How to get a better looking
canopy out of the one supplied with the
scale P-47 Razorback model by 21st Century
After extensive head-scratching
over this important feature of the model and pictures of the real
thing, I think a completely new canopy is indeed needed.
However, maybe we could
still get a viable solution by working on the clear parts of the
kit. I've not yet put my hands on it, but this is my idea.
This is the canopy as supplied
by the Company.
It has a lot of problems: the
sliding half is too tall, too 'V' shaped and has an howful (to
the eye) sliding mechanism.
The windshield is too tall, too
wide, and the horizontal frame should be stright.
(compare it with these 2 pics: http://www.web-birds.com/9th/404/halbw3.jpg and http://www.bobafettmp.com/warbirds/panoramas/images/P-47-2
I think the following
cuttings and sawing off's should be done (red areas):
Apart from my poor expertise in
photo-retouching, the result should be this:
including some extensive puttying of
the area previously open for the sliding mechanism.
Well, maybe not the easiest task ever,
but I'm quite confident it works.
Any comment or idea is appreciated.
PS: this is a photo of my model with
new wheels. These are rubber R/C tyres. I still have to put on
the resin copies of the hub I've made. But they already look
good, sure better than those thin wheels the kit comes with. The
landing gear is still rectractable.