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  1. hi Squizzy, it's awrsome to see another huge Nighthawk! nice IPs for start!
  2. The main ip is done: - the amount of holes; - the rods to replace the switches/knobs; - and the ready thing...
  3. btw here is a video of the FLIR testfitted and the tourette rotating.
  4. well they are in a reversed order but I'm at the ip now. cheerio
  5. again sry about the lack of spacing between the images. The nlg is ready and glued in the bay, which is then glued to the cockpit tub and then all will be glued to the lower fuselage cause its easy this way (for the making of the nlg bay door and the canopy moveable). So for the cockpit, i decided to make something for the first time as well - replacing the toggle switches and the knobs with plastic rods, then cut them, shape them, etc. I have now micro drills and can make tin almost invisible holes, so they will get in use nicely here. the side panels are the testbed and they are just about done... still plenty of detail to be made. Then i got started with the main ip. its painted and the decals are added. I have Micro Set and used it, it's perfect, the decals accepted amazingly the shape of the buttons, knobs etc. Pix in a sec.
  6. guys sorry about the displaying of the pix. I'm trying to post from my phone for the first time... not easy but my pc is kind of broken.... from over a month now, and they still don't know what is going on with it. but i couldn't wait to update the build. So, I'll try to explain the pix above. first the Flir is done. i made it moveable via two gears with an accessing port through the nose wheel bay. kind of neat. i also choose the scared plastic method to imitate the screen, which is fitted after making a small recessed edge along the perifery of the provisioning. it's glued and the ram stripes are glued along the edges but i couldnt take pictures yet. I'm continuing with the cockpit...
  7. I also have no words.... You are wicked evil! Amazing weathering over the foil... And those rivets....awesome!
  8. Awesooooome! My favorite part - the side IPs. Very very GJ!
  9. @Barry, thx a lot. They really have nice meshes and yet I think they are a little bit on the coarse side. @Thunnus, thanks man! It's my 5th or 6th model with moveable parts... Actually this allows to make two or three models out of one because it transforms from a parked to flying display position and beyond. And each looks like a different model.
  10. Actually no, I couldn't find that kind of tea bag (I think I know what you mean) while I was searching, but I certainly want to be something quite rigid. The tea bag might be too vulnerable to touch, etc. It's just too fragile. Cause it's almost imposible to avoid touching that area (let's say I will manage to avoid touching it with fingers) because the tiny holes might easily be clogged by dust particles and the only way to clean them is with a brush. The right romboid pattern could easily be compromized. I think the transparent plastic piece with the scared pattern gives a couple of advantages - one, the provisioning is entirely sealed and there is no way to get dust on the lense or inside, and two, it offers perfect visibility and the pattern disapears when viewed from distance.
  11. It's FLIR time. I'm gonna make it moveable too (rotation on only 1 of the axis (up and down)) by using 2 gears and I'll tap out an accessing hole for the larger gear through the NLG bay. A bit later on that. Meanwhile I noticed that the entire tourette needs a little adjustment - it needs to be moved a bit higher. This is how it looks on the real plane - it just barely touches the screen and the upper frame: and that's how it looks in the model: ...Not to mention the screen of the sensor itself that is "halfway visible"... But I think that's an easy fix. There is plenty of space to move the tourette up a bit. The moving mechanism is just about ready too, so I started planning on the illusive screen mesh. Trust me, I went through 99% of all F-117 builds on the net and did not see a proper solution. The thing is, I was so confident that a PE screen mech will do the job, but it doesn't. I cut a couple other meshes respectively out of flour grading grit and a tea cup filter.... It was a hell of a cuting through these tiny stainless steel hairs. Nevertheless, here is what I came up with - from left to right - 1) is just a thin transparent piece of plastic scared accordingly to imitate the screen pattern and then tinted with black satin lacquer; 2) is a piece of the tea filter; 3) is the original clear plastic piece; 4) is a piece from a flour grading grit + paper tape on the back; and 5) is the PE screen: Here they are vice-versa but you get the idea.... I think that the simplest (1) method is the best: just clear plastic scared with the tip of the knife as fine as possible, then a little wash/filter to enhance the pattern. It provides the best transparency. Here on the pix above it's difficult to notice the pattern, but in a closeup view - it's fine. This is the PE mesh just overlaid - it's simply inadequate... the real plane does not have such squares in the front. Even if I put them diagonally to look as rombs, they are way too... out of scale : The stainless steel tea filter - although it has the closest pattern, it almost entirely blocks the view to the tourette... even the countours of the provisioning are not visible. I was a bit sad cause that was my best guess... ... and surprisingly 1) - the piece of plastic with the scares and the tinting: I think I can make it even better - by paying more attention on the making of more parallel lines and using gloss instead of satin lacquer to enhance the visibility. I think that's the right thing to go with. Up next - the rotation of the tourette.
