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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #45 on: March 16, 2019, 06:02:31 AM »
I tend to use more styrene than putty when I do my projects. I've learnt that pre-bending styrene with a heat gun to the approximate size/bend (usually a little bigger) I can sand it down to what I want. Any little defects I find afterwards then gets a swipe of putty but is usually very minimal..

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #46 on: March 16, 2019, 09:07:11 PM »
I tend to use more styrene than putty when I do my projects. I've learnt that pre-bending styrene with a heat gun to the approximate size/bend (usually a little bigger) I can sand it down to what I want. Any little defects I find afterwards then gets a swipe of putty but is usually very minimal..

Sure beat my "light a candle and curse the (stretched) sprue" method.

Thanks for sharing those tips, Robert!

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #47 on: April 04, 2019, 07:59:42 AM »
I got back from vacation in Bahamas and Disney World. Had to go and give a bunch of my money to the mouse! Actually my wife and best friend conspired to force me to celebrate my 60th birthday. Magnificent time but still recovering from the sunburn.
So I finally sanded down the last layer of putty. Came out pretty good so I brushed on some paint as primer. A couple of spots showed up but nothing I can't deal with. Not much to take pics of right now but it looks like I better figure out a paint scheme real quick.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2019, 12:51:36 PM »
I hand painted on some grey as a primer and puttied a couple of small spots. Real life is pretty busy these days so progress has been slow. Now that the weather is warming up I might be able to bring out the airbrush in the garage and do some decent painting.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #49 on: April 19, 2019, 10:55:41 PM »
Real life is pretty busy these days so progress has been slow.

Happens every time you get back from vacation   ;D ;D ;D

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2019, 12:10:09 AM »
So true! My son is getting married soon so lots of distraction going on there also!
I also have projects lined up in my brain and I keep thinking of new ones!

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2019, 08:45:19 AM »
I still want to build the sensor port under the lengthened part of the fuselage. I'm going to take a hint from the F-35 EOTS port under the nose.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2019, 08:50:09 AM by kerick »

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #52 on: April 20, 2019, 08:50:46 AM »
So much of heavy work is done, am sure you will finish it well in due time.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #53 on: April 20, 2019, 09:00:51 AM »
Thanks!!

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #54 on: April 28, 2019, 12:37:37 PM »
The last stage of PSR is complete!!!  :thumbsup:
I attached the control surfaces back to their original places but in a lowered position. The white plastic is material I added to bring them into a shape that fit properly in a lowered position.







Now I have to build the sensor windows like the F-35 EOTS, just bigger.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2019, 12:30:08 PM »
Why bigger?  The F-35 EOTS is plenty powerful as is and should suffice.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #56 on: May 07, 2019, 02:18:37 AM »
I've been working on the sensor windows lately. Started with some large plastic sequins.



I glued several layers of plastic together and cut some angled surfaces. I CA glued sequins to the surfaces and trimmed to fit. I had to replace the sequin parts a couple of time until I got it right.  :banghead:





I think it sits too high right now. I'll try to sand it down so it's less high than wide. It's just sitting in place right now until painting is done. At least I got the surfaces presentable as I ran out of usable CA glue. I know its bigger than the F-35 EOTS but I'm saying this is an earlier version that's a little more bulky.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #57 on: May 07, 2019, 03:42:01 AM »
@Kerick - yeah, have to agree with your observations on the height of the sensor windows.  Height aside, it definitely looks great.  Also an excellent work-around to resolving a problem.   
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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #58 on: May 07, 2019, 03:49:05 AM »
I wouldn’t bother referencing EOTS at all.  Just call this part of the dedicated sensor package.
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Offline kitnut617

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #59 on: May 07, 2019, 04:08:33 AM »
IMHO is a bit big all over kerick, at least from what I've seen up close