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Old 09-20-2009, 03:08 PM
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Just realized that I've been building without posting! Sorry!
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Wings on! I wound up with a gap in one wing (entirely my fault) and so I added a disguising strip.

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Landing gear on! Not very difficult, but not well designed, either. And there isn't a very good diagram for this, either.

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The machine gun is a funny looking thing, kinda cartoony.

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On to what I assumed would be the real challenge on this model for me; the machine gun bubble. After an aborted attempt to build it out of cut clear plastic, I decided to go with Glen's technique of building the paper canopy, filling it with Sculpey and baking it to make a form, and then pulling heated plastic down on it. Here's the Sculpey form in front of the corresponding paper part.

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I decided the best way to attempt this one would be to form the plastic as side halves, rather than try for the entire form from the top. After a couple of tries I realized that I needed to get the form higher and more removed from ground level so I could pull the plastic closer and even under the form a bit, so I mounted it on a post and this helped tremendously.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:11 PM
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Looks great, Chris!

It sometimes occurs to me that the early MMs are somewhat akin to the WWII-era Megow models. The basis for a very good model in the right hands, but a challenge.

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Old 09-20-2009, 03:16 PM
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The bubble came together, but not really very well. I had to do a lot of trimming and fitting everywhere and it still didn't come out correctly.
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The area where the machine gun comes out should be much narrower than it wound up being. I could have made it work, but not without revealing the seam line of the plastic.
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While it's definitely visible when the canopy is in place, I don't think it's too, too horrible. Especially when considering the overall look of this older kit and my horrendous color mismatch!
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:35 PM
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Canopy looks pretty darn good to me!
Considering the age of the kit, it builds into a nice model - or is this just your skill in creating a good model out of a horrible kit?
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:42 PM
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Canopy and turret are great! You have transformed this old clunker into a really fine model.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:24 PM
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FINISHED! There's still five pieces that I haven't found a home for; three are short rods and two are ????, who knows?:(

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The color mismatch is a real pain, but I'm thinking maybe some camo or snow camo to cover the obvious differences. Maybe I can just paint the whole thing black for night ops.

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All in all, this isn't a terrible kit, but it's not a particularly good one, either. There are the typical misfits and misprints of a MM kit of the era, but the SU-2 is not a particularly dramatic looking aircraft to begin with....

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I think I need to put on a heavier antenna wire. I can't even see this 2 lb. mono one!

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I raced through the rest of the canopy. It came out OK, but I forgot to color the inside of the frame and had to go in after and blacken it with a marker. :o

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I think I next need to build something that fits a little better, has adequate diagrams (possibly even English instructions!) and doesn't need to be recolored.

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Old 09-20-2009, 04:36 PM
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Looks great! Way to go. Still plenty of time to do more kits.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:49 PM
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Looks great! Way to go. Still plenty of time to do more kits.
Still got the ORP Dzik to finish and the FT-17. Plus waiting for my delivery of "antiquariate" (sp?) kits from GPM that got me killed... I got better. It's got two MM flyers I've been after for a while.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:21 PM
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Great build Chris, I don't know why you "need to build something that fits a little better, has adequate diagrams (possibly even English instructions!) and doesn't need to be recolored." You did such a good job on this one.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:31 PM
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This is spectacularly excellent, Chris.

Did you notice that there is a slight color variation between the rear of the fuselage and the rest of the airplane?

He said with a straight face.

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