Not much new to report other than the canopy polishing project is a fail. I finally had to pop the thing off because the amount of pressure required to polish broke the glue joints. To my surprise popping it off didn’t cause any serious issues, in fact all the spots where it came off will be covered with a new canopy which Damian from SOW was kind enough to send me. Thanks, Damian.
Here you can see that the Future did not polish the same as the plastic. Once I got it off and realized polishing wasn’t going to work (and the fact that there’s chunk out of it) I gave up and will use a new canopy.
While I was waiting for the new canopy, I did manage to get some small things done.
Got the cooling fan attached to the engine and now it’s centered. I’m just going to glue the prop assembly on.
Also got the navigation lights on. These aren’t kit parts but rather aftermarket bits from a Russian supplier called Elf. To the best of my knowledge, the last remaining inventory in the US was snatched up when I mentioned them in my SBD build. There are a few places on the internet that carry the brand, so you might want to do google “Elf navigation lights” to see if you can find any. Most of the sites I visited had them listed as sold out. Good luck.
Right now I’m putting the landing gear together while I work up some enthusiasm to get back to the canopy and wrap this build up.
Thanks for tuning in.