Finished! This turned into a “just one more thing” build and seemed to drag on, but the first seven completions for 2020 are done and I’m generally happy with how they turned out. The big pictures on the computer highlighted a few tweaks and touch ups which are needed but they’re mostly complete. Here’s the list of modifications and details added, some kits required more of these than others:
Cockpits replaced and/or detailed.
Instrument panels, side consoles, and seatbelts printed on photographic paper.
Engines replaced and/or wired.
Wheelwells removed, deepened, and detailed.
Landing gear covers replaced with card stock.
Landing lights made from CD case plastic.
Gear down indicators made from bronze rod.
Vacuform or plunge molded canopies.
Pitot tubes made with metal tube and insect pins.
Beading wire brake lines.
Turned brass cannon barrels from Master.
Various openings and trestle ports drilled out.
Trim tab actuators replaced with wire.
Radio aerials made from Uschi elastic line.
So, overall a fun build but one which took longer than anticipated. I think the next batch will be something a little more current, hopefully one which doesn’t need as many modifications!
WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS (LIFE,LIBERTY,AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT― Thomas Jefferson