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Not sure when the change in material was made but I am assuming that this one was meant to be metal because it has a lip around the edge which is not there on the wooden seats. Whether Z-M is correct or not, I don’t know. I generally portray wooden seats when I do a G-10 or a K-4. Nobody is going to look at it anyway so I am ok with it.

 

Jay

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Working on finishing up the cockpit and related panels that come next in the instructions. This kit has probably the nicest rendering of the shoulder belt mounting points I have seen. That said I still removed the part that represents the loop that goes around the triangle shaped hardware at the top of the belt and then drilled through the seat back that the removed part mates up with. This allows me to add the shoulder belts last with a bent piece of thin wire looped around the belt hardware and inserted down into the predrilled hole. Hopefully the pictures lay that out. Works really well with belts like RB or HGW.

 

Cheers,

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Thanks, guys! Finished the IP. Went with the clear panel with flat dial faces and used all the individual decals. There are other choices of plastic part and decals. Very WNW-like with all the tiny decals for every little detail. I like it. Bondic for the instrument glass.

 

Jay

 

 

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Thanks, guys. Yes, the IP decals are really nice. They seemed easier to position than usual with gauge faces. Maybe because they fit precisely. Next up was joining the fuselage halves. One of the things I don't like on any 109 kit that has this type of design is eliminating the seam between the fuselage piece and the cockpit tub to form the sill. A lot of times I have seen that left as is but it should be a flat, one piece surface. Hasegawa is much easier as the sill is molded into the fuselage half with just a seam in the center to fill. The right side of the tub wanted to bow up and I couldn't get it level with the fuselage. The left side was decent. After a fair amount of sanding and it filling I am ok with it.

Instead of taking Gaz's advice and gluing the radio access panel in place before joining the fuselage, I thought I would be fine just gluing the inner frame to the fuselage instead of the ribs as they show in the instructions. Nope. The panel still went a little too far in and was very snug. I had to glue a toothpick to it with  CA to get it back out. That was fine until I decided to use debonder to remove the CA. That was a mistake as the debonder did not play well with this plastic and kind of melted the surface. I sanded it smooth and glued a piece of .010 card to it which was slightly thick but allowed me to sand it in place to be flush. Could have been worse.

 

Cheers,

Jay

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I have been looking forward to dealing with whole tail thing that's been discussed at length here, there, and everywhere. In the end it wasn't too bad. Careful filing and sanding on the stab fairings took care of most of it with just the addition of a toothpick to spread the fin slightly. A little filling with Mr. Surfacer 500 to finish it off. I'm happy enough with it.

The rest of the day was spent riveting the fuselage with the beading tool. The plastic is well suited for it as in it doesn't take a lot of pressure to form the rivets.

 

Jay

 

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