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Great work on the gear Jason.

For filling the seams you could give the styrene filler a go that Phil Flory's been talking about for a while.  It might be easier for the sanding. Not tried it myself yet but will be giving it a go as soon as my new bottle of extra thin arrives.

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Thatmas- thinking of a small scene similar to the 3rd photo in my first post, a few simple figures and some sort of carrier base

Paul, I have used to use the melted sprue but got away from it because I find takes an absolute age to set and it does still shrink back. It's ok for shallow scratches but not much more, the only time I still use it is for fixing scribing slipups.  The last time I used it was on my Airwolf kit and I ended up needing to go back over things with superglue which is what I have stuck with since. 




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The paint on the gear is still not feeling completely dry so I elected to not finish painting it yet, maybe tomorrow...

Since I now know I will be building on the ground powered down, maybe being moved around on the deck, I don't need the weapons bays open so I glued them shut. Closing things that were molded open is never easy but the fit is really quite good considering the complex curve they needed to match, a tiny bit of sanding and a bit of filler once it has set up and this will be fine.


The only problem ejector pin marks were in the exhaust, here one is already gone...not sure if this will be visible or not but when it's this easy why chance it?


This is the exhaust end of the engine, the molding is terrible, holes are flashed over...and I don't have tools fine enough to clear them...


I was worried about this when I commented on the brittleness of the plastic. This was a sprue attachment that I clipped off a good 5 mm away from the wing and it shattered, taking a piece of the wing with it. I'm sure this can be filled, but if I hadn't snipped so far away I shudder to think what could have happened...


The locating pins are causing gaps everywhere, they are either too long or wide to fit the hole (easy now...)


after removal the fit is absolutely perfect, the wings are glued up and look like they will need no filler whatsoever.



The tailhook bay is pretty sparse, but won't really be seen...I'm torn...if I can find a good reference shot of this and the wheel bays I will detail them up, if not I'll just add some interest and call it good.


Looking back it seems like I'm knocking the kit, I'm really not, it's a great kit requiring some patience and dryfitting to make it fit as well as it can. Aside from the fuselage halves all the major components are together and everything has gone smooth so far.

On the decal front, I've had a reply from Freedom and they are shipping me a replacement decal sheet. Good customer service!

Thanks for looking!







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That doesn't seem to be too easy kit, but you are doing great! Nice thing that you get  a replacement decal sheet, original really looked terrible. 

I like your diorama idea, a tractor would be nice too...
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Looking back it seems like I'm knocking the kit


its funny how when everything goes well we don't think of it as news worthy.  [smile]

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Nice work on getting everything to fit nicely Jason and pleased to hear that you had no issues regarding a replacement decal sheet, it goes a long way when companies provide a good service like that. I had a cracked canopy on a Dragon kit a while back and after numerous Emails (including one where I said I had no problem paying for a new one) they declined to help and suggested I look for an aftermarket one


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Not much done today, I'm trying to decide if I want to paint/mask the intake before assembly or assemble first, try to deal with the seam and then try to mask off later...I can't find a photo down the intake so I may just leave the seam...

I did get the gear painted and glossed in case I decide to do a wash, the kit wheels really do let the gear down after the time I have spent...I'm looking into some resin F-16 wheels and there is a company that does a corrected wheel set, I've got an email out to them.















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that's some good work and problem solving. I agree about the landing gear vs those wheels. funny how they would have such a dichotomy between elements that close together and so prominent on a kit you display with wheels down. Nice "lines" on the landing gear.



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Decisions have been made regarding a couple niggles, regarding the rubbish tires; there is a corrected set coming, I will post up pix when they arrive.
I was just going to get some Brassin F-16 wheels but realized at the last second that I need 2 nose wheels and those only have one.
I was also going to splash out on a resin engine also, but I only need the faces (and the rear one at that) and although this has the same engine as the F-16 I was not sure it would fit, besides I need to make a couple other purchases (deck base, deck tractor, crew) so I decided against that. Instead I spent a bit of time with my flash removal sanders


This opened up the flashed over detail nicely, I swear I took photos but I can't find them??? They were painted with Alclad Steel then dusted with Aluminum. I also masked off the intake (again, no photos...) before joining the 2 halves together. In the end I figured this was the easiest way to deal with that complex curve at the front.
I kept the tape away from the joint to ensure there would be none trapped between the halves. There is a rather nasty seam that I am planning to fill with Milliput (won't damage the paint and won't shrink) after painting then touch up with a brush...I hope this works...I'll take photos again later and won'l loose them this time LOL.

