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  1. Very early progress pics of my newest project. I might even finish it. I was one of the Millions Thousands Hundreds Dozens of model builders who begged Paul to do a 32nd scale RF-8 Conversion for the Trumpeter F-8E...one of their better efforts. Time to put up or shut up. I'm pretty new to conversions so this is gonna be a pretty conservative project. Just learning to deal with the quirks of resin will prove enough of a stretch for me. I think its gonna be done in the late 1970s markings of VFP-306 at NAS Andrews. One of my pilot friends, Doug Simpson was an RF-8 Pilot in the late Vietnam/Postwar period. Doug said most of the time RF-8 pilots used the callsign "CORKTIP", hence the name of the thread. You can see from here that right now we're sort of in the parts cleanup phase, making sure to check that everything fits together as hoped, with no surprises. There is a lot going on inside of these big resin fuselage halves. The integrated nose/intake/tunnel sorta supports the internals and muscles the fairly large castings into position.....assisted by some aggressive use of Tamiya Tape. Since these pics were taken, i've started painting the internals and am color blocking the cockpit tub. Thanks for shopping. Watch this space... -d-
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