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1/32 Special Hobby Hawker Tempest V - Fairbanks JJ+F


Thunnus

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Hello John

 

It is disappointed that the only 32nd Tempest available on the market has so many issues. I saw lots of finished models on a few modelshows but all of them had no flat wings. Great you show the manual how to fix that. Thumbs up :)

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Thanks for the comments guys!  I don't think this is a bad kit at all.  Yes, some issues but they are very workable and I wouldn't have as many of them if I hadn't gone the exposed engine route.

 

Cleanup work on the bottom joint is being wrapped up with a final application of Mr Surfacer 1000 and re-scribing of the panel lines.  I used a micro razor saw upon Kevin's recommendation and it worked much better than a scribing tool.  Thanks Kevin... great tip!
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The landing gear covers have been chipped and weathered.  
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I'm really curious about the forward rake of the landing gear legs and wanted to check it right away and I'm using the bottom edge of the main gear covers as a reference.  So the landing gear legs have been glued to the covers.
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Reference photos of the Tempest show the bottom edge of the landing gear covers to be roughly parallel to the row of exhaust pipes and not parallel to the ground.
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I've dry-fit the landing gear legs and have also positioned the retraction actuators since they help define the geometry of the legs in relation to the wheel wells.  Assuming that the nose is in the correct position, I think we're ok on the forward rake of the landing gear so I can set that worry aside for now.
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I've found that the engine/nose assembly fit much better without the rear bulkhead in place.  This is best fit I've been able to achieve so far.
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Based on this latest finding, I've decided to attach the bulkhead to the fuselage first and then slide the engine and nose assembly into place after the engine has been painted.  I've removed the rear lip on the engine block to allow it to slide under the bulkhead.
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Before applying any paint to the engine, I've masked the exhaust pipe attachment points with Micromask.
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First step of the engine painting process is to spray Mr Primer Surfacer over the engine.  It will be a good check to see if there are any excess glue blobs and will also serve to prime the metal wiring.  There are some tiny holes in some of the resin parts but I'm not sure they are worth filling since this engine is going to painted in very dark colors anyway.
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Thanks guys!  I appreciate the comments!

 

 

22 hours ago, brahman104 said:

This is crazy good John! How do you attach all the fine details, especially the wiring without drowning them in glue?

 

Craig

Thanks Craig!  Careful application of the glue helps to avoid those blobs.  And when they do appear, I scrub em off with a small stipple brush dampened with CA debonder.  Debonder can weaken CA joins obviously but the small details such as wiring usually don't require that much glue strength to hold them in place so you can get away with using debonder to clean.

 

 

I figured out that I should glue the upper wing flaps in now so that I can address any issues that show up on the top side of the wings. A combination of a light grind along the brass and a bead of CA glue along the edge should smooth this out.
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With the game plan established for the attachment of nose/engine assembly, I decided to test fit the bulkhead using two spots of CA glue. No tabs or alignment aids here so I just eyeballed it.
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Pretty close... the engine slide into place without interference.
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But the nose would not shift up completely, leaving this gap. I need to trim the bulkhead height down a touch to allow the engine block to shift up.  In pencil I marked the bulkhead stringers on the fuselage so that I could line the bulkhead up in this same position.
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I shaved the bulkhead bottom a few millimeters and tried again.
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This allowed me to close the gap on the bottom.  Ok... I think this is do-able.
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I'm going to paint the bulkhead before I glue it into place so I've primed with Mr Primer Surfacer like the engine.  Here is the engine + bulkhead together mounted on the nose.  Can you tell I am procrastinating on the painting of the engine?
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10 minutes ago, Thunnus said:

Thanks guys!  I appreciate the comments!

 

 

Thanks Craig!  Careful application of the glue helps to avoid those blobs.  And when they do appear, I scrub em off with a small stipple brush dampened with CA debonder.  Debonder can weaken CA joins obviously but the small details such as wiring usually don't require that much glue strength to hold them in place so you can get away with using debonder to clean.

 

 

I figured out that I should glue the upper wing flaps in now so that I can address any issues that show up on the top side of the wings. A combination of a light grind along the brass and a bead of CA glue along the edge should smooth this out.
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With the game plan established for the attachment of nose/engine assembly, I decided to test fit the bulkhead using two spots of CA glue. No tabs or alignment aids here so I just eyeballed it.
IMG-1705.jpg

 

 

Pretty close... the engine slide into place without interference.
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But the nose would not shift up completely, leaving this gap. I need to trim the bulkhead height down a touch to allow the engine block to shift up.  In pencil I marked the bulkhead stringers on the fuselage so that I could line the bulkhead up in this same position.
IMG-1707.jpg

 

 

I shaved the bulkhead bottom a few millimeters and tried again.
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This allowed me to close the gap on the bottom.  Ok... I think this is do-able.
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I'm going to paint the bulkhead before I glue it into place so I've primed with Mr Primer Surfacer like the engine.  Here is the engine + bulkhead together mounted on the nose.  Can you tell I am procrastinating on the painting of the engine?
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Looking forward too seeing the engine painted, sterling work on the fitting of the nose and engine.

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"Can you tell I am procrastinating on the painting of the engine?"

 

Yes.

 

The quality of your primed assembly looks impossibly pristine, just like those 3D-renderings used by manufacturers to market their products.

 

I wouldn't paint that either. It's already perfect.

 

> You might buy another one, build it to a lesser standard and hide the shortcomings by way of your masterful paint techniques ...

;-)

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