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Made some progress over the past few days.  Most of it is just basic building, filling sanding and smoothing; so not really photo worthy.  The fuselage went together pretty well with no steps, and the upper cowling fit was actually quite good.  Dry fitting the wing however showed some gaps at the wing root.  I triple checked everything and could not find evidence of parts clashing; so an easy fix was not in the cards.  

 

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The gap in the starboard wing was really not that bad, and did not run the entire length of the root.

 

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The port side however............, though the gap also did not extend past mid-wing.

 

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I opted to use a common technique to get the dihedral correct, and hopefully pull the gaps closed or at least make them smaller.  Unfortuately when I added

some pressure the seam on both leading wing edges popped apart for a few centimeters near the wing root - Grrrr.

 

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Concerned about the bond between surfaces; I opted to fill most of the gaps with small pieces of scrap plastic sanded to the correct width.  I then "melted" 

them into place using one of my hotter glues.  I am hoping this will provide a solid bond.

 

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After letting things dry for a couple of hours I applied some putty to the areas that needed it and have let that dry overnight.  I will be sanding things today.

I used the same process on the starboard wing,  I will post the end result later today.

 

Ernest

 

 

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Good work, Ernest! I have one of these in the stash, too, and am not really sure what to do with it. I'll build it some day, but maybe without much effort. Yours, on the other, is coming along nicely! Oh, and your styrene shims will work nicely for adding strength; it's something I do all the time, and will probably be doing again with Hasegawa kit.

 

Kev

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Nice to see this kit being built, I also have one and an Aires cockpit in the stash, you might just have persuaded me to build it in this years build schedule.

I like Trumpeter kits and a nice relaxing build would be great.

Keep up the good work.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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5 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Good work, Ernest! I have one of these in the stash, too, an am not really sure what to do with it. I'll build it some day, but maybe without much effort. Yours, on the other, is coming along nicely! Oh, and your styrene shims will work nicely for adding strength; it's something I do all the time, and will probably be doing again with Hasegawa kit.

 

Kev

 

Thank you for the kind words Kev!

 

Ernest

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5 hours ago, dennismcc said:

Nice to see this kit being built, I also have one and an Aires cockpit in the stash, you might just have persuaded me to build it in this years build schedule.

I like Trumpeter kits and a nice relaxing build would be great.

Keep up the good work.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

 

Thank you Dennis!  The kit is pretty decent build wise; it's inaccuracies are well know, and several of them are easy to fix.  Thus far I have not had any hair pulling issues crop up.  

 

Ernest

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damn, what a bad thing, Ernest!

perhaps the problem lies in the coupling of the upper halves on the lower one. in any case now you are at stake like this, and you are solving well. the important thing is that the dihedral is symmetrical, the rest is ... putty!:goodjob:

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Following are the results for my efforts to clean up the wing root area.  I was mostly successful, in fact the starboard wing root turned out excellently; I still need to do some work on the port wing though.

 

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The problem areas on the starboard wing were easy to fix.  Everything blended quite well.

 

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The port wing also turned out ok, though as you will see i still have a little work to do.

 

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Overhead shot of the port wing root.  Again it turned out decent, and I'll only need 5-10 minutes of work to get it right - or as right as my skill allows.

 

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Priming highlighted two spots needing improvement.  The photo above shows that I still need to fill and smooth out a small indented area.

 

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And this photo shows a small section of join that need rescribing.  Fortunately, the starboard wing turned out good enough that further work is not required/

 

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The lower join went together without me having to do any work at all.  You can see a tiny spot in the macro shot that I may or may not rescribe - you can't

at normal viewing range it looks just fine.

 

Ernest

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8 hours ago, mc65 said:

damn, what a bad thing, Ernest!

perhaps the problem lies in the coupling of the upper halves on the lower one. in any case now you are at stake like this, and you are solving well. the important thing is that the dihedral is symmetrical, the rest is ... putty!:goodjob:

 

Hi Paolo, the fix was not too bad at all.  More importantly, I got the wing dihedral symmetrical.  (Whew!!!!)

 

Ernest

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I managed to get some work in on the build.  Most of it is not really photo worthy as it was a lot of cleaning up and priming small parts, as well as getting the clear parts ready to paint.  I finished the correction work on the wing roots and got them looking fairly decent.  The leading edges where the wing joins the fuselage were problem areas, but I got them filled and smoothed out to where the look presentable.  I'll post some overall shots once I buff the primer coat.

 

Ernest

 

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Should be interesting to see what this looks like after painting.

 

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This was the worse of the two, but I think it will look ok after buffing and painting. 

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21 hours ago, mc65 said:

Welcome back, Ernest!

now it's my turn to be away from the bench for some days, take advantage of that and work on your kit!

;)

 

 

Hope you won't have to be gone as long as I was!

 

Ernest

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