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    checksix got a reaction from Pete Fleischmann in HH-60G Pavehawk Kitty Hawk 1/35   
    I love your "how I did that" tips. I appreciate all the little tidbits of info that help me improve my own (much more modest) efforts.
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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    This is going to look amazing!
     
    Regarding drilling acrylic:  I've had similar experience when drilling flat acrylic plates: after drilling what appeared to be  clean holes, several days later small cracks and stress fractures appeared. After some experimentation I found that using water as a drilling lubricant prevented the fractures from later appearing. I just used an eye dropper and kept refilling a little puddle around the hole while drilling. I suspect the water has two effects: it provides cooling so the plastic doesn't melt and it also somehow allows the drill to cut a cleaner hole without chipping away at the walls of the hole.
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    checksix got a reaction from Out2gtcha in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    This is going to look amazing!
     
    Regarding drilling acrylic:  I've had similar experience when drilling flat acrylic plates: after drilling what appeared to be  clean holes, several days later small cracks and stress fractures appeared. After some experimentation I found that using water as a drilling lubricant prevented the fractures from later appearing. I just used an eye dropper and kept refilling a little puddle around the hole while drilling. I suspect the water has two effects: it provides cooling so the plastic doesn't melt and it also somehow allows the drill to cut a cleaner hole without chipping away at the walls of the hole.
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    checksix got a reaction from daveculp in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from daveculp in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Back end
     
    The Barracuda resin exhaust nozzle castings are quite detailed. Installing the tiny actuator rods is a challenge. They are sliced one at a time from the casting block and then CA'd in place. Many spares are provided. I only lost two:

     
    After painting and applying a wash of clear smoke:

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from Bill Cross in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    As long as you're putting all those lights in place, maybe you should put  blue/pink leds within the engine to create afterburner "shock diamonds" using edge lighting,  by adding frosted concentric rings on the outside of your clear support rod? You might be able to achieve an effect something like this:
     

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    checksix got a reaction from scvrobeson in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    As long as you're putting all those lights in place, maybe you should put  blue/pink leds within the engine to create afterburner "shock diamonds" using edge lighting,  by adding frosted concentric rings on the outside of your clear support rod? You might be able to achieve an effect something like this:
     

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    checksix got a reaction from F-4Phanwell in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    As long as you're putting all those lights in place, maybe you should put  blue/pink leds within the engine to create afterburner "shock diamonds" using edge lighting,  by adding frosted concentric rings on the outside of your clear support rod? You might be able to achieve an effect something like this:
     

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    checksix got a reaction from Out2gtcha in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    As long as you're putting all those lights in place, maybe you should put  blue/pink leds within the engine to create afterburner "shock diamonds" using edge lighting,  by adding frosted concentric rings on the outside of your clear support rod? You might be able to achieve an effect something like this:
     

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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960   
    As long as you're putting all those lights in place, maybe you should put  blue/pink leds within the engine to create afterburner "shock diamonds" using edge lighting,  by adding frosted concentric rings on the outside of your clear support rod? You might be able to achieve an effect something like this:
     

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    checksix got a reaction from themongoose in 1/32 T-38A Thunderbird Completed   
    All that panel work is really going to look good when painted. Love the decal on back of pilot helmet. Don't rush to get it finished! It's going to be a beauty.
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    checksix got a reaction from BradG in 1/32 T-38A Thunderbird Completed   
    It's difficult to tell without seeing the entire fuselage, but it looks like your nose profile is going to work!
    One thing I noticed is that the little cone shape at the front base of the canopy seems too exaggerated.
    It's actually fairly subtle, and the shape seems to carry through the canopy and matches the interior cockpit glare shield.
    Here's what I mean:
     

     
    You're going to have a great model. I'm really enjoying watching this unfold...
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    checksix got a reaction from NukerDan in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from Michael931080 in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    I used original Rockwell / North American Aviation drawings for the B-1B, obtained here:
     
    http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/catalog/drawndoc.htm
     
    "Airdrawing 2" and "Airdrawing 18"
     
    This was a great resource. You place an order via paypal and he email's you a temporary web address and password from which you download the .zip file containing the drawings.
     
