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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lights on

 The lights went on today.  The power coupling issue turned out to be a short due to an insufficiently wide opening damaging some insulation.  The cockpit lights turned out not to be a failure of pre-installation testing but rather that I physically broke one of the leads on the LED while positioning the cockpit.  That's all fixed and the cockpit is installed .. for the third (and hopefully final) time.

The searchlight fall areas are roughed in although the final layout will depend on how I approach the off board lights that should illuminate the upper structure of the model.
It is possible that the on board lights will be illumination landing crew work spaces instead of the landing gear.  From here I'll have to do the engines and upper structure.  I'm a little concerned about the Canard installation as I've closed the forward hull.  I've got them on long brass rod so it "should" be fairly straight forward to slide them into position even with the hull closed.  The top isn't pinned on so I could rip it out if need be.
Here you should be able to make out some of the cockpit lighting.  The fail photography doesn't help here but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  there are some illuminated buttons floor light and some side panel effects.  Its all pretty low key.

The next element that I'm really not looking forward to is adding the upper wing assembly.  Hopefully I've got the wings in good alignment when it comes time.  The wing engines will have to go on before the top wing is added and that sharply limits what little flexibility there is in the wing assembly.

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