Well, just because the deadline for the group build passed, it doesn’t mean that work on 203 has ceased. In fact, progress has continued more or less steadily at Casa Del Mongoose.
Since the last photo was posted, i dropped the other wing. Really. Bent up the wingtip like a potato chip, just like the other wing. However, i managed to fix it. I’ll spare you the gory details.
More importantly, my display base from Mario Catana arrived!
The size of the base was driven mainly by the dimensions of the filing cabinet it will rest on, so the base is a little bit smaller than what i would normally go with, and its a tight fit. I tried posing the model a couple of different ways on the base to see what would look the best….
Note that i have put bits of Tamiya tape on the nose, wingtips and vertical fins as well as the ventrals (not clearly visible), as part of my “bonk-proofing” protocol.
The landing gear is not quite done, but i needed the model on its “Feet” in order to take an accurate height measurement for the display case dimensions. As usual, i went to TAP plastics here in NE Portland and they are on the case (literally and figuratively) I will say the fit of the landing gear is very positive- nothing vague, loose or floppy in regards to the fit. It’s details like this that make the plane a lot easier to get thru the “end game” cleanly and with a minimum of hassle.
After comparing the angles and how much “real estate’ was available next to the boarding steps, we’ve decided to go with displaying the model transversely across the landing area. We also looked into adding a towbar, but the base is a little on the small side for that, plus to do it right i would need to break apart the nosewheel torque link and drop the lower part. At this point in the game, more work than i want to do on the model, especially since i think i’d wind up partially destroying the strut in order to re configure-it.
So, when i get home, back to the “fiddly bits” like the landing gear struts, ejection seats, hook, and miscellaneous detail and re-painting work.
More to come. Be there, or be rectilinear.