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  1. Added detail lines for the Priming pump and Hand Throttle. Replaced the hand throttle as the kit part went flying into the abyss. I think it looks better than the kit part did. Then spent two evenings cleaning up one set of tracks. Finally, parts cleaned and ready for painting and then primed. Hopefully I can get some white put down over the next week. I need to start painting so I can get this done by the end of March in time for the local IPMS contest. Tim
  2. Back from my holiday vacation. Worked on replacing the belt in the engine area. I will see if I want to use it or not when I go to install it and see how visible it is. The reason I want to change it is that it has two bands but the kit part is only shows one. I am just not 100% feeling good about the scratch built part. Planning on starting to paint individual interior parts next weekend. Tim
  3. Love the detail. Amazing work. Tim
  4. The interior is looking fantastic. Cannot wait for the rest of the build. Tim
  5. Amazing scratch building. Great work … tim
  6. Looking forward to this one. I like interior detail. Tim
  7. Did a test fit of the majority of the hull interior. Not shown but tested the support bar for the floor plating and needed to remove the fire suppression connection (will relocate it). Good thing I tested it before any painting. Just need to work on the generator around the transmission area and the drive shaft. After that I think I can start painting the individual items. Tim
  8. My wife always asks, does it actually run…. 😆
  9. Added small details this week. On the firewall added air cleaner door chains, shutter controls (upper left corner and right corner). Once the engine compartment is done and painted, I can add "cabling" to the doors which I will display open. Hinge detail and latches to the ammo storage behind the asst. driver position and finally added the extra headlight storage on top of the battery box and the 30 cal ammo storage clasps. The ammo portion is removal at this point for easy painting. The photo etch over the 30 cal ammo boxes is security by only a little bit of super glue. I have knocked them off numerous times. A few more small details and I should be able to start to paint this area. that is it for now. Tim
  10. I ordered a set for the Meng 1/48 F/A-18E from Hobby Nut and he said there was a delay receiving additional stock due to Quinta be closed temporarily due to. Covid out break for a couple of weeks but are back open but behind and trying to get caught up. Tim
  11. Good progress this week. Added plumbing and cabling for the fire suppression system. The extinguishers themselves are not glued in yet and will be painted before being glued. Added the plumbing for the fuel priming. That is the brass wiring that connects to the firewall. Left connections at the front of the drivers area to connect from the priming pump when the transmission housing is added. Did temporary wiring to the dashboard and did the back of the dashboard with connection points. Cabling to the collector ring which is secured to the storage area attached to the ammo storage. Still "flexible cabling" to be added connecting the collector ring. Finally, some wiring for the Auxiliary Generator. I feel I am moving faster on this section. The goal is to be painting the interior subassemblies by January. Tim
  12. thanks guys I plan on displaying with the turret removed for any competition but can always put it on when not showing it I finally have decided on a plan of how to glue and connect the the wiring from most of the subassemblies. Also thought about cutting the fighting compartment flooring so there are three parts. The one in the middle would be glued to the from and the outer sides over the ammo storage would be able to be removed. Maybe held secure with magnets. Have not figures that out yet. But I feel it is coming along quicker now. I did paint the seats and did some weather on them. Just need to finish the backs of the seats. Tim
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