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Monday, December 13, 2010

Engines added to the Full Metal Thunderhawk

A few weeks have gone by since my last progress report.  In the interim my wife returned from an overseas deployment and we took a vacation.  Of course that lands us squarely in the holiday season so there are a lot of interruptions.  Realistically I won't get a whole lot done until after New Year.  In the meantime I am poking a stick at this when I have some time and am in the same building!  Here I've added the main bodies of the wing mounted engines.  The engines still have afterburners and the intake fan/nacelle but they can be added after the upper wing assembly.  Even though the pieces fit together snugly during the test fittings things have changed slightly so there will be some additional filling to work in.  I'm hoping to get the upper wing assembly installed this week as the wings cannot support the engine weight without it.  The elastic bands are doing a good job of stabilizing the situation but I'll feel better when the wings are finally locked in place.   Of course I have to finish the filling and blending before that can happen so I'm hoping to get to that tomorrow.

Name wise I ultimately went with went with Ferrum Ira many thanks to DimmyK!

I should be able to begin the display base layout now that the dimensions are known.  I have a lot of concept sketches that I need to put to scale.

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