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Unread September 6th, 2017, 12:17 PM
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I'll look tonight after work...let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Unread September 7th, 2017, 07:34 AM
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Thanks Jeff, but youre off the hook

Have been sent 3 excellent images of the areas in question, but sorry that as the images are not mine I can't post them here
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Wow... Good job Sir!
I wish good luck for the further work project from AV-8B Harrier!

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Unread September 8th, 2017, 05:09 PM
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Rear bulkhead detail pretty much finished and model is now ready to start some painting. Not getting too carried away as only have 2 weeks left to finish this model. Represented most of the detail only on the upper part of the bulkhead as the lower part will be hidden by the seat and the pilot.


Oxygen hose added from 2 pieces of copper wire, smaller diameter wrapped around larger to give corrugated shape. Still detail to add to pilot before painting starts on him, including the comms lead wrapped around the oxygen hose.


The wing vortex generators as they are moulded were bugging me. They are too thick and too short. I removed them all and then realised I had nothing to replace them with and so started experimenting, trying to get a consistent size and shape. It eluded me until this morning, where with a bit of thought, some brass shim, couple of very basic home-made jigs (3 pieces of styrene sheet) and a photoetch folding tool, a consistent, easy, reproduceable method. Should be done in no time.

Last thing to do and then I can start painting finally.
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Your threads are my go to "this is how its done"!
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Guitar string works well for the O2 hose...love it so far, even if it is the only plane you build...

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Shush!

I've seen him do A Hornet! (I think it was him)
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Guitar string works well for the O2 hose...love it so far, even if it is the only plane you build...

Jeff
Bro, do you even build?! 😁

Believe it or not, I actually have more finished F-16s and Spitfires, than AV-8Bs.

But I do still have another 15 of these in the stash, so there will be a few more.
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Man, those vortex generators look WAY better than plastic!

Same thing I'm doing to every A4D as well. Lots of them to make for a Skyhawk...

Looking very nice!
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Started priming everything with Mr Surfacer to check for any imperfections before starting paint.

Vortex generators with a coat of Mr Surfacer.


Furball chaff/flare dispensers with some Mr Surfacer. Big improvement on kit parts. Also visible is the corrected GPS 'brick' (top left of photo).


Furball underfuselage dispensers primed, some added 'bumps' as seen on the real aircraft and the opening for the mounting stand.
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The pilot is finally ready for some paint. Managed to add the comms lead to the oxygen mask/hose, and added some detail with Millput.

Used the Milliput to define the survival vest, add some more folds to the flight suit, and added the collar of the flight suit over the life preserver. I'll let that harden off, then blend it a little more before painting starts.


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The pilot is outstanding, can't wait to see it under paint!

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Ditto! Seeing what you can do with Milliput is astounding! Your whole build process is a real treat to see, actually.
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And here he is painted and ready to jump in the jet. IP is now done and cockpit is painted, so just need to assemble it all and get the canopy sorted. Tried to keep the highlights and shadows subtle on this, but still have them present. Didn't go overboard on the leg area as most of it will be hidden by the instrument panel. Not completely happy with the result, but looks okay in the model.

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Unread September 13th, 2017, 09:50 PM
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Way better than okay....I love the floatation horse collar survival vest, you nailed it. I've found most are either way overdone or underdone, yours is spot on. The O2 hose w/ comms cord looks great too, good job Kiwi...

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Yeah, just okay. Outstanding Kickass Awesome You nailed it!
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Holy Crap! :

I'm sitting here waiting for this little sucker to move! My God man! Talk about killing it! That ROCKS bigtime!

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Unread September 16th, 2017, 12:27 PM
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WoW! After seeing this, I'm thinking, maybe, I'll take up knitting!
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Unread September 17th, 2017, 02:32 PM
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Appreciate all the comments everyone - thanks. I've been taking a few pics as I go, but have a deadline of Thursday this week to get it finished as flying down to our Nationals and want to take this.

Have advanced this significantly to the point that I started decalling to model yesterday and have also assembled and painted a pair of Brassin AIM-9s for the outboard pylons. Pics probably after I get back from Nats when I have some breathing room.
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Craig:

Kill it at the nats! If you don't get something for this? The judges are freeken blind!

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