She's getting very close now. I've done the usual trick with the canopy (in this case a Rob Taurus vac). My angled sheet plastic brace is held in place with tape, making a cradle for the canopy. Actually, the tape is fashioned more like a Band-Aid, with a middle section doubled over to prevent it from sticking to the plane. When the brace is inserted, it can then be moved up or down to give the proper angle. The canopy frames are painted clear decal film. Also added are riveted strips along the base and a locking lever.
In these photos you can see the other progress made. The retraction pistons have been added to the main gear and inner gear doors and the main LG covers are in place. There has been drama and smooth sailing in alternating doses, but as I mentioned, she's getting close.