I'm nearing the end of the aerosan build. The engine went together easily enough, aside from some minor adjustments for fit into the nacelle.
a - fan belt fashioned out of thin copper wire with black insulation (I knew I kept that around for a good reason!)
b - exhaust pipe fashioned from a spare AFV grab bar cut in half and hollowed out with a pin vise
c - the kit included a large flywheel to house the prop shaft, but I don't think many aerosans had them and it would end up obstructing any possible views of the already-mostly-hidden engine when finished...so I left it off, instead finding a poly cap in my spares box to act as the prop shaft housing
d - my usual telescoping brass rods technique to achieve free-spinning props
(sorry for the fuzzy pic...didn't realize it until afterwards)
Fuselage was problem-free. A touch of putty in one or two spots, but otherwise very well done on Trumpeter's part. I've never built one of their kits before, so I don't know if this is standard quality for them.
I attached the headlamp mount when I was sick with a head cold, so I wasn't thinking too straight. I glued the piece on upside-down, realized it after it was dry, then tried to pry it off and ended up sending it stratospheric. Fortunately it was a very basic shape and I was able to fashion a new mount out of Evergreen.
Final assembly before painting it all white. Same high-quality fit as noted before.
I painted the ski/shock struts separately, then added them on to try to break up the uniformity of the white paint job. Assembly of those struts was effortless. In fact, the diagonal supports between the struts and the fuselage didn't even require glue, the kit simply holds them tightly in place! Engine is installed and my custom exhaust pipe fits perfectly in the hole I drilled for it. Proud moment right there
Nacelle is closed up, seats are painted and installed, and dashboard is painted. The dash was surprisingly bare...I don't know that I can blame Trumpeter, the actual aerosans were likely just as spartan. The dash was painted black, dials painted white, tick marks picked out in black and needles in red, and all dials sealed with Future for a glassy look. I had no reference for what the dials actually reported, so I made a little mix of possibilities.
From here, it's all about touch-ups, final assembly, and weathering. And maybe the figures, if I ever feel like getting around to that. I start work again in July, so I'm really hoping to be done in the next week or two.