Anyone familiar with the Tamiya Tomcat will know that the nose gear leg should be installed before the bay is completed but this leaves the strut protruding and in danger of getting damaged. In addition, the mounting point for the kit part is innaccurate, more for the reason of ease of construction than anything else I think.
Here's how it started out.
After some deliberation, I took my courage in both hands and sawed the lower portion of the gear leg off! Not only that but I also modified the mounting point to more closely resemble the full sized article by removing the topmost part.
The red circle shows where I inserted pins to mount the leg.
Breaking it down like this helps with handling the parts. I find it easier to add more detail.
Here's how the topmost portion looks after a bit of plumbing.....
With that out of the way I could concentrate on the lower gear leg and the various protrusions, rams, actuators etc......
The oleo scissors took the first beating! PrimePortal gave some fantastic close-ups so it was rude not to tweek the plastic a bit. After a fair bit of surgery it ended up looking like this....
With the oleo scissors complete I was free to make one or two adjustments to the bar that locates in the catapult shuttle. This part is molded integrally with the gear leg so I removed it and fabricated a new joint.
Actually, I FUBARed the kit part so this one is a new scratch-built version. Shhh....I won't tell anyone if you don't!
To bring the build up to date, a couple of pics of the drag brace. Basically, more of the same. Removal of the molded in kit part, a new joint and this time, some sanding to remove unwanted excess plastic....
The end result lets more light through and appears a little more delicate. So that's all for now. More when I've done adding the bits 'n' bobs to the remainder of the gear leg.
Oops!, I've just realised that I completely forgot to show the arrestor hook earlier
Tamiya have done a splendid job on this, replicating the complex design very well. However, that does n't mean that parts of it can't be ~ahem~ amended.
Edited by geedubelyer, 04 March 2018 - 01:10 PM.