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  1. All glued together with a few more laminated skins of styrene to fill things out, which will minimize the amount of putty I'll need.
  2. Skinning the bottom with yet more scrap styrene. I'm refusing to spend another dime acquiring parts for this, so it's recycling time.
  3. Whoohoo! Upsweep on the burner looks OK, and the length is right on.
  4. While that dried a bit, I went ahead and 'feathered' the cockpit piece.
  5. Going for light weight here, as this is all behind the main gear. More stringers for strength and something to glue the bottom skin to.
  6. Whoop-dee-dooo! Thanks for following along everybody. Yep, I've got the 'Texas Battle-cry' of "Just get er done" going on right now Tex. Put about 2-1/2hrs. into this tonight before I had to call a pizza-break and stop. I'm liking this new design. Only got time for some short snippets for explanations as I go along, so I won't be doing too much jabbering. Started with some longerons applied to the sides and bottom before adding a sheet of styrene to the top for some sheer strength and lining things up. Here's the bottom; And the top;
  7. Niiiice Karl! I've never seen those high-drag bombs in a kit before, did they come with this Phantom? Looks like a hefty load-out ya got going on there! Like it!
  8. Last view of the night from the top. Goggle-eye of the camera makes the rear gap look huge, but it's only about 1 inch(25mm). Tomorrow I should have these sections joined back together and ready for putty. Wing design number 1 should follow soon. More pics as things progress! Later, Russ
  9. Little bit better view of the rear up-sweep I'm trying to get.
  10. Taped and propped up to see how everything lines up. I cut the nose like that, cuz i wanted the gun/engine intake/ and refueling receptacle to line up with my plans....but the cockpit has to be about 2 feet (3/4's inch scale) more forward. Ventral fins are now gone, and I made the rear cut to get the 3 degrees of 'up-sweep' that the engine will have to clear the ground at high AOA. (this can be seen in the previous pics of the plans) I now have a scale 30 inch gap (almost an inch) in the rear which coincides with the plans really well.
  11. Whoooeee! Thanks for the interest fellas! WOW, what a gorgeous build Roy! I was nodding knowingly about a lot of the points you brought up. Not much out there for plans, wondering if the kit landing gear will hold the weight, and which direction to go with the wings.....etc. I too discovered the NASA site for some good close-up pics. Very nice. Also saw the 'Wild Hare' conversion Harv! Looked like the cat's meow for doing this conversion,....but I hear it's OOP? Meh, don't think I could justify it for this 'putty-queen' build anyway. No telling what this
  12. Not much different dimensionally with a slightly larger wingspan and fuse....,but ooooooh what a difference in the appearance. Probably still make it Norwegian, and not Australian....but I can already envision a cool 'what-if' camo scheme. Should have some pics tomorrow of the buzz-sawed fuse, and how I'm going to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. More pics as things 'progress'? later, Russ
  13. I'm happy where this is going now. I can get into this;
  14. It's not an 'A' model anymore Shawn! I no sooner got putty all over this, and had a grand mess going on......when I for some reason just stopped, and paused. Blast it, if I'm gonna putty something it's got to be done in style! Just can't get into an 'A' for some reason, and I was fooling myself into jousting and tilting at windmills thinking otherwise. When a build becomes a job, and is no longer a hoot it's time to stop the train and get off at Russville. Heh heh, this thread has now changed gears 'r0todr1ver'. Time to leave the 'control group' and head into
  15. Et tu Brutus? Et tu? Bwhahahaha, I fully deserved that one Derek! Hmmmm, wonder if that IS where it's at? Meh, probably find those burner cans in the fridge behind the applesauce, or hidden in the fireplace to keep them from unscrupulous eyes. I hear they're really hot on the black market these days?
  16. Now THAT'S a beautiful paint-job Peter! Whooooeee, I can see why you weren't looking forward to starting on something as tricky as that! What a cool paint-scheme. Really looking sharp dude! It's all down hill now,eh? Can't wait to see what that monster engine looks like fixed to the front! Go Peter Go!
  17. Hmmmm, I seem to have miss-placed my other set of after-burners that were in the closed position,....so I think I might hack up the open ones I have and detail out the inner burner petals to get them closed. Dunno though, as I like to bounce around on whatever interests me at the moment on this build. More pics as I get assemblies done. Later, Russ
  18. Gaaaahhh! I had to walk away from the F-16 build for a night after applying a trowel full of putty on it,...and decided to warm up on this for a change. Already had my RTV moulds made up and the wheels cast earlier so I decided to clean those suckers up and put them on the axles to see what I got. Still have to put all the brake stuff on the outside of the mains, and the spindle and bolts that go around the rim on the nose wheels.....but it felt good to dust everything off and start whomping on this again. Here's some sneak previews of the gear roughed out;
  19. Whoah! That is too cool Derek! Love those markings. Man, I ALMOST made this into a Belgian or Dutch F-16,.....but decided to keep my triumverate all Norwegian. Thanks Shawn, I'm bombing on this critter pretty bad, eh? I had to walk away from it yet again after applying a cubic ton of putty tonight. If it doesn't sand down 1/2-way correctly, it's going to morph into an Aussie F-16XL just to keep it exciting. If I'm gonna have to hack on this anymore it might at least be fun! Hmmmmm, instead of making the F-5E into an 'A',.....I could really have the
  20. Some side shots. After I finish off the cockpit and add the canopy,....it's time to start laying on the putty. I'll take some pics before I paint the model, so ya'll can see where I had to smooth the contours in. Lumpy or smooth, this will be completed by the end of next weekend. I want to get started on the F-104. More pics as things progress! Later, Russ
  21. Views from the top. Canopy doesn't fit so hot, so I'll be installing it and puttying around the edges.
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