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I'm putting the Mossie on the back burner for now; I need a good OOB build.

 

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First impressions: this appears to be a nice kit - delicate surface details, with relatively crisp detail. I'm aware of the SNAFU with the right side console on the cockpit...

 

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You've got to love those KH half ejector pin marks...

 

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Step one is on hold til I get this one sanded and filled.

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13 minutes ago, Mr b said:

Nice ...

 

will be following your build.... any idea on marking choices ?

 

rgds

 

Ahhh, so many choices. That’s the really exciting part of the initial announcement I think:hmmm:what to do what to do! :popcorn: 

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12 hours ago, Mr b said:

Nice ...

 

will be following your build.... any idea on marking choices ?

 

rgds

 

Unsure yet as to markings other than it will be a USAF bird...

 

Thus far, I've been really pleased with the overall fit of this kit.

 

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I did, however run into some interference when installing the starboard side ammo tray.

 

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I haven't found any mention of nose weight in the instructions yet. Now is the time to start planning. I'm filling the ammo trays with lead shot (it will be epoxied in place); If I need it, I can fit plenty inside the forward gun bay/ landing gear compartment. If I need still more, there's space beneath the cockpit tub, too.

 

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14 minutes ago, themongoose said:

Boy I'd really be surprised if it needs that much? That said I'm going to have to follow closely so when I do mine I'm not surprised by a tail sitter lol

I'll have a much better idea of how much once I get the main parts tacked in place...

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I got the ammo boxes stuffed with lead; the front end is complete. I'm leaving the nose gear for later.

 

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I'm not adding any detail to the engines; a coat of paint is all that's warranted. But the intakes...

 

All you'll see is the boxes for the gear bays.

 

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Something's got to be done here - but I refuse to scratch intakes.

 

The design of this kit is such that the upper wing can be cemented in place prior to assembling the fuselage top and bottom. It let me apply good pressure while the glue set. Not perfect, but filling and sanding should be minimal.

 

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