    I used a program called "Imagemagick" to convert  and rescale the desired image ("B-1b.gif") into a pdf file that I took to a local Office Depot and had them print on one of their big architectural printers (48" x 36") for about $7.
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    checksix got a reaction from jenshb in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    I'm planning on adding "EL" (Ellsworth) markings eventually. My son will be PCS'ing there sometime this year as a pilot. I'm waiting to see what plane(s) he'll be flying so I can pick something appropriate.
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    checksix got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Painting
     
    I was looking for a worn, somewhat aged appearance. After priming with Tamiya gray liquid surface primer, I sprayed multiple thin coats of Tamiya XF-54 "Dark Sea Gray", stopping before obtaining complete coverage. For walkway markings I used XF-24 "Dark Gray". For the nose cone and dielectric panels I used a 50:50 mix of XF-54 and XF-24. The wing pivot areas are X-31 "Titanium Gold". Lastly, I dirtied things up a bit with some XF-1 "Flat Black". The flat paints look good but are delicate. For final assembly and handling I wear thin cotton gloves (thanks wife!).
     

     

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from TaffyMan in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from Dragon in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Completed
     
    All done. The base of the display stand was cut from poplar. The vertical portion  is a temporary mdf template that will be replaced with clear acrylic.

     
    With clear acrylic display stand, cut from 3/8" sheet:

     
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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Painting
     
    I was looking for a worn, somewhat aged appearance. After priming with Tamiya gray liquid surface primer, I sprayed multiple thin coats of Tamiya XF-54 "Dark Sea Gray", stopping before obtaining complete coverage. For walkway markings I used XF-24 "Dark Gray". For the nose cone and dielectric panels I used a 50:50 mix of XF-54 and XF-24. The wing pivot areas are X-31 "Titanium Gold". Lastly, I dirtied things up a bit with some XF-1 "Flat Black". The flat paints look good but are delicate. For final assembly and handling I wear thin cotton gloves (thanks wife!).
     

     

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Back end
     
    The Barracuda resin exhaust nozzle castings are quite detailed. Installing the tiny actuator rods is a challenge. They are sliced one at a time from the casting block and then CA'd in place. Many spares are provided. I only lost two:

     
    After painting and applying a wash of clear smoke:

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Front end
     
    Rather than using decals, I painted all lines and markings. Window seal outlines were applied using the Barracuda canopy masks. To make a mask for the refueling markers, I scanned the original decal sheet, did some photo editing to generate a black-on-white image, and printed out the image. Then I overlaid some frisket film on the image, traced out the pattern with a fresh X-Acto blade, transferred the film mask onto the model, and sprayed several thin coats of off-white:

     
    The resin pitot tubes are tiny. They are installed into holes that must be drilled. I used the tip of an X-Acto blade to start each hole and then opened them to size with a finger-turned .081" drill bit.

     
    A needle file was used to ream out each hole for a custom friction fit. A couple of holes came out slightly too large and required a tiny smear of epoxy:

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Painting
     
    I was looking for a worn, somewhat aged appearance. After priming with Tamiya gray liquid surface primer, I sprayed multiple thin coats of Tamiya XF-54 "Dark Sea Gray", stopping before obtaining complete coverage. For walkway markings I used XF-24 "Dark Gray". For the nose cone and dielectric panels I used a 50:50 mix of XF-54 and XF-24. The wing pivot areas are X-31 "Titanium Gold". Lastly, I dirtied things up a bit with some XF-1 "Flat Black". The flat paints look good but are delicate. For final assembly and handling I wear thin cotton gloves (thanks wife!).
     

     

     
     
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    checksix got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer ("BONE") bomber   
    Front end
     
    Rather than using decals, I painted all lines and markings. Window seal outlines were applied using the Barracuda canopy masks. To make a mask for the refueling markers, I scanned the original decal sheet, did some photo editing to generate a black-on-white image, and printed out the image. Then I overlaid some frisket film on the image, traced out the pattern with a fresh X-Acto blade, transferred the film mask onto the model, and sprayed several thin coats of off-white:

     
    The resin pitot tubes are tiny. They are installed into holes that must be drilled. I used the tip of an X-Acto blade to start each hole and then opened them to size with a finger-turned .081" drill bit.

     
    A needle file was used to ream out each hole for a custom friction fit. A couple of holes came out slightly too large and required a tiny smear of epoxy:

     
     
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