About a year ago I posted a little filk and teased about the subject. Well, now I've got some actual progress made. Here's the fuselage with its Bra.Z nose and tail parts:
The heart of the conversion. Trympeter's duckbill nose replaced by the Bear A nose from Bra.Z:
And a test fit, with wings and tailplanes held in place by friction and bloody-mindedness. I have to say that I'm less than impressed by the fit of the trumpeter parts. The detail is very nice,but it's going to be obliterated by all the filler I'm going to need to use. Look at the horrible fit of the engine nacelles to the wings.
In retrospect, I ought to have tracked down a Revell Bear, even though the conversion would have been more difficult with all the radomes I would have needed to remove from the fuselage and tailplanes. I'm also not very impressed by that ridiculously thick leading edge, The real Bear's leading edge was much more aerodynamic.