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This is the Hobby Boss kit. The plane I chose to model was an early production aircraft that was utilized as a “school” plane that only carried the outboard wing guns. I blanked off the inner guns and shell ejection chutes. The kit aerial is inaccurate and was replaced by brass tubing squeezed to the appropriate oval shape and inserted into a hole drilled into the windscreen. Kit decals are of poor quality and were replaced by RB Productions decal sheet # 48021. These decals are excellent. Canopy slide rails were added to the cockpit side walls. Fly tying lead wire was used for brake lines and stretched sprue used as aerial wire. Baffles were added to the starboard wing oil cooler intake, and stripped pitot tube was hand painted.
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