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#16 HobbyZoneUSA

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 12:22 AM

Slowly making progress on the Kitty Hawk F-5E - the forward nose section now has thin Evergreen strip styrene filling the slide mold tracks and that will be blended smooth shortly. Meanwhile, it was time to close up the gun bay doors. While I thought the doors were positionable, they were designed to be displayed open. The latches are molded open on the upper door halves which were removed and will be filled in with Mr.Surfacer 500. The upper and lower door halves required a bit of trimming to get them to close properly, but now they are closed.

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 08:47 PM

Finally have the forward fuselage of the Kitty Hawk 1/32 F-5E assembled! This was a bit more complicated than it needed to be, and it takes a little patience, but it does go together. Now I can start on the rear fuselage and wings.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:25 AM

Nice work
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Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:33 AM

Cool. I'm really forward to seeing more of this.


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I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:35 AM

Thanks. The best way to critique your own work is to publish photos and then look at them. I already see a few touch-ups that are going to happen very soon.

 

I think in the same way, it's actually made me more aware of stuff that I hadn't previously noticed, so has actually improved my game some.


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Kevin

I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress:

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 06:53 PM

The Kitty Hawk 1/32 F-5E is moving along much faster. The front and rear fuselage are together and the backdates are completed now including the early LERX, the removal of the ventral chaff/flare mount, and rear RHAW antenna mounts.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 07:12 PM

The pilot looks excellent too.


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Kevin

I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress:

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:34 PM

The project is getting closer to primer!

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:52 AM

Looks great.
Cheers Kai
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:48 PM

Wow this is going up crazy fast!    I really like the way this is going together, but Im still a bit worried about trunking............I hope someone from the AM sector gives us some seamless ones! 


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Posted 21 May 2018 - 01:27 PM

I have something that I may try on the next build for trunking, but I'm not convinced that it is mission critical either. While it was a bit of a surprise to see that open cavity of the rear fuselage, once that was painted black, the view down the intakes isn't much different than the Hasegawa kit with the blanked-off intakes, and nobody has ever done aftermarket intakes for the Hasegawa F-5E to date. 


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 10:23 PM

One more backdate in progress, removing the ECS vent from the port side of the canopy. Photos soon.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 11:57 PM

While installing the flaps and ailerons onto the wings, I noticed that the ailerons are both deflected down while the flaps are set at full-up. While you see a few that might sag when parked, I didn't see many on the line at Nellis that way. I reworked the hinges and have them neutral. The canopy and windscreen are dry-fitted and I'll be removing the excess putty off the ECS vent on the canopy frame next.

 

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 09:44 PM

Nice work done. i wonder how hard the surgery was to get the vent removed from the canopy. Does that entail any removal from the inside of the canopy too?

looking forward to some paint on the kit!

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 10:33 PM

turning out nicely


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