airscale Posted June 1, 2022 Share Posted June 1, 2022 wow, lots of stuff going on here Jay - I am stressing out thinking about you stressing out I know it's easy to say after the fact, but any panels with just one line of curvature (ie not compound) can be pre-shaped by rolling. I use a 1 inch brass tube and a block of chair foam (or a thick mouse mat) to help the panel come to terms with it's new shape so that it doesn't try and pull away and straighten. If anything over curvature is good as that way the force is inwards, rather than pulling away from the surface. It may or may not have helped and you certaaily had a lot to deal with in adding multuiple access hatches in the same panel personally, I think it looks great, these things came on and off all the time and on some airframes are REALLY bad fits (like the Fw190D) so nothing wrong with a bit of deviation.. I share your anguish with skinning the wings, you know by now it involves a lot of handling and putting the model through stress. Given the proximity of the fragile parts it won't be easy thats for sure, so some pre-acceptance of damage / repaair is a good thing You can avoid quite a bit of trouble with those air intakes by just building up a thin filler layer to a panel line and skinning up to that, rather than trying to actually skin the intake itself (see my P40 carb intake) this is what I do for really horrible intake areas where it is virtually impossible to get the material to conform to acute compound curves. It works even better for you as you are painting the model Whatever happens, we are all rooting for you and as always if I can help in any way, let me know Peter chukw, daHeld, Jim Barry and 5 others 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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