Next I turned my attention and efforts to getting the nose to fit right and get rid of the panel lines (non existent on the aircraft). I have played with this problem since I got the kit and had a plan.
Since I had removed that lip to improve the fit, there was little gluing surface left so I tacked it in place with CA.
Since this was going to see a lot of pressure from sanding, I wanted to make this as strong as possible...I got some of this acrylic resin after watching a video by Paul Budzik and have used it for reinforcing and filling in the past. It was very hard to find and not cheap but now I've got a lifetime supply and have sold some to offset about half the price (still got some if anybody's interested).


So I mixed up a bit with some medium CA then (after triple checking for steps and alignment) absolutely plastered the backside of the joint with it


This did not take long at all to set up and it is absolutely rock solid. Epoxy would have also worked but I would not have trusted this to plain ca and there was not enough contact for TET to work it's magic.

Then out with the sanders and sharpie. It went quickly really...removing that lip saved so much filling and blending time. Here it is under a coat of grey Stynylrez:


I'm not sure if the contour of the nose is that good of a match to the actual aircraft...if it isn't I need to decide if I care or not [smile]

There are a couple spots to touch up but I am very happy with the result, this is such a prominent feature that I just had to get it right. Freedom has done a good job though...there is no easy way to construct the nose/intake and although some surgery, effort, and planning was needed the work required was easily accomplished by an intermediate modeler like myself.





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I've seen those Paul Budzik videos and I must admit I've learned a lot from them. Well worth a look imo.
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Very interesting work, this is going to be a beauty! Didn't know about this Paul Budzik, thanks for the tip.
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Jason,
I really like the detail of your work in solving the problem on the nose and what materials you used and why. Great WIP. I also have looked at the Paul Budzik vids. He has some really nice tips and techniques and the videos are well done with the addition of illustrations of concepts it is impossible to photo or video. I also had trouble trying to decide what I would order as aftermarket for the Corsair project--so MUCH stuff available. I definitely needed to get a cockpit. too late now. Best wishes as you continue. I believe that you are going to turn out a winner build/finish!

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Pressed on a bit more today...

Looking again at reference photos, the main gear doors (like the F-15) are closed when gear is down, only the door that needs to be open to allow the gear to remain down stays open. 


A quick test fit on it's wheels to make sure it's level...all good!





Most builds I have seen incorrectly have both sets of doors open, careful test fitting showed I could still place the gear with the front door closed so I pressed on closing them up. Oh dear...


The other side was not much better. A bit of sanding and trimming off hinge locating tabs and interior detail was needed. Combo of me getting a bit heavy handed with the sander and not test fitting enough has left me a bit of a gap to fill...card to the rescue!






Another bit of unnecessary detail, a panel line on each flap that does not exist in reality.


Stretched sprue seemed the best choice to fill, as it would require the least amount of sanding so I wouldn't risk gouging in a trough, and unlike melted sprue it will set up quickly so I can sand these down before October. A bit of a faff at first, this sprue is VERY thick and difficult to stretch...the key was heating it a bit more than usual before starting the pull. I went thru all these plus some that I binned rather enthusiastically before I cracked it.


That's more like it!


A drop of TET and they will be left for a while to make sure they are completely set before meeting the sanders.




There was a bit of an ugly join on the wing root that will be visible with wings stowed so I covered it with some card


Till next time!




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Some more great progress. that stretched sprue is really impressive. I've never used any that I recall. I have practiced it a few times. thanks for showing how you used it.
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Ted, 

Thanks, man! The sprue is one of those ancient modeling things that gets forgotten about with all the new products and techniques that have come along. It's a great filler for narrow gaps (it's often impossible to cut a strip that narrow), it sands just like the kit since it's the same plastic. In a pinch it makes good antenna wire too.

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