1/32 Hasegawa/Dragon Mustang
Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:54 AM
Having now had time to heal from the last crash, and with Dragon's Mustang on the market for some time now, I just had to part with the money and have a look see what this new tooling was like. You all probably have your own opinions and have read copious paragraphs on the subject and don't think you need me to do it again for you. I do however think that between the two kits, both of which have some very nice and some not so nice points, an excellent example of the Mustang can be had. Hence, armed with many salvaged and remaining parts of the last Mustang, and the new Dragon bird fresh at hand, off we go into another new venture.
Initially, the Dragon Kit is crisply molded and accuarate in shape. The Hasegawa kit, ancient in its vintage, matches up well in shape when compared to the Dragon Kit with minor variations. Where the Hsegawa kit distances itself from the Dragon is in surface detail. The former being relatively free of surface (with the exception of two large rut like depressions)detail and the later choked with it. For this reason, the Hasegawa fuselage was chosen as a starting point. To begin work, the raised fillet detail of the wing and horizontal stabilizer needs to be removed. In the case of the prototype, and all consequent examples, these fillets are flush with the fuselage skin without exception. Before sanding flush, their shape is scribed into the fuselage sides by using the raised detail edge as a guide. Caution should be used when removing the raised fillet detail. Check during the sanding process to ensure that the newly scribed detail hasn't been sanded away. In my case, rescribing had to be done a couple of times to prevent loss of the scribed line. I use a small conical burr fixed in a pin vice to do the scribing work. It's plenty sturdy, doesn't vibrate or bend and tracks cleanly. It does however take several passes to fully complete the scribe. Another nice feature of the conical burr it that it works in two directions. Because of its hefty body,it can be pulled or pushed without fear of the point digging in and jumping off track.
I know much of this, for some, is mundane and of not much interest. It is, however, intended to develop a rationale for rebuilding or building the two kits together in order to supply a thought process or set of ideas to those contemplating such a project.
Untill the next installment...
Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:07 AM
Note: While removing the raised wing fillet, use caution while sanding at the lower portion of the radius to prevent damaging the fuel dump cover.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:05 PM
I'm really looking forward to this, your last Hasegawa Mustang is in my bookmarks.
Daily updates please!
Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:12 PM
Rig and Tourist...many thanks for looking in. There will be more.
Work goes on
Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:37 AM
I am interested in how you got that nice compound curve scribe line - my skill is limited to simple straight lines, I have yet to master a technique for curves
Posted 12 September 2007 - 02:41 AM
Thanks for looking in. To answer your question; the scribed curve of the wing fillet was done by following the edge of the raised detail before sanding it away. Not very complicated but time consuming. I originally had intended to sand away the detail and then use a template to add the scribing...I changed my mind and went with tracing the raised edge.
I've attached a photo of the template just for the heck of it along with a photo of the tool I use to scribe with. I've tried pins, compass points, xacto blades and have had little luck with them. The attached photo is a deburring tool used in most machine shops and easy to come by. I like it. It's sturdy, doesnt tend to dig in or scitter off the line being worked on. It can be used at very steep angles to the surface, perpendicular to the surface, cuts in both directions (push and pull) and leaves a very fine line.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 05:42 PM
mid-ships)on the Dragon kit was completely different than that on the Hasegawa Kit. A bit of research shows that Dragon has done it correctly. This is where the Dragon Mustang begins to earn its keep. As an aside, I must say that Dragon did some very nice things and paid close attention in most places; pity they ran totally amock in other areas. The mold quality is the most obvious of their successes. Unfortunately, it is detined to be used as a "parts bird".
Keeping this in mind, work first begins with the removal of the ventral bypass area on the Dragon fifty-one. The attached photo shows the area to be removed in preparation for installation into the Hasegawa Kit.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:01 PM
Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:11 PM
She's a bit out of focus. If you close your eyes you can't tell it's out of focus.
Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:09 PM
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