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F-104D Starfighter - 57-1315 - AFFTC Edwards AFB, 1960

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Thanks guys..........

 

A tiny bit more done that doesnt require power bits.

I got the O2 hoses done using guitar string, and lead wire for the coms cords:

 

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Then I took a moment to assemble the engine and its bulkheads, as well as the battery holder and its bulkheads along with the cockpit:

 

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Finally, I took out the base and clear support rod, and got the boys and idea of what angle they will be poised at.................much MUCH taller than what the final product will be, but at least an idea of what things will look like before the clear rod is cut off:

 

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Its going to be a tall display even after I cut the clear rod!

 

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All for now ladies!  Ive got to get the new replacement electronic board so I can sort out the power bits and where everything will reside  before going any further. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks guys! This one has a lot of new firsts for me including my first in-flight display, which I promptly made harder by deciding it would be all self contained inside the model, as well as my first lighting job.

The lights are still a source of trepidation, since I still have yet to figure out how it will all work as of yet. I'm hoping to get the new board in a week or less, so I can push on with getting some assembly done.

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Thanks guys, one and all......................really does keep the motivation up. 

 

On 9/1/2019 at 12:33 PM, aircommando130 said:

You are living the Flight Test Center motto..."Towards the Unknown"

 

Bingo!  And this is most all un-known to me too!   "Ad Inexplorata!"

YES!  Last night I finally received my replacement circuit board for the lighting setup..................and hopefully (barring any wife or daughter interruptions) I'm hoping to complete my second and final full lighting test with the new board and the 9v battery setup.   NOW I can actually get moving on this build!  

 

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4 minutes ago, rigor said:

Looks great Brian but what happened to the second dudes left hand :P

 

 

Haha, if you notice both of our gents are missing hands...................the pilot missing his right, and our observer/photographer missing his left:

 

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The pilots right hand is holding the flight control stick, and will be added after our pilot is permanently seated in the aircraft, and our observer will get his left hand (holding his Paillard-Bolex H-16 Camera) also after he is permanently seated, as ill have to position it to allow room for all the stuff being put on after the fact like the IP hood. Will be a tight fit me thinks! 

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8 hours ago, Out2gtcha said:

 

 

 

Bingo!  And this is most all un-known to me too!   "Ad Inexplorata!"

That is what's on the Flight Test Center patch on my dads flight suit That I have! It's the only Latin I know! Looking good...can't wait to see it get closer to being done!

Cheers....Ron

 

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