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Ibex 1/48 T-6 Texan II
South Australia, Australia
Joined: August 14, 2007
KitMaker: 5,926 posts
AeroScale: 2,201 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 12:44 PM UTC
Brian (FHVN4D) has written an In-Box review of the Ibex Texan II for your viewing pleasure and it can be found here.

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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: May 25, 2008
KitMaker: 10 posts
AeroScale: 6 posts
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 06:58 AM UTC
Many agree that the canopies are the weak point of this kit. I don't know why the canopy framing is so off, but have been waiting for someone in the aftermarket to pick up on this. I'm also hoping for photo-etch to detail up the cockpit, as it is wide open when the canopy is left open. Good luck on the build!
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: April 07, 2008
KitMaker: 803 posts
AeroScale: 42 posts
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 08:57 AM UTC
I have very little intention of using the kit supplied canopies unless I have absolutely no choice. Part of my fear is that I have never dealt with a vacuum formed piece before. I would much rather put an aftermarket canopy on, because it is such a focal point. I am also trying to think of any other kit that would share a similar canopy design that could be made to work with it
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
KitMaker: 6,952 posts
AeroScale: 6,239 posts
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 10:52 AM UTC
Having the very same kit, Ive been tempted to use the kit canopies as the basis for smash-moulding my own replacement. Fill the canopy with plaster of paris, then file down the horrible frame marks once it's dry, put on proper frames with foil, then thermoform a new canopy over the plaster mould. Then after you've got a good canopy finished, you can drill the plaster, glue in pins and bend a solder-wire canopy breaker cord to shape for gluing into the new canopy.
Joined: March 09, 2013
KitMaker: 4 posts
AeroScale: 4 posts
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 08:18 PM UTC
I builded one
I chosed the IAF version. Some pics of my kit

The real challenge on this kit is the instrument panel decals
I passed many times on each panel

The nose required several test fitting and must be sanding to have a smooth surface like the spinner

They are no major difficulty on this kit even for the canopy that I chosed to present open.
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: February 09, 2011
KitMaker: 18 posts
AeroScale: 16 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 01:11 AM UTC
Love it. I really like this model. Got to get me a couple