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SimonD

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Actually Araldite probably would do the job. I'm thinking because the pylons only mount on that wing glove thingame, they might not be too bad, and the fact they're huge. lol
I'll dry fit and have a look when comes the time.

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Ok the ongoing rivet template saga has come to fruition I think. This is Simo's Rivet Template Mk.III. lol Mk.II was a complete flop and was quickly scrapped.
Before I got any scribing templates I bought a sheet of plastic from the local haberdasher/craft store. I think it's used in dressmaking somehow, for templates. Anyway, I ended up using it for the rivet templates, and just pinned the holes, not drilled, for much greater accuracy. And stuck some 1500grit wet and dry on one side for grip.
It works well enough to tackle the upper fuselage with confidence now. A small relief.






While it seems to have taken a long time to sort this out (it hasn't really), it will save a bucket of time in the long run I think, and give me a far more consistent result. [smile]


A fair indication of how long this thing is going to take to build. I posted this problem 8 days ago. lol
I think I'm going to need (more) therapy after this build. [wink]


I just finished riveting the entire intake, took less than an hour with no dramas, slips or mishaps. That's what I was aiming for, no-stress modeling. [rofl] (I need a lie down now, I think the missus is still in bed. [cool])

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Rivet jig Mk II looks good Simon, they look really tidy in that close up pic, as I said before, it wil deffo add a sprinkle of magic to the finished model mate.

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Yeah thanks Pete. I have nearly completed the lower fuselage section. Maybe today or tomorrow depending how much bench time I get.
That's taken nearly two weeks, with a bit of digression here and there. The upper parts are going to take longer in one respect because there's a lot more to do. But streamlining the process, I'm hoping, won't make it such a chore.

I do hope Tamiya pay some serious attention to this kit and update it to the standard of their "Top 4". It would be a world-beater of a kit.

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Wow, great deal of work you putting in there. And I thought the Tomcat GB is over :-). Detail shots are looking great, worth the effort! Keep going, that big bird is gone look amazing!
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Thanks Fabian, I'm just sitting here