantastic work and again thanks for taking the time to share it with us. Terry
  7. Craig, Your crankcases married nicely with the Eduard engines and they have that "right" look inside the "C" cowl. Some great work!. Those crankcases and cowls were a lot of extra work, but you have yourself some pretty authentic reditions of the "C" engine section. Unicorn? I thought that was the corpse of the "cowl/engine gremlin" you put to rest! Terry
  8. Craig, Your "headliner" came out great! The fastener studs really look the part! Everything in the nose back in its place! Sure doen't look like "recovery" work. Must admit though, I do miss the look of "your" original padded insulation and window frames! But as I'm always fond of saying "you're the one doing all the work!" When you close her up, it will be a shame what is not readily still seen. It's there, we'll just have to look hard! Fortunately we have your "in progress" photos! Nice lathe work on the bombardier's seat "barber's chair" pedestal base. It was a pretty bulky item and never quite understood it compared to other seats mountings. Perhaps it offered more "adjustabiity" to suit the individual bombardier as well as being more stable and less prone to vibration when he was using the bombsight? Think it was replace sometime during B-17E production, definately with the F. Most pictures I've seen of 8th Air Force E and F nose interiors, it appears the bombardier's seat was "tossed." Terry
  9. Criag, A whole lot of work, but "#4-Forward" is really coming together nicely. Never doubted you'd pull off the "sliding" window panel --- or anything else for that matter! Now about those "spring loaded" oleo struts ..... Terry
  10. Craig, I can't add anything more to what everyone else has said about where you've brought this to! It's sometning to look at the last two photos and see all that remains of the HK kit are the two Bulkhead #4 through #6 fuselage halves! Terry
  11. Craig, Glad things settled down somewhat for you and have you back! Yeah, I said the I didn't think the difference between your "C" #4 forward and the "E/F" warranted a redo. Did I think you would live with the difference? Not on your life! I looked at it from the prspective of all the time and effort you put into it., As usual, the time and effort paid off in a kind of "rehearsal" build. You pinpointed the areas that you weren't happy with, made corrections towards "getting it right" --- which was you set out to do on 12-22-14. If that ain't dedication I don't know what is! It's been a long haul, but your results are well worth it. Plus now you have "repeatablity" pretty much at your fingertips. I don't mind repeating myself here --- your rework/rebuilds are just as interesting as the rest of the build. Anyone who wants to attempt getting the "face" right will be using your "C" build as inspiration as well as a guide. I might be wrong, but so far I haven't seen any takers on the task. Congratulations and good luck on your new job in the RNZAF. Do we consider you an Ausswi instead of a Aussie now? Terry
  12. Craig, By now I'd think I wouldn't be surprised by what you pull off, but every post gives me the same astonishment as when you first started cutting up your G fuselage! You have a unique ability to hack away on plastic, but then bring it back together again. I even have to admire your "mistakes" as not only do you recover from them, you to make them look like blessings in disguise! The outer nacelle was a major surgery and you ended up with minimal "scar tisssue." The lighting lights up your work beatifully and is not overbearing --- scale lighting! Just as you did with the cockpit and radio compartment, you avoided the "sea of green" in the nose comparment with your use of different shades of your base color and highlights of bronze green. The insulation has the "padded" look of the early forts compared to the thinner type used later. There's going to be plenty of color in the nose without it looking like a carnival. Your O2 tanks look so much better then if you would have just used the later "ribbed' type. Driftmeter, ammo cans, heat ductwork --- each thing just adds to the realistic feel. The navigator's box may (or may not) be a bit of "artistic license" --- but it's believable an doesn't look out of place. Love how you got the illusion of a lid. To me, what makes all your detail work stand out is that it all is done with 3 dimensional pieces. We've all seen beautifully painted "brought to life" molded in detail. As good as they look, they still lack the "separate piece" look and that's where the realism has its roots. I could go on and on, but I don't need to point any of this out --- everyone sees it the same as I do! "Don't sweat the details" --- unless you're Craig!
  13. Craig, I have to admit, "dumbstruck" is exactly what I was by the simplicity of your nacelle fix! You're the exception to the saying "Those that can do, those who can't teach." YOU DO and TEACH! Absoulutely great work! Terry
  14. I also read that the Memphis Belle was the "front runner" for hitting #25 first and William Wyler had already taken extensive film footage with the 91st BG, for his film. While his film was excellent, the War Department utilized a lot of "massaged facts" when it came to telling the Memphis Belle story. Not to take anything away from the the Memphis Belle or the crew members that accompanied her back to the USA. First or not --- surviving 25 missions was an accomplishment in 1943!
  15. Craig, Nice to have you back and recovering from your vacation! I have to ask --- do the window frames have "rolled edges!" Cockpit looks great. The overall cockpit coloring is very effective.The shade of "bronze green" you came up with is just right. The more "oliveish" sidewall insulation isn't at stark contrast, but enough to keep things from being soporific; the yellow seat cushions/floatation devices add that "glitz" to the surrounding greens. Your control yokes will also set things off. You avoided the cockpit from becoming a "green chamber." Excellent work and very realistic looking --- you pulled it off nicely. I'm sure all of your "major" work on the "C" is rewarding, but it must be truly relaxing when you work on something like the "finishing" details of the cockpit. Terry
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