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#781 dodgem37

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:50 AM

Good show.  Nice execution in a tight space.

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:51 AM

Nice fix on those intake hinges... an absolute must for this kit imo.

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:55 PM

Absolutely amazing work Chuck!!!! Really impressed!!!!

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:27 PM

Chuck,

  Marcel post is just dead on for the level that you're modeling at, which is IPMS National quality.   :clap2: 

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:50 PM

Thanks again guys!  I realize that this is a tiny modification, but as important as it seems to me, I've never seen it done before, including the totally awesome John Vojtech F-15C from a few years back.  I've checked many builds of this kit as well as the F-15E kit and I can't find one that has the hinge altered in any way.  The pin is always there, as is the gap is underneath, which might be why it's also hard to find pics of the intakes from underneath.  The CFT's of the Strike Eagle version hide the top of the hinge a bit so it's less noticeable, but if the model is flipped over, the gap is always there.

 

Here's another tip I forgot to mention.  If you're going to glue the intake fronts on like I did, cut the pins off the hinges.  While the intake fronts fit fairly well against the intakes as is, there's a bit of a gap that shouldn't be there, so if you cut off the pins you can get the intake front to fit more snugly and look cleaner.  This also allows you to fill the pin hole in the intake with styrene rod easier, because there won't be a pin in the way.

 

Cheers,

Chuck


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:21 AM

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Mark


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 06:30 PM

Thanks again guys!  I realize that this is a tiny modification, but as important as it seems to me, I've never seen it done before, including the totally awesome John Vojtech F-15C from a few years back.  I've checked many builds of this kit as well as the F-15E kit and I can't find one that has the hinge altered in any way.  The pin is always there, as is the gap is underneath, which might be why it's also hard to find pics of the intakes from underneath.  The CFT's of the Strike Eagle version hide the top of the hinge a bit so it's less noticeable, but if the model is flipped over, the gap is always there.
 
Cheers,
Chuck


I did it on my E, as I said it is such a must-do imo... but no doubt my scribing isn't as clean as yours :-/

Cheers,
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:03 AM

Well Chuck you did it, you made me pick up another Tamiya 1/32 F-15C and a whole bunch of aftermarket goodies, I'll be following and using your work here as a big help to speed things up.  I've been dry fitting the Avionix cockpit and had a question for you about the sidewalls on the cockpit.  I noticed you removed the "rail" on the top of the sidewall resin parts; was this done to improve fit?  Also how were you able to glue the sidewalls into the proper place on the kit parts of the forward fuselage so that it would fit nicely once you added the tub and other parts?  I usually will attach the sidewalls to the cockpit tub and then install it into the fuselage so I was just wondering about that part.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:29 AM

Brilliant work as always Chuck! Every modification is done to perfection. Love it!

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

what a gorgeous rig Chuck. cant wait to see it in person!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:56 PM

Thanks guys. I really appreciate the encouragement!


Well Chuck you did it, you made me pick up another Tamiya 1/32 F-15C and a whole bunch of aftermarket goodies, I'll be following and using your work here as a big help to speed things up.  I've been dry fitting the Avionix cockpit and had a question for you about the sidewalls on the cockpit.  I noticed you removed the "rail" on the top of the sidewall resin parts; was this done to improve fit?  Also how were you able to glue the sidewalls into the proper place on the kit parts of the forward fuselage so that it would fit nicely once you added the tub and other parts?  I usually will attach the sidewalls to the cockpit tub and then install it into the fuselage so I was just wondering about that part.


The answer is: I don't really know anymore. It's been about a year since I did the cockpit, so I'd only be guessing.

I can say, however, that I always attach the side walls to the fuselage parts first, then install the cockpit. To do this correctly, you need to dry fit, trim, the dry fit again many times to get things right. This might literally be 50-75 times with very small adjustments made each time. If you attach the side walls to the cockpit first, there will almost always be a gap between it and the fuselage.

The other issue is swelling. With all that resin jammed into the cockpit area, the fuselage often swells outward. Don't do it! Trim and sand all parts until they just slide in with no stress on the fuselage. If the fuselage is swelled outward, it can become unglued later due to stress and the canopy and windscreen parts won't fit any more.

Cheers,
Chuck
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

Nice work bud, looks awesome.

 

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:06 PM

Chuck

Amazing work and attention to detail, matching the model to your detail photos.

Keep 'em coming

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