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mzz36f

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Any suggestion to help me.
I need to fill the gap between the fuselage and wings. I use tamiya white putty. Can someone give me some tips on how to fill this gap without having to do to much finishing. For example thinning the putty, what should I use etc.
Thank you your comments would be much appreciated.

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Laurie

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I use plastic card to fill any joints of this sort.

I use a plastic card as near to the width of the joint. Cut it to size very minimally below the surface of the wing.
I coat the surfaces of wing and fuselage with Tamiya thin cement. Place the plastic card and then give another coat.
Careful not to give to much as it may weaken the wings.

This fuses the card fuselage and wings rather than fills the joint with a filler. Advantage I find is that it will not crack as
a filler may do as the whole thing is fused into one. Fill over the top. I use layers of Mr Surfacer 500.

When topped up with filler I file down near to the surface and then use various grades of wet and dry (wet)
to finish off. Find this gives a very satisfactory finish with not a clue as to what has gone on.

Takes a bit more effort than filler but for me gives a perfectly filled and a strong joint.

Laurie

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mzz36f

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Thanks Laurie. That's great. I will remember that for the future. With filling and sanding I found it hard to sand these areas and I don't want to rub away the surface detail. Cheers
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Thanks Laurie. That's great. I will remember that for the future. With filling and sanding I found it hard to sand these areas and I don't want to rub away the surface detail. Cheers


if you have to sand a joint or any "filled" area, put some tape as close to the joint as you can on each side. then when you sand the panel/rivet detail is protected even if you sand into the tape a bit.

Here is a link to a wing /fuselage joint I filled with sheet styrene:

Page 5 of my Mig29 build. Page 1 has a gap fill between the front fuselage and back fuselage sections.

http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/mig-29a-fulcrum-academy-148-6596497?&trail=75

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mzz36f

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Ted and Laurie.
Thank you both for the suggestion. I didn't have any styrene so I stretched some waste styrene to the thickness I needed, filled it, thin cement (Laurie suggestions) and was able to sand the area using the tape method. Just waiting for the paint to dry to see how good it looks.
Cheers from NZ
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