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Kitty Hawk 1/32 Mirage 2000B/C/D & N

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22 minutes ago, Kagemusha said:

Have you contacted HK regards a replacement part John? I would, you're covered by eBay, and it might be the kick up the backside they need to employ decent quality control. 

I patched it myself and continued building it. I didn't feel like waiting 3 weeks for a replacement. It's just a continuing problem that KH has with quality control.

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1 hour ago, jgrease said:

Thanks Alain - that hole is a "short shot" where there was not enough plastic injected into the mold. Unfortunately this isn't the first time Kitty Hawk have had a problem with their quality control.

Okay !!! sorry I didn't understand " short shot :doh: .... 

Alain

Edited by alain11

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More progress - tried to fit the nose gear door and this happened :doh::

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Shimmed it up inside the gear bay with some more sprue:

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In order to close the gun bay doors I had to cut some excess off the tops of the guns and sand down the insides of the doors:

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I've now applied a layer of putty around all of the openings and seams. Sanding tomorrow. :fight:

 

John

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Hopefully the aftermarket companies have a field day with this kit, just about the time I’m ready to build it. 

 

Thanks for the blow by blow build update. 

 

Cheers

Collin

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What is the verdict about the pitot? Good enough? Waiting for a turned metal one from Dream Models or Master? Make an own one ??

This kit is a little revolution as slide molding was used on every sprue.

Andreas Beck

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Photos of the decal options show that two of them are definitely -5s, so they can’t be correctly built from the box.  118-AX is a -5F and Taiwanese 2027 is a -5EI.  The rest appears to be -Cs, or non-upgraded export versions.

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Generally, you need to get a new instrument panel, and use the included radome with the strips, but reshaping the nose to a point since the -5 radome didn’t have the nose pitot.  Also, you’ll need to check the tail, wingtip, and spine antenna arrangements.  Not only are there differences between the -Cs and -5s, but also differences between country specific aircraft depending on the countermeasures suite fitted.  Except for the IP, everything should be in the box.

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I got mine the other day (direct from Sophie) and I agree that it looks great. Looking forward to seeing what the aftermarket comes up with before starting it.  I'm really tempted to do this with everything hanging out, even if that is not typical.

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First off, a very Happy New Year to y’all. My work on this plane is quite the love/hate relationship- just about every time I finish a step, I have to put this thing away for a day and forget it. In any event, here’s the latest observations as I plod along, bearing in mind that none of this has been puttied yet. The nose, glass, rudder, and exhaust are just press-fit into place for these photos.


Overall, it looks like a Mirage...
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The fit of the intake assembly to the fuselage is way better than it is on the Italeri Mirage III:

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The nose fits pretty well, but I think it sits slightly proud of the fuselage:

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And the resin exhaust:

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To finish up, the infamous intakes without intake ramps:

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After looking at the directions and studying the parts, if anyone can explain where part G49 fits into everything in Step 45, please let me know, and post a photo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, jgrease said:

After looking at the directions and studying the parts, if anyone can explain where part G49 fits into everything in Step 45, please let me know, and post a photo.

 

 


I think it’s an error in the instructions.  It looks like it’s already cast inside of the resin exhaust.  I don’t plan to use the plastic part.

Edited by Dave Williams

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:


I think it’s an error in the instructions.  It looks like it’s already cast inside of the resin exhaust.  I don’t plan to use the plastic part.

Agreed Dave. Doesn’t seem to fit anywhere.

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