Skyline's Grumman AF-2S Gaurdian BETA BUILD

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    I then glued the glass to the fuselage front office. It is a huge bit of open glass so I modeled it buttoned up...

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    The other side view...

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    The other bit of progress was building up the main gear. The parts all go together to add support when it is mounted in the wing recess. The small strut pieces have to be placed when it gets placed in the gear wells..

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    The other bit of progress was the prop blades, nothing special, rolled the blades to give them an aerofoli shape and butt glued together. I placed flat toothpicks to give a little strength when I give the blades a twirl on the spinner...

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    Some Teeth...

    I discarded the Brass looking first run torpedo with a repainted engine grey fish. Also Jeremiah sent the drawings of how it was to go together so I rebuilt it as designed. Actually looks alot cooler, heres a collage pic with the slings attached for mounting in the bay...

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    I'd say that's a pretty good bit of progress, compared to my snails pace at least. Good looking torpedo...

    Rick
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    Et Finito!!!

    Finally, after many delays and intrusions on my modeling "career" I managed to finish the project. In all a very well designed kit, There are very few "bugs' if any in this Beta build. I mentioned to Jeremiah at Skyline a few suggested alterations, mostly unneccesary, just things to make a simple modeler's life easier. The main wings could have a bit more spar at the base, although as designed there is No sag or problems, it just occurs when you slide the wing onto the spar root. The tail sections have very sparse frameing, and might do with a bit at the rudder tip. The tail wheel assembly is basic but looks good, I just built up the sections to a 3d bunch of objects, and probably slightly weakened the thing! There should be a little written guidance on the fuselage sections aft of the main cockpit, which has the double conical section. Anyways all in all a very pleasing kit of a very HUGE single engined prop plane. Other companies and designers should take note, we modelers like obscure, rare aircraft. We don't need another ME/BF 109 or FW190 or any other aircraft that has been done to death! The Naval airpowers of the world have a bunch of subjects just ripe for building up. The Korean war era aircraft are sadly represented, and an Arab/Israeli set of aircraft would be welcome also.

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    Some more Walkaround pics...

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    some more pics...

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    More...

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    The torpedo bay...

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    Some nice full size pics...

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    The revised tailwheel installed...

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    The belly shot...

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    A few more...

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    The end....

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    Cmdrted's "skunk works"

    Here is a shot of the mayhem after and during the build. Now for some clean up and a little 20 year old tawny..... Port wine you leches! And a ponder as to the next project....

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    Fabulous finish Commander!! This is really an interesting aircraft, and you have done an awesome job, as always! You DESERVE that Port!

    I like the mayhem pic. I try to keep a tidy work area, but I shant show the worst in-progress pics!

    Rick
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    Beautiful! Lots of great angles! This kit looks like something that will be added to the "list" once it's out! And you've done a great job on it! Thanks for the great thread!

    Chris
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    I'm jealous. He got one first! (And I designed it) Of course, he did all the work, so he deserves it. Any tally on the final dimensions? I figured around 22"x16" or something in that range. I may have to add the 'Hunter' version of the airplane one of these days. I think building just ONE of these monsters is plenty, though. (and plenty of occupied shelf space)