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Monday, July 18, 2011

Full Metal Thunderhawk Hangar.

 Construction continues at a fevered pace.  Major wood component fabrication is complete.  The bay floor has had insect screen epoxyed onto it to provide some texture and balsa faux doors for the main hanger are complete.  There are two smaller faux doors that will appear in the scene as well as a small tower and some conduit/duct work for the opposite wall.  These smaller components I'm thinking will be started Wednesday.  The two hangar bay walls detach for transport/painting.  Placement of the model in the scene should be done later today so holes can be sited for fastening wires and for electrical attachments.  That should follow up with backside routing of channel for the wiring.  Once the woodworking portion is complete the outside of the display box can be finished with sealer and interior detail construction can begin. 
The heavy bolter sponsons are on although some modelling remains to be done to extend the ammunition feeds to actually connect with the underside of the weapon mounting.  Tail assemblies have been reattached and paint repairs are underway.

A problem with the primer not having bonded well with the underlying metal caused the paint to crack off in large flakes where it had been damaged in the deconstruction process.  This is causing larger areas to need repainting.  Hopefully I can get the cockpit canopy on this evening and begin paint detail clean up and repaints where required.  Many areas just need to be redone completely.

The other current project is, of course, the Runtbot.  The Runtbot base is almost ready to have the masking tape removed although this may be a bit tricky as I seem to have constructed a portion of the scene on the masking tape... oops!   A few areas on the Runtbot itself need revising and highlight touch up.  I'll do this tomorrow if my allergies cooperate... Achoo!

Clock is ticking... back to work I go!

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