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Thank you all for your kind words! I have a few more pics to show. I have decided to open the LH engine bay as open engine bay(s) are typical for Prowlers during the preflight checks. As usual, the engines are a major PITA to assemble and required a lot of sanding. To give you an idea, here is how the parts look before sanding:

 

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After some sanding and a few wires attached. Many more to come...

 

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As already mentioned, I'd like to show the Prowler shortly before take off. The crew is boarding, crew chief and deck personnel are closing the last hatches.

 

The pilot is already 'at his desk'. Sadly, I had to cut up this figurine again to build another one...

 

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... namely him. ECMO 2 is waiting for ECMO 1 to step in. Legs, one arm and face are from Warriors, torso from Master Details, helmet from Tamiya. I have to admit that I am pretty happy with this one. It's a shame how much work, money and different figurines are needed to obtain some decent looking Navy aviators in 32nd scale...

 

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ECMO 1. Legs from Warriors again, torso from Verlinden, arms from a PWMP mechanic and he head (to be replaced) is from Academy. He looks a little stiff in my opinion as his back is too straight; sadly, I have no more Master Details Navy figurines and they aren't available anymore. There is a sitting PJ Navy pilot, but his torso is too narrow.

 

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But compare with the pic in the following link, it doesn't look THAT bad - this ECMO stands rather staight while stepping in:

 

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If I alter the right arm, I could maybe get close to reality - what do you think?

 

I have also thought about the base for the diorama. Made a CAD drawing of Kitty Hawk's deck, scaled it and printed it out to get an idea of the size:

 

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Well... it's too big! :D The EA-6B is going to sit at this very spot as at least one Prowler was typically parked there on USS Kitty Hawk, but the cut out will be smaller. More on that - later! ;-)

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Wow...those figures, especially in the manner they're posed, will impressively animate what is already an awe inspiring project. I recall how the pilot figure for your LS RF-8G Crusader, perched atop the fuselage, added so much interest to that build.

 

Way to go Ben!

 

-Rich

 

p.s. I agree with you regarding the pose of the ECMO figure entering the cockpit. I think that repositioning the right arm in front of the body has the effect of stiffening the torso, perhaps.

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Is that an E-2 on the right? Pretty cool, but may I suggest a nice Greyhound instead? Warm the heart of a former COD driver!

 

Very nice work all around!

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Wow...those figures, especially in the manner they're posed, will impressively animate what is already an awe inspiring project. I recall how the pilot figure for your LS RF-8G Crusader, perched atop the fuselage, added so much interest to that build.

 

Way to go Ben!

 

-Rich

 

p.s. I agree with you regarding the pose of the ECMO figure entering the cockpit. I think that repositioning the right arm in front of the body has the effect of stiffening the torso, perhaps.

 

Thanks for your input, Rich! I will try to reposition the right arm, then we'll see if it works or not! I'll have to add some more depth and details to the other pilot, though. The Verlinden pilot is much better detailed than the Master Details one - which is pretty normal as the Master Details is intended to be sitting in the cockpit and not on top of the fuselage. :-)  

 

Is that an E-2 on the right? Pretty cool, but may I suggest a nice Greyhound instead? Warm the heart of a former COD driver!

 

Very nice work all around!

 

That's an E-2 indeed! :-) There even is a thread regarding this model here on LSP, but sadly, all the pics are gone and I am not sure if I still have them. A Greyhound would be awesome, but that would be even more complicated than the E-2 as I'd have to rebuild the entire lower fuselage... this isn't the main problem (thinking about doing this since quite some time), but I was not yet able to source the informations I need to do so - I'd need some pretty accurate drawings including cross sections to build a C-2 fuselage.

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Canopies! I wasn't really looking forward to do them, but I have to admit that I am rather pleased with the result so far. They are 3D printed using clear resin; the parts are pretty rough when they come out of the printer, though. This is due to the part orientation I had to choose in order to avoid support structures in the areas which are meant to remain transparent. The rear canopy has already received an initial treatment including polishing - it will need some more work, though. The forward canopy has only been sanded so far, no polishing yet. The canopy frames need to be done by hand - not yet sure if I'll do slightly raised frames using plasticard or if I am going to scribe them. I've made some frames from masking tape to check if the frames from my initial drawings fit.

 

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