"Confession is good for the soul...or so some believe...(thus, I gave Matty permission to publish this) post...(to report a) major casualty at the Orange Park Unterzeesbootwerke yesterday. Whilst masking off the bow section for the non-skid runner from the tower to the bow cap, one of the retracted bow planes parted ways with the remainder of the boat and fell INTO the fully-enclosed hull.
I wish I could blame it on sabotage, but believe this injury to be self-inflicted. After much advice gathering, I had elected to show both planes in the retracted position. (Editor's note: Oh Boy - here it comes...) That position turned out to be not fully conducive to a firm mechanical fit (Oh right - and I suppose that's my fault now! -Ed.), but I was reasonably satisfied that I had the little buggers firmly affixed...but, alas! I assessed the situation and came up with two plans of action. The first involved shaking the entire assembly in the (vain) hope that enough of the plane would reappear in the opening to permit retrieval. No such luck.
Plan B involved digging into the old stash and pulling out my OTHER Type 206A. Just finished gluing the second hull together...I will apply the lessons learned so far to improve the current iteration.. After deep reflection, I determined that this time I would show BOTH planes extended and to hell with the Revell instructions! I reminded myself that I build to please myself and don't really give a "R-cubed" what any judgemental types may think. (That's the spirit, Gus! LMAO -Ed.)
I see no reason at this time why this boat will not still be ready for JaxCon in February...Pictures as soon as they are presentable.
...As for the original 206 (model), I will utilize it as a weathering and paint testbed...it won't go to waste. One day I may even split the hull or pry off the bowcap and resurect the craft.
...Concurrent construction continues apace on the Type IIB... "