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I started work on this last week and it was going to make a sneaky appearance during the Yasur build but I dropped it and the cockpit fell out.

I'm including it here rather than the helicopter group build as I doubt it will be finished before its deadline.

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@Invictaag please note the cause of your filler shortage.

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54 minutes ago, Jessie_C said:

Is this the version with the spidery landing gear and the cool bus?

Almost but without the civvy markings and the bus. :D

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I thought you were having a go at one of those helijets out of "Thunderbirds" that rather

light's Arctica's fire.

Cockpitski fell out? not enough big rivets to hold it in Comrade ....

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Fantastic start, I considered doing this one myself as well but at the moment I have no room in the display cabinet for something this size.  I will be following this with interest.

I saw a built one on display at a show last year (at Hinckley I think), in my opinion it was the best model at the show.

 

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44 minutes ago, AndrewE said:

I have no room in the display cabinet

No room ? What's that got to do with it?  I usually find that I underestimate the rotor diameters. 

I don't like helicopters all folded up

One of the advantages of this lockdown is that I'll eventually get around to getting stuck into the skip I call my study

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17 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Jesus.... rich put it in the gb I'm sure it'll get done, go on 

As you can all now see..I was just following orders!

If I carry on with this I may have to neglect the Spitfire. Phantom

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I did some sanding,more filling,more filling,more sanding ,more filling...do you see a pattern here even without the aid of a photograph?

Tomorrow should see that finished and I should be able to get started on the keyhole surgery required to get the cockpit stuff back in.

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39 minutes ago, RWG686 said:

I did some sanding,more filling,more filling,more sanding ,more filling...do you see a pattern here even without the aid of a photograph?

Tomorrow should see that finished and I should be able to get started on the keyhole surgery required to get the cockpit stuff back in.

I hope it is all going to be worth the effort, I'm looking for some inspiration to clear space in the cabinet and get mine out of the stash.

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OK..I know it's Amodel,but really?

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I'll need to do a bit of serious thinking here.

The nose cone is too deep. I'll also consider replacing the windows aft of the bubble as they look just awful.

The problem is that I will need to do this before any progress can be made. The fuselage will need to be painted and the decals applied before the undercarriage and gubbins goes on.

Ach weel ! as they say in my home town.

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Is the nose bowl a separate piece? If so, you can probably make a form the proper size and smash-mould a replacement more easily than trying to force that monstrosity to fit.

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Having had a nice dinner and given this some thought, here is the plan.

@Jessie_C suggests plunge moulding a new nose cone. I'm really crap at that ( 7 attempts on a Pucara..remember it?..so far)

I reckoned that it would be easier to work with the fuselage plastic so out came the saw and some surgery ensued. A wee shim cut off from under the floor which should help.

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The nose cone was lightly sanded around the mating surface and a quick tack on got me this.

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I'm a lot happier with that join as it will be a damned sight easier to smooth off.

Next is the windscreen and quarterlight piece. This also has part of the roof moulded in and the instrument panel is attached to it.

Some gentle sanding to make sure the quarterlights fit the sills and the front fits the nosecone.

Looks not too bad. Sorry it blurred.

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Mil Mi-10s had two types of window for the pilots. One had a sliding bubble and the other had a door with a flat pane.

Sods law dictates that my chosen subject has the bubble. ( I've seen two so it was a fifty-fifty chance!)

More gentle sanding to reduce the front angle gets me this.

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I will try and polish the piece and if that works I'll have that open cast coal mine at the back to fill in.

If it doesn't Ill make a new flat piece for the part behind the bubble.

That's the plan anyway. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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5 hours ago, Jessie_C said:

What about sanding down the open end of the nose bowl to reduce the diameter?

Thats what I meant by a light sanding of the mating surface.

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8 hours ago, Toolmaker said:

Was it something you did in a past life Richard?

I think I must have been a bad bad man !

The problem is that sometimes the subject is only available from Amodel and is compounded by the fact that I am not the world's best modeller.

8 hours ago, Toolmaker said:

Your perseverance inspires

Glad to assist and give you all a laugh in these troubled times.

One saving grace in the build is that there is no PE 😁

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Now this is why I don't like making helicopters, just too many bits that (don't) fit together. Nice recovery withthe glazing.

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