the upper intakes were roughed out, I marked off and cut out the vent
holes at the back of the doghouse. There are a number of different
patterns, the blueprints for Airwolf slightly differ from photos of
another Bell 222, which differ from the vents on the Airwolf full-size
replica! I ended up using the pattern similar to the one used by
Airwolf_Crazy on his, which closely matches the Airwolf Blueprints.
Cleaning up the rounded
corners of the holes, and doing final touchups on the upper intakes
required a coat of primer so I could see the imperfections better.
I sent the part to Bryan's Custom Restoration for a quick coat of 2-part
primer, then finished it off (for now).
Here is a picture of the
finished upper intakes. They will eventually get a black mesh at
the rear of the intake..
I was so happy with the
result, I decided to add about 5mm of relief to the lower intakes as
well. For this, I started by using CA to affix strips of foam to
the edges of the intakes:
Then, I coated the inside
with Evercoat Metal Glaze, and sanded everything smooth with 150
grit. Some Tamiya Green putty filled the small holes and
imperfections, then 320 grit polished it off...
Here is the other side.
From the inside, you can
see the foam, which is now glazed on the inside, and epoxy coated on the
outside. This gives strength to the otherwise fragile foam, and
makes it as solid as the rest of the fuselage.