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EA-6B Prowler (02 April: Done!)


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Well, I'll be dipped...

This crazy idea might be achievable folks! Don't know what else to say, but I'm pretty dang stoked. 

 

Was puttering around on Friday after everyone's suggestions (thanks again...love having other people pipe up with ideas). It dawned on me as I studied the canopy area. I tried both foil tape and styrene and it was tedious at best. Problem was always going to be getting really narrow bits down without messing up the canopies.  But then it dawned on me to use Timmy's!  suggestion. I already had it masked, so then only needed to mask the outer part of the canopies. Jumped right in and did it. Didn't use high build paint though, used Tamiya seam filler that you brush on. It's thick, and actually kind of self levels.first coat looked good, as did the second. Should have stopped there, but did a third. It started getting a little wavy as it took so long to dry. It was dry to the touch when I pulled the tape, but underneath was still a bit wet, so I got some ragged edges. All in all, it worked like a charm. Cleaned up the edges with a razor saw laying flat and then shot it to look for flaws.

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Couldn't resist checking to see how she looks on the base. (Had fixed the mounting location,  which was finally dry.)

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As I put everything back after taking these shots, impulse got the better of me, and I just HAD to take the masks off to see if I really pulled this off!

Color me floored. The canopies look much better than I'd ever imagined. Even looks like a Prowler.

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The tinting actually looks good too, all things considered. 

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Love the way the wiring up to the wet compass looks.

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If you look at the pilots windscreen by the gear handle, something got on the inside. It's not fogged from glue, but probably sanding residue as I attempted wet sanding in that exact spot and realized there was a gap that was subsequently filled. Its barely noticeable,  and any fix will likely cause more damage than I can fix. Will study it a bit more, but it certainly won't derail the build.

 

This pic is my favorite. Highlights the curves that happen as the canopy transitions to the turtle back. I daresay 'graceful.' Looks like the real deal though, so I'm pleased at how it turned out!

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All in all, today was a watershed moment in this build. The show-stoppers in my mind (and I believe I mentioned it way back in the beginning on page 1) were: the canopies,  the pods and landing gear. With the canopies AND pods done, I've got the gear left, and I've done ⅔ of em! Hallelujah...!

 

Next steps are to begin scribing and sanding on the nose. I'll work on the IFR probe too. Perhaps start thinking about the various antennas too. Then I can paint the Medium Gray that is the majority of the top and on to decals.

 

Pretty excited to have made it over the hump. Still a ways to go, but we're much closer now

 

Thanks for following along--appreciate everyone's comments!

-Peter

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  • easixpedro changed the title to EA-6B Prowler (23 Jan: Canopies complete)
1 hour ago, Landrotten Highlander said:

just goes to show, simple is most of the time best...

Nice work so far, and love how the canopy has worked out.

Yeah, have to constantly remind myself not to over think things. Or over engineer a solution.  All in all though, pleased how its shaping up. Spent the afternoon trying to figure out where all the panels go.

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Awesome work my friend glad the canopies turned out great. The tint is ineed to be jalous off as its looking the part and its a great deal of the feel for the prowler!

 

almost on the home stretch looking forward to further updates Peter! Fly Navy!

 

Cheers

Frederick Jacobs

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Nice!  I know I use that word a lot round here, but this really is! I say this knowing what a real milestone in the build this actually is. Especially when you consider how much work has already gone into them and the surrounding areas, this is probably as nice of a point to finally get to as any in the build!

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45 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Nice!  I know I use that word a lot round here, but this really is! I say this knowing what a real milestone in the build this actually is. Especially when you consider how much work has already gone into them and the surrounding areas, this is probably as nice of a point to finally get to as any in the build!

 

I was thinking of you and the Ki-45 canopy issue when I noticed the dust on the inside! But in a good way--I was thinking of how you tackled that bit and thinking of ways I could fix it.  Which leads me to this...  As I was tinkering with it yesterday, I was attempting to draw in the panel line locations (such as they are--there's really not much). But as I looked at it, I realized that I might have to bring that lower framing up a smidge, which will help hide it. I also managed to make the framing on the backside of the front cockpit too narrow--need to enlarge it by about another 2mm. I caught it as the boarding platform lines up with an imaginary line that extends down. As I was struggling to mark the locations, it dawned on me that was the issue.  No worries though--know what I'm doing and how to do it now. We'll get it all sorted and hopefully the next update will have the radome scribed as well as the boarding platforms.  Who knows, maybe I'll even get the IFR probe situated before jumping into paint?  Anxious to be working on it, that's for certain!

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Yeah that's really looking the 'ducks nuts' absolutely sensational result and you are right to feel proud mate.  I will use your technique in the future as well!  She really does look every inch a Prowler now....very very cool!

 

That's enough praise for you, I will save the rest for your next update as I am sure I wont be dissappointed!

 

Cheers

Anthony

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1 hour ago, Anthony in NZ said:

Yeah that's really looking the 'ducks nuts' absolutely sensational result and you are right to feel proud mate.  I will use your technique in the future as well!  She really does look every inch a Prowler now....very very cool!

 

That's enough praise for you, I will save the rest for your next update as I am sure I wont be dissappointed!

 

Cheers

Anthony

I thought it was 'the bees knees' ?!  I'd dig out my Australian to English dictionary, but I'm afraid it doesn't have Kiwi sayings. Bob isn't necessarily my uncle either...

But I digress. Back to the build--have to concentrate as I'm dreaming up a scheme for a Trumpeter F-8 and that is not helping.

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5 hours ago, jeroen_R90S said:

Awesome!!! :wub:

Some blemishes on the fuselage sides here and there, but that's child's play compared to the rest!

Oh, and please quit dreaming about that F-8 ;)

 

Jeroen

True. Already working on that. In fact, the entire  cheek area needed some filler as it was looking a little shallow and sunken. So added a skim coat to build it up some. You can also see how I started working on the canopy frame to fix the narrowness. 

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More soon!

-Peter

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