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CF-18 439 Sqn Tiger Meet


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Thanks folks! Progress is coming along nicely. Better than I had thought it might. 

I installed the resin intakes. By leaving the front half unglued it was easy enough to bend them apart slightly and slip in each intake. Before I did that, I painted the interiors in white and added the engine fan faces. 

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Here you can see both intakes in place and the front still unglued. 

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Once the CA dried, I aligned the sides and houses them together. 

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Next up was the fuselage sides. To get the edges lined as best as possible, I inserted a piece of sprue to act as a spreader bar. This was temporary as it lifted the gear bay high enough so I could glue it to the side but too far from the top. 

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I then glued the side panel in place along the MLG bay and fuselage bottom only. PXL_20210829_204036755.thumb.jpg.e07c2738722aec6a86934a8afafb90dd.jpg

This left a small gap along the sides.

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But once the bottom seam was dry I inserted a knife blade and pushed the spreader bar loose. The fuselage gap then closed up. 

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Once this side dries, I'll see if I have to do the same on the other side. 

I closed up the front fuselage halves as well. This was straightforward without any issues. 

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These resin-intakes are a great addition and the view through them to the 1st compressor stage is awesome. Will buy these for mine too (if they are available).

I really like your approach how to solve the problems. Will keep your postings in mind when I build mine.

Curious to see the next update! 

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Great work on the intakes and of course the absolutely gorgeous looking pit. It's a good idea to strengthen the joins on such a big bird, to have a better control of the gaps and a sturdier plane in all. You may start to raise a tiny bit of interest in me into a plane, I never had any love for, shape ways. Keep on with your good work Carl.

Cheers Rob 

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1 hour ago, mark31 said:

nice going on the hornet.

 

Mark

Thanks Mark!

1 hour ago, DocRob said:

Great work on the intakes and of course the absolutely gorgeous looking pit. It's a good idea to strengthen the joins on such a big bird, to have a better control of the gaps and a sturdier plane in all. You may start to raise a tiny bit of interest in me into a plane, I never had any love for, shape ways. Keep on with your good work Carl.

Cheers Rob 

Thanks Rob! I've been more of an F-16 fan myself and my favourite oil burner is still the Tomcat but the RCAF did so many unique schemes that they've slowly won me over with the Hornet. 

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Thanks gents! 

Got the second vertical side of the intakes glued in place.

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I still had to do some sanding but it wasn't too bad. There's a bit of CA for filler too around the intake join but again, not much

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Now onto a bit of re-scribing the odd panel line or two.

Carl

 

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The CF-18 is back on the bench. I finished off engraving the panels lines that were sanded off. I'll double check them when I get to primer.

I took a look at the resin replacement vertical tails that I have. They're nice but one was a hit warped and has a bit of mould slip.

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The big difference between it and the kit ones are the omission of the centre radar fairing.

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I used a thin chisel to shave it off.

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Then, once it was flush I had to scrape away the base plate of the antenna.

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One more to go. 

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