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Old Sep 21, 2014, 05:21 PM
Do it Right, the first time!
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You did a nice job!! It certainly does dress it up a bit, from stock. As for that "little" hump, just hit it with a sanding block to knock it down some.. that or ( my preference) get some light weigh filler, and build up the aft side of it.. The real one does have a nice curvature in that location.

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Nice the way you are progressing. A good thing, I build a pusher and don't have to bother with the look and the functional side
Surly a pusher would have been much simpler, but what's the fun in that?

I had that proverbial hair up my Arse to go as scale as I could-- and it has proved to be an exercise in anger management!!..,,,

But nothing that can't be worked out-- getting nice smooth flowing curves on the intakes is the next challenge. I only have a touch over 5" to do an "S" curve before it goes back thru former. A little short on room, I'd say!
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Old Sep 26, 2014, 03:26 PM
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The detail you get into Mark is fantastic. I've just managed to get the leaves on. It was a pain to say the least. Every time I put tape down the paint came away. In the end I had to go by hand. It's rough as but sure it'll look great in the air. I got one side done and the put wax paper over and roughly stenciled the leaves then using a pin I poked holes tracing the stencil. This was then shot through with the airbrush then hand painted. It's good enough I think.
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Old Sep 26, 2014, 03:53 PM
Do it Right, the first time!
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You did yourself proud-- looks fantastic Must have been an exercise in patience for sure!!

I've been watching corsair nuts T-38 build in the EDF scratch build forum , and he just finished his cockpit--looks great. I've ofter wondered if you could take a pic, print it out to right scale-- protect it from UV rays --so it doesn't fade so much??

Found a nice pic to work with:

I finally got an answer regarding my CG.. Almost dead on to what I had figured, even with the bigger wings. Got some temp foam formers made so I can start working on the intake ducts- At some point in time, all this will come together and I can get on with the rest of the build!!
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Old Sep 28, 2014, 02:30 AM
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Hey Shane
Looks great !
I know how much work goes into this scheme to get it look right and I used the whole inventory of 4 letter words while brushing mine . And now I even try to aim for the 2003 Porcupine. I must have a streak of masochism in me.
Again: Well done !

Cooler
Another possibility: Do you know someone how flies flight simulators. Snapshots from the game can be useful.
Just a thought.....
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Old Sep 28, 2014, 09:48 AM
Do it Right, the first time!
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Thanks Olli , That idea was brought up in another thread too.
I did find these however_

f-18 cockpit photos
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...os&FORM=HDRSC2

F 18 Cockpit Layout
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ut&Form=IQFRDR

F 18 Cockpit Layout Siulator
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...or&FORM=RESTAB

F 18 Cockpit SolidWorks
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ks&FORM=RESTAB

Just a matter of finding the right one, or ones that will work because of the angles they were taken from. Lots to pick from!!
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Old Sep 28, 2014, 03:43 PM
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Here's the image I used, and a photo that might be useful. I added a bit of colour and enhancements to the panel (with paint or markers) and applied epoxy to the MFD's to simulate glass. Good enough for this kid...
Tom
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Old Sep 28, 2014, 03:46 PM
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Whoops, wrong pic.
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Old Sep 28, 2014, 04:57 PM
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pogoed,

Great image, thanks for sharing.
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Old Oct 12, 2014, 02:36 AM
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Ok, time for an update
Not much done in the last weeks but nevertheless slowly progressing on several fronts.
Wings: Filled the all the wholes with depron and added a balsa TE.
Fuse: Began to spackle/sand the fuse to remove the panel lines. I know it's way too early and I will for sure add some building rashes, but I like to do the "heavy" stuff first as long the pieces are still handy enough to sand.
Camo: Like I wrote in an earlier post, I painted the vert stabs first a the "pièce de résistance". Since I'm using just ordinary waterbased acrylic colors and a cheap "area airbrush" this is a time consuming process. Add a thin layer of color and let it dry, next layer and wait,... I wanted to speed up the process with a hairdryer, but somehow the masking tape didn't like it: It came loose. The orange mix is a tick too red, but I'm committed.
What else: I have a new "lunchtime hobby". By law,, I am required to take a 40 min lunchtime break. Since I'm usually not hungry, I play with visio. After Cooler put the cockpit bug into my head, I began drawing an scalish instrument panel. Not that anyone would see the details after printing it, but hey, somehow you need to spend your time ...

So that's it for now...
Going into the hobby-room to spackle the next part.
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Old Oct 12, 2014, 09:55 PM
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Looks great. Nice work. I've been preoccupied with a remote starter I purchased for my 1/4 scale Yak54 gasser. Soon I'll be back on the F-18. Winters coming fast.
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 09:04 AM
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Hey Ollie, didn't you look for a nice picture of the intakes?
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 02:15 PM
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Hey Ollie That is looking cracker mate! If the rest turns out as good as this then she will be a beuty!
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 05:19 PM
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Subscribed... nice stuff guys.
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