  12. That's how you do it! Well Done! Btw I would also sharpen a bit the zig-zag's trailing edges towards the sides of their perimeter (near the fuselage sides).
  13. Awesome plane! I like more the black markings. Well , they both are very beautiful. . .
  14. Low and slow... It's getting together very nicely!
  15. Yeah :)) the next level will be to make the airflow deflectors extending along with the the opening of the doors...
  16. By the way, just a quick note, the GTR wheels/tire set is intended for the F-15 kit and the size of the nose tire, respectively, is correct for the F-15. Whilst the F-117 really used the same landing gear of the F-15 but that was true only about the early version/prototype of the F-117 (Have Blue, Senior Trend). In some ways I believed that both planes had the same or very similar NLG... well, they are similar but not entirely. So the info on the pic from this Walkaround book ((c) to James Goodall) is really about the serial plane with the "normal" size tire, hence the difference of the diameters of the GTR's and the original kit tire of the NLG. Yet according to my references, the tires of the MLGs are spot on in diameter with the GTR's MLG tires (for F-15) and I'll use them. They are so much beautiful than the F-117's original kit tires. All right, I'm still on the bomb bay adventure....
  17. It's not done yet, but the retraction of the trapezes finally is. I took a short video: ....extended - with and without the launch rails: And retracted in the bay, again with and without the launchers - they are just temporarily testfitted:
  18. Oooh, ça va, ça va! Awesome looking cockpit and engines.
  19. A little change in plan was needed... I'm sarting from the beginning of the issue... so, I was modifying the NLG bay door's hinges to make it fit in the fuselage while I noticed something - the entire lower fuselage is quite .... "fragile". Well, don't get me wrong, the kit is absolutely perfect, gorgeous, but the 2 halves of the fuselage are a little bit on the thin side. Actually they are too thin (to my taste) and especially the lower fuselage (which is almost a giant flat piece) can bend like a "paper sheet". This led to two issues: (i) the fit of the NLG door is impeccable - it fits with almost no seamline and even the slightest bent will cause missalignments, bents, dents, scratches, etc.,; and (ii) the entire side walls of the bomb bays are kind of curved inwards due to the storage of the kit... I suppose that there was a slight pressure from the bottom (the inner cardboard tray) and because of the thin plastic it was too easy to follow the slight curve of the cardboard. So, because of (i), even the slightest bend (tension) further in the build will compromize the perfect fit of the NLG door... it just pops out of the fuselage surface just like that. It's not possible to glue the entire NLG bay (which would solve the issue) because there are still plenty of things to do like hinges and magnets, but to make them - the door needs to fit justly. With that in mind I can find only one feasable solution - which is to start from the bomb bay. It is gigantic and it's located right in the middle of that flat (bent) surface of the lower fuselage. The solid construction of the bay will thus reinforce the fuselage and hopefully this will cancel the issue(ii) and will provide an "unbendable" nose section for keeping on with the NLG door. Here i tried to capture how bent are the side walls of the momb bays, viewed towards the back and vice-versa. It's not that much but they should be perfeclty straight. This is the fit of the NLG door. This is just the door as it is (with mods in the hinges of course) and without any improvements of the fit: And this is what happens if you just hold the lower fuselage near the nose and leave it to gravity It's the same if you hold it at the wing. I don't know... I'm sure that this will not be a problem once the two halves of the fuselage are glued... This is also my 2nd model in this scale and i can only make a comparison with the Tamiya's F-15E where I ain't see such thing whatsoever. It's just not possible to keep editing the NLG bay and door. And the momb bay it is. Da Parts, just testfitted: Everything fits so beautfully. The 2 side walls are now glued firmly to the fuselage and drying, which will hopefully be enough to get rid of issue (ii) and then i'm continuing with the motion of the cradles, the bomb bay doors, etc. PS: Now that's a different thing: the bomb bay side walls are installed and check out the straight edges of the bomb bay's long sides.
  20. Hi Troy! The AFV Club canopy is a game changer! I highly recommend it, indeed i think it is absolutely necessary for a decent looking model. And it fits perfectly, it's just times better than the original transparent canopy. It's definitely worth it. The only trick is that it is nothing more than the original transparent canopy but only coated from the inside with a golden-purple-orangy tone which does not shift color accordindg to the angle, so you dont want to mask or stick anything from the inner side, just in case. How did i get it? Well, long story short - i made a synergy of my trip to LDN for the new years vacation with a visit to the Hannants store (+the RAF museum ). So i got it from Hannants, i think they have it in stock in their warehouse. Meanwhile, i saw it (recently) in a couple of ebay offers, and on the Sprue Brothers site.
  21. Thx Shawn! I'm just about figuring out how to close/open the NLG door. I'd rather keep the original hinges cause they fit perfectly. The kit's quality is very good.
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