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Old 03-19-2010, 11:27 AM
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Hey Bob,
It's not lack of experience that keeps me away from vacuum forming. Back in the day when I had my own company, we had a number of vacuum form machines, from 2"x4" up to 4'x4'. I still have a 2'x2' machine gathering dust in the garage. My problem is that I just have too much stuff and I'd need to build another small machine just to handle the very few canopies I need to form. Heat forming is quick and easy and I don't need any special equipment I don't already have.
If I was still doing p*****c models, I probably would build a new former. They are handy items!
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:37 PM
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She's essentially done except for two self inflicted wounds that need to be treated.
Three bombs went together pretty well.
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The first of the wounds was a misinterpretation on my part. I thought that because the wings had such strong framing, that the landing gear wire would glue into them. Not the case, and unfortunately I didn't put any support in the wing. So ignore the wobbly landing gear in these shots. They will be reinforced as soon as I figure out the best surgical procedure.:o I think I'm going to cut into the wheel well and see if I can slip some foam in there. Other suggestions are welcome.

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Below you can see the second issue. And this is embarrassing. Once I finish a set of props/spinner, I have a habit of twirling it to see if it moves much air. So I gave this one a good twirl... not realizing that I had not yet glued the blades in.:o So... somewhere in my very cluttered workspace is the real lost blade (didn't even see it fly!). I mocked up a placeholder for it and it will have to do until I find the real deal.

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This is a good model with well fitting parts. Being used to the older MM kits, this one was a very pleasant surprise!
Chris
PS. if you need me, I'll be crawling around on the floor looking for that blade!!
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:52 PM
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Looks great.
I built this one a few years ago, mostly because of the Penguin. I wasn't expecting anything good but was pleasantly surprised too.

I forgot to put in the machine guns... had to do some surgery on that.
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:26 PM
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Fantastic build Chris - the canopy looks great.
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:29 PM
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After reviewing the case, it was decided that surgery should be done immediately. I sliced into the wheel well area and glued in two medical grade pieces of high density styrofoam. The operation was a success. The patient's legs are now straight and strong and the patient is resting peacefully;
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Still no sign of the darn prop blade, though.
Chris
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:36 PM
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it looks very nice that plane

the mystic meg in me "in my crystal ball i am seeing look to the tray for the printer for the missing blade"
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