I have made some progress in the meantime.
First, the nose has been put in place. easy job, although it was a bit spacious here and a bit too narrow there. With a bit of fiddling and gentle force it was all handled and taken care of.
No pictures of that, I am afraid. But you can see a bit of the nose in the first three shots:
|Hard to see but I have left a hole open in the nose for the three protruding engine exhaust pipes.|
|Pilot ready for action.|
|Another good use of a redundant lighting filter booklet. Still got many many colours left!|
The clear front end windows of the cockpit were made from a ziploc bag I had laying around and the top windows, which in reality seem to have a greenish tint preventing sun glare were made from a piece of lighting filter from a sample booklet (it was LEE 121, if you want to know). I reinforced the insides of the window pane with CA.
|Pilot glued to his seat|
The windows now seem to be a bit hard to get into place, I think due to the addition of the coloured filter part. That will be solved in the coming days. I already cut out the bulge part where the rotors will go and a part of the tail section. That will come up too, just like the rest of the crew and Gus.
There was a question on Papermodelers whether I would make the rotors like they were spinning, so on a transparent disk with a blurred effect on the four rotors. That indeed is a nice effect, but when I thought about it, I realised it really is a frozen moment in time. The sea doesn't move, the water pouring out of the spacecraft doesn't move, the helicopter hangs frozen in the air. That also means for me the rotors should be completely still. So, I will just make the rotors and have them like they are. The spinning prop-idea is a nice one for something else, maybe.
The next days might be a bit unpredictable, we might have to pick up our new (old) car (at least I hope we can) and the 27th is my birthday, with 41 candles to blow out. I sometimes have the feeling 1990 is just ten years ago but it clearly isn't. I am getting old. But perhaps I'll find some time to do some building.