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  1. It begins. After a nearly 2 decade search for the right kit, and several attempts in 1/48 with the Tamiya kit, I believe I've finally found the plastic of my dreams. The Trumpeter kit corrects the myriad flaws of the old Testors, and offers a better working scale for what I hope to accomplish in 1/32 than the Tamiya did a step smaller. Life and work force me to be a very part time modeler, but I will post progress here - slow as it may be. As mentioned, the basis for this build is the new-ish Night Hawk kit. Having been to market for a little over a year, there are several nice aftermarket options now available. While I haven't made a final decision on what I would like to include, the cockpit, seat and gear/wheels are about the only real areas of detail on this kit - so I figured they're as good a place as any to get started. Que Quickboot Aces II replacement seat, and an Eduard Brassin wheel set. Both are excellent quality, and offer a substantial improvement in detail to the kit parts. As several of you are aware, I'm working on several aspects of this kit to improve upon the plastic or photo etch options that currently just don't quite cut it. One of these details are the engine intake grids. My hope is to find a willing engineer with access to a micro machining unit that will be able to help create as close to an exact scale replica of the grids as possible. Failing that....well, I'll cross that bridge if/when I get to it. In the mean time, I'll be collecting paints, glue, and all the other sundries I've since parted with over the years since my last attempt at this silly project. Thanks once again to all the help I've received so far in looking for information to help me along. I'll be sure to update as progress is made. Brian~
  2. Following on from Uilleans excellent thread , and having seen a few other impressive builds online, I thought I would splash out and have a go at the "Wobblin Goblin" myself. Back in 1990 I remember watching the F-117 and the strike damage being broadcast on TV to the world, during the first Gulf War. The aircraft is a source of fascination for me considering getting the unusual shape to fly as well as the technology to make it stealthy and virtually invisible to enemy radar defences. So time to gather some references and decide on what after-market items to add to the kit. http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gTvCde6KOFo/UzMTz-4Z8SI/AAAAAAAASsc/CYc-0Pk2yWI/s1024-no/IMAGE_668.jpg The Squadron/Signal Walk Around Number 26 is very good, and probably the best reference for the modeller that I have seen. The Pilot's Flight Operations Instructions are less useful but of interest to anyone interested in the checklists and general operation of the aircraft. There are no photos in this volume and only a few line drawings of the cockpit and a few scrap drawings of wheel bay equipment. Half of the manual consists of performance graphs. Additionally I purchased the excellent Eduard Brassin Resin wheels set, with accurate tyre treads and wheel spokes for later production aircraft. I also purchased the Eduard, Weapons bay detailing set, the Cockpit interior and exterior detailing set for the various mesh grilles that cover the various exhaust ports on the fuselage. I don't intend to reiterate anything that Uillean has already said on his build, but will post some progress shots, and try to mention any traps or pitfalls with the build as I go along.
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