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Old July 4th, 2011, 10:01 PM
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Hi:
IŽm inspired by articles of some of the most amazing modelers around, like Dave Roof and Craig Sargent among others.
So IŽll humble try to do my best and build the 1:48 Monogram kit using some of the tips and techniques I learned in their articles.
here is the list of what I have for this project:

Monogram kit (plain vanilla)
Black Box cockpit
Aires wheel wells
Super Scale decals.

Ok. here is the kit:



This edition only contains the plastic kit, no resin nose for the NA.
So IŽll copy in resin the nose that comes with the OIF edition of Monogram.
First thing to do is to throw in the spares bin the Mk. I Snakeyes, I read somewhere no airplane except the Broncos use them.
Next cut the external fuel tanks that comes with the pilons in this kit.
And now, start scribing.





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Old July 10th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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The dorsal position light has to be removed, itŽs in the wrong location.
So it must go.





The model have some screen details iŽll remove them.
Those details are well done but I want to use some wire mesh here.





This model does not come with the resin nose, itŽs an earlier offering.
So I copy the resin that comes with the OIF edition.



I have to modify the dorsal air intake, so I cut it just at the root of the tail.
IŽll use some epoxy putty or plastic sheet .





IŽll use the Aires resin for the wheels wells.
They are designed for the Hasegawa kit so it takes a little more effort to make them adjust here.
first cut the frontal lip of this bay.





Then cut this tabs and sand to make the plastic thinner.
Eliminate the casting stubs from the lateral resin pieces so make them fit inside the fuselage.





For the front wheel well I measure the front doors to make the cuts in the plastic.
IŽll have to thin all the areas where the resin meets plastic so they can sit properly.







Using the radome panel line as a guide I cut the nose, leaving a little exedent so I can adjust new the resin nose.
Then sand to get a good fit.
I sand a bit more than necesary so it will need some repairs





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Old July 10th, 2011, 08:25 PM
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Looks like you have this one well in hand. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Thank you Craig.
I just finished to rescribe wings and fuselage, and keep sanding LOTS of resin to make them fit.
I see an excelent tip for the intake covers from Marine4ever!
IŽll post some progress thes weekend.
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