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On 3/16/2019 at 3:15 AM, LSP_Ray said:

Nice detail work!


On 3/16/2019 at 3:31 AM, Gisbod said:

Just caught up Alain,


Cracking detail work!




On 3/16/2019 at 12:50 PM, TorbenD said:

Very nice Alain - looking good!



Thank you very much!


I worked on the instrument panels this week end, but things did not go as smoothly as planned!

First, I managed to lose the upper part of the front instrument panel. I was tracing the position of the various instruments on the panel sections and suddenly that part was nowhere to be seen and was never found after searching all over the place! No big problem, as it is a simple shape, but not fun. 

Then after I finished punching the openings in the rear panel and starting on the lower front one, I realized did not like the overall look. I felt the openings were a bit too large compared to references. So I redid these sections also and used the next smaller size punch for the holes and the overall look was much better. I added various knobs and details also.




Now I have to figure out what color to use for the panels. The Finish aircraft has light green panels, but the interior was repainted so this may not be accurate for a Soviet aircraft. All I-16 panels are black so it is logical that these would be black also. There are no photos of UTI-4 cockpits I know of.


I started looking at the front cowl and prop parts, and found the spinner to be quite ill fitting. 




As you can see, there is way too much space in between the spinner and the cowl so some work will be needed there.


Also the lower intake (left of cowl in photo) sticks out so much that the prop would hit so I shaved off the excess and I will have to hollow the opening.




That's it for tonight!







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