I would like to show it off, but trouble is the kit comes with a one piece canopy. I was thinking of cutting it into the appropriate sections so it can be shown open. I think this will be easy enough with a razor saw, the trouble is the canopy on this bird is designed so the sections slide under each other.
since it was molded as one piece, my concern is that the resulting sections will be too thick to slide under each other. I am curious if there is a method to work around this without lots of sanding of the underside surfaces followed by lots of tedious polish? For anyone who follows the IJN/IJA campaign, you’ll know I spilled glue on the lower wings of my Jill and had to buy another kit to replace the wing. The silver lining is I have two shots at the canopy fix
There is a machine you can get but if using 0.005 clear plastic I would think a hair dryer might be enough to bend the plastic to shape.
I would cut strips for each section, with plenty of extra to trim to fit. In theory you wouldn’t need to add anything for the frame as the plastic would mold to it but it would plan to cut additional small strips for the frame work. Lay/hold the large strip over the canopy and with the hair dryer on hot wave over til the plastic bends. May need to polish the exterior with high grit sandpaper (1000+) depending on the clarity afterwards.
The Dead Design canopies are very good - only my opinion of course but they are worth every penny. If you do go that route check to see that the offering for this kit includes open canopy sections- most do .
As you recognize, your cockpit looks very good indeed and well worth the effort/ expense of a vac canopy or thinning and rework of the kit piece.
Since I have a spare to ruin, I might try to go the cutting and thinning route first. If that fails I may look at the dead design canopy. They do look
Quite nice. Hopefully I can find one closer to me. The one I found was only $10 but shipping was another $13