Sounds like you have a challenge on your hands getting this one shipshape just to start the build and scratch building galore, so no problems with you having a go from this end.
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if possible I would like to join this group start working on the fw 190 d9 of JV44 kit would be that of a tamiya 1/48 No 81.
go for it Evan,i think rebuilding a damaged kit and bring it back to life is more fun than building a new one