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Hi Whitey

 

This kit is looking really good.

 

Just an option or suggestion. The wings go together easier if you glue them together and then to the top fuselage part. I cannot see if you have joined the fuselage parts yet but I found it to need less filler and shimming than on my first Tamiya F-15.

 

Nick

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16 hours ago, Cheetah11 said:

 

Hi Whitey

 

This kit is looking really good.

 

Just an option or suggestion. The wings go together easier if you glue them together and then to the top fuselage part. I cannot see if you have joined the fuselage parts yet but I found it to need less filler and shimming than on my first Tamiya F-15.

 

Nick

Thanks Nick, but the fuselage is all done up and I am working away at getting the wing fit right before putting them to the fuselage permanently. Dry fitting so far only reveals a few spots to get right but you never know what pops up when it comes to the crunch in putting the things on for real. Thanks again for the suggestion. Hit me with lots more if you have some please.

 

Peter

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Hi Peter

 

the rest of the kit should not provide too many problems. I found the wings needed a lot of attention to get to fit well. On my F-15C I have glued the wings to the top fuselage first and tacked it into position with superglue  before glueing. This is still not perfect but much easier than on my F-15I build. The elevator stab attachment pins seem a little frail but on the F-15I it still holds. I will however re-enforce them on the F-15C when I get around to finishing it. Other than that enjoy the kit. It looks really good and imposing due to its size. BTW have you shortened the u/c struts yet?

 

 

On 2/18/2019 at 11:18 AM, ericg said:

Well done mate. I thought everyone said Tamiya kits just fall together?

 

 

 

Eric the F-15 and F-4 Tamiya kits were their first generation 1/32 kits and although great models they need a bit of tweaking and lots of dry fitting when building them. The F-16 however falls together with no filler required on mine.

 

Nick

 

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It is amazing what you find after a primer coat goes down.

 

It takes a lot of filler and sanding and polishing and filler and sanding and polishing .....if you get my drift to get the top sides of the intakes looking like F-15E intakes and other bits and pieces of the fuselage trimmed up. After a light coat of Tamiya Grey primer to check for lumps and bumps, before putting the wings on, a mold line became visible along the bottom curve of the conformal fuel tanks.

 

I have only lightly sanded them to enable the line to show up. ELIMINATE - is going to happen next.

IMG_4133%20(2)-X4.jpg

 

More progress pics in the next day or so. 

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On 2/21/2019 at 10:02 PM, Cheetah11 said:

 

Hi Peter

 

the rest of the kit should not provide too many problems. I found the wings needed a lot of attention to get to fit well. On my F-15C I have glued the wings to the top fuselage first and tacked it into position with superglue  before glueing. This is still not perfect but much easier than on my F-15I build. The elevator stab attachment pins seem a little frail but on the F-15I it still holds. I will however re-enforce them on the F-15C when I get around to finishing it. Other than that enjoy the kit. It looks really good and imposing due to its size. BTW have you shortened the u/c struts yet?

 

 

 

Eric the F-15 and F-4 Tamiya kits were their first generation 1/32 kits and although great models they need a bit of tweaking and lots of dry fitting when building them. The F-16 however falls together with no filler required on mine.

 

Nick

 

Hi Nick,  thanks for the info.My wings seem to be ok and after lots of dry fitting and trimming are on ok with some filler happening near the leading edge at the wing root. No go on the nose strut yet, still working up the guts to do it. The size is certainly impressive when the wings are on. Happy modelling.

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I've been a bit tardy with my posts for this build but rest assured it is still coming along nicely.

 

The main airframe components are completed and just sitting and drying from a thorough wash prior to the first full coat of primer.

 

IMG_4499-X3.jpg

 

I was a bit surprised with the amount of work required just to get to this stage but once I get the primer down and the airframe painted, the fiddly jobs of the undercart, weapons and canopy details will begin.

Its a big beasty.

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