I got a bit more done over the last couple of weeks… in between the ultimate honey-do project… a living room/dining room remodel.
Now that the fuselage and wings are all together, I started on the next steps, namely the gear struts, stabilizers and control surfaces.
The struts are kind of different on this kit. On past kits I have built, the struts are usually molded as one piece, or at least the main strut is one piece with the scissor part and maybe a brake line molded separately. On this kit, the main part is molded in two halves. Many reviews have lamented this fact, stating fear of a weak strut due to the way it is molded. And then there are seam lines to deal with. I have to say, this really didn’t bother me. After test fitting and taking care of the ejector pin marks on the inside of the two halves, I found the fit to be quite good. With careful alignment I was able to get a near seamless join. A very light scrape of the hobby knife and I couldn’t even tell it had been cemented together.
The only real cleanup I had to do was on the inside where the ejector marks are. Instead of being recessed, as is often the case, they protruded a bit. After a quick trim with the knife, problem solved. (and yes, I realize I spelt “elector.)
Next, I moved on to the rear stabilizers. I cut the parts off and cleaned them up and cemented them together. Again, very nice fit and very light sanding on the edge was all that was needed. However, when I went to test fit them to the fuselage, I noticed something. As you can see in the photo below there are supposed to be holes in the tail of the plane that allow the rear ailerons to move up and down. These holes were not present on my parts.
So, I got out the handy-dandy pin vise and drilled the needed holes. Voila! ready to go.
And here is an overall shot so far. I won’t be attaching the control surfaces until after I do the painting.
Until next time…