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Jens, hi and thanks! Btw what means to convert the same thing into the same thing?! :))) U mean the edits of the numerours curves on the top side of the intakes? Cause i know that they are wrong on the YF-23 kit itself. Otherwise, the oob kit is pretty much a YF-23 version....

A tongue-in-cheek remark about Hobby Boss' poor rendition of a YF-23, and to make it look like a proper YF-23 I feel like it's going to be a conversion:)

 

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A little up. The cockpit is not the point at these pics as it`s not ready yet. But the nose landing gear is ready with the lowering and the retraction. And the main paint (white) is laid down too. Here is with the door closed - it fits flush as it was oob, just perfect:

 

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2 MLD sensors at the nose, just glued and still not flushed with the surface. I`ll have to wait them dry well, cause they are transparent pieces from some clear sprues, while the black is indeed a bunch of black chips from black sprues, melted in CA glue, and they slightly softened the transparent pieces. But hopefully they will be solid again:

 

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And, with the gear down:

 

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This time i used the simplest and easiest way for retraction. The entire gear is actually just 1 piece. And there are 2 magnets at the base of the main pylon. Respectively the cockpit tub is almost entirely removed to allow the "diagonal" strut of the gear to fit in the void space right behind the seat. Quite some plastic from the rear of the seat was removed as well, but it`s not visible. Furthermore there will be cables, a pilot figure and a tinted canopy over the cockpit, so i`ll not turn so many attention to the comsmetic touches in the cockpit. Just a couple of base colors...

 

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Merry Xmas, all the best to all of us!

 

Now on the big little update :) The nozzles area is done. First, the afterburner chambers were majorly edited. I changed the rings with 2 left from my F-15C in 1/48. Here are they on the right, and check out how tiny are the oob ones deep inside the afterburners chambers:

 

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The transition of the duct ends from rounded to squared was done with paper tape, which later absorbed very well the wash and the weathering:

 

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The nozzles - i used the oob pieces:

 

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and tried to make them 3-D by using a Raptor`s nozzle in 1/72 as a refference:

 

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They are just about roughly done, but i`m very happy with the result. Here is a testfit:

 

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