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1/32 Kitty Hawk F-5E Kicked Up A Notch. Oct 3/19. Finished!

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From the sides, however, the front panel lines are lower than the rear on both sides…

 

 

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While the bottom fit is quite bad.  This may have been created by the insertion of my plastic pipe intakes, but I don’t think so, because the fit was not forced.  In any case, sanding all this down while retaining the fine detail will be very tough.

 

 

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After a LOT of sanding and rescribing, I think I have the join licked.  Again, ghost panel line detail can still be seen under clear CA glue filler.

 

 

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As expected, this bottom join was a bear to fill and re-scribe, but it turned out pretty good after all.

 

 

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With that out of the way, it was time to attend to the front intake parts.  As you can see, there are 6 moon crater pin marks on each side and a lip at the rear.  The curved cutout may be there so that you can see the engine fans from the front of the intake, although with nothing but plastic junk inside, why bother?  That rear lip, I assume, may be for future or failed intake parts, that never made it in the current kit?

 

 

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The pin marks were filled with CA glue and sanded smooth, while the rear of the intake was filled with sheet styrene, to smooth out the intake and create a thicker join to my pipe intakes.

 

 

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A view from the rear, showing how the styrene parts are interlocking, much like the rest of the intake parts.  My plan is to not paint the white styrene, but paint the forward portion gloss black as found on my subject.  That way your eye will see a sharp demarcation from black to white, with nothing but white found behind in the plastic pipes.  To get a good and smooth paint finish, I am going to paint the intakes before assembly both front and back.

 

 

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I will also paint the sides of the fuselage where the intakes attach, again for the same reason.  This needle-like jet is now really looking a bit menacing and mean.  I love it!

 

 

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Cheers,

Chuck

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Looking great Chuck! 

Blending those fuselage sections together must have been a PITA! But the results you're getting must be very rewarding. Great work. 

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11 hours ago, Squizzy said:

Looking great Chuck! 

Blending those fuselage sections together must have been a PITA! But the results you're getting must be very rewarding. Great work. 

 

Thank you sir.  Like most modelers, I spend the most time on the very thing I hate, which is sanding.  When you get nice and smooth results, however, all those hours of sanding seem to disappear and the end result is well worth the effort.  As I've mentioned many times before, using a dark panel line wash is an excellent way of checking your work and revealing flaws that cannot otherwise be seen.  After a first coat of paint I will inevitably find a few more flaws, but it's so much easier to fix most of them now.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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Always enjoy your pre-paint work, Chuck!  Highlighting the surface details to illustrate the work really raises the bar since close-up photography can such an unforgiving perspective.  Making those unsightly joints disappear takes lots of patience and re-iterative work but like you say, the results make it worth the effort.

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Intake Update!  It looks like the Phase Hanger seamless intakes are coming soon:

 

Phase Hanger Resin Accessories on Facebook

 

And GT Resin will have some of their own in about 3-4 weeks?

 

GT Resin

 

Since I haven't seen either, I can't vouch for which ones are going to be the best (nor would I), but either product has to be a lot better than PVC plastic pipe!  With intakes en route, all that's really needed now is a decent resin cockpit.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

 

 

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great to see you back Chuck and the F-5 looks awesome so far.

 

This might help (I hope you can see these) - it's a Brazilian F-5EM but hopefully lots of the details will be applicable to your aircraft

 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2119456571651287&type=3

 

for future reference, that's from a fantastic Facebook group called aircraft walkarounds, well worth joining

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On 3/22/2019 at 3:13 AM, richdlc said:

great to see you back Chuck and the F-5 looks awesome so far.

 

This might help (I hope you can see these) - it's a Brazilian F-5EM but hopefully lots of the details will be applicable to your aircraft

 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2119456571651287&type=3

 

for future reference, that's from a fantastic Facebook group called aircraft walkarounds, well worth joining

 

Thank you, and to be honest, I should never have left.

 

When I click on the Facebook link it won't let me in.  How do I do that?

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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19 hours ago, chuck540z3 said:

 

Thank you, and to be honest, I should never have left.

 

When I click on the Facebook link it won't let me in.  How do I do that?

 

Cheers,

Chuck

 

OK Chuck

 

go to facebook and search for 'aircraft walkarounds' in groups. Request to join the group et voila!

Once approved, search for whatever aircraft you want in the 'search this group' box.  You may even be able to do that without joining the group, but I don't think so

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Thanks!

 

March 28/19

 

 

As shown earlier, I used white styrene sheet at the rear of the front intake parts, to both fill the gaps and provide a sharp demarcation line between the black at the front and the white that will blend into the front of the intake pipes.  Before assembly, the inner parts were painted so that the finish would be smooth, avoiding airbrush air turbulence.

 

 

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The parts were then glued together, oozing Tamiya Extra Thin Cement (TETC) into the join from the outside, to avoid paint damage on the inside.  As you can see, the kit parts fit like crap, so there was a lot of work to sand down the raised lips and fill the seam line.

 

 

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I also painted the inner sides of the intake while the surface was exposed, again to create a smooth paint finish.  I’ve done this as well on the insides of my F-15C Eagle intakes and the vari-ramps (splitters) on my F-4E Phantom.  Better to paint this area now than try to squeeze paint in there later.

 

 

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The front intake parts don’t fit the fuselage very well either, partially because KH decided to make the rear of the navigation lights fit into a slot on the fuselage.  There’s no reason for this, since the lights are not recessed into the fuselage on the real deal, but it forces you to place the intake in the very center with no allowance to move it up or down to create a better fit.  Further, the join does not exist as a panel line, so it must be filled and eliminated.

 

 

BEFORE:

 

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AFTER- Using lots of CA glue and sanding to create this much smoother finish.

 

 

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BEFORE- The other side has the same problems.

 

 

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AFTER:

 

 

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BEFORE.  The bottom, as usual, is worse.

 

 

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AFTER.  The lines in purple should be filled and eliminated, while the weak detail on the kit parts needs to be rescribed and the rivets repunched.

 

 

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Same pic without the colored lines, which still show “ghost panel lines” from prior staining.

 

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A view from the top, showing in purple which joins to eliminate.

 

 

 

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Same pic without the colored lines.

 

 

 

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With the front intake extensions painted on the inside and glued on, the sharp contrast from black to white creates a nice sense of depth and unless you use a flashlight like this pic, you really can’t see where the join is.  Could this be the first build of this kit with full intakes?

 

 

 

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That’s it for now.  Next up will be wings and landing gear, which have their own set of challenges!

 

 

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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