Many many thanks.
Russ just took me a while to get my ducks in a row. Kits like these definitely take a bit of a different approach to get them to play. At least now I can move forward.
I am thinking that I want another of these but you are right I am not sure how soon.
Russ first and foremost, thank you (Publicly) for the links to the pictures and those you emailed. Wonderful stuff. Got to go searching for another of these kits.
Russ you have my interest peaked. I did not know that. I look forward to what you find.
The review is truly spot on. There are several issues to be sure. The seats are just one of them. Another will be the wing roots. More on that soon. This is not a kit I would recommend for one just beginning in the hobby. Going to take some serious tools out of my toolbox to work this out.
Looking good! And a nice choice of subject, that's certainly something one doesn't see built every day.
Now that's quite some deviation from the instructions indeed. To be honest, painting the main airframe components at such an early stage of the build, some even while still on the sprue, looks quite daunting to me. Even with these current era Special Hobby kits being a far cry from their earlier limited run days and going together quite well (I'm currently finishing their Folland Gnat, and it's been excellent), you're still facing quite a lot of touch-up paint work after you've finished the seams. But hey, if that works the best for you, then that's all that matters.
I not it's not a big deal but the shoulder straps are on backwards. The loop for the lap buckle should be on the inside.
Not that it will ever be seen or even matters.
Joe, interesting work so far. I've read a review on the kit over at IPMS USA which is not complete yet, but said the seats sit a little low in the cockpit-- just something to look out for. You're building the B-18, I'm building the B-18A, and there are some differences in the nacelles between these birds. The interesting thing is the McChord B18A seems to have the nacelles and upper turret from a B-18. The B-18A (and some late B-18s) had an exhaust system that runs back along the top of the nacelle. I haven't sorted that out yet-- there's a color video on line of Hawaiian based B-18s flying around the islands-- The link is at:
You can also get it by searching B-18 Bolo.wmv. There's also a book, "B18 Bolo and B-23 Dragon, America's Forsaken Warriors" by Dan Hagedorn Sr.- Dan Hagedorn is the curator emeritus of the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Supposedly this is the definitive work on the B18. If you'd like the photos send me a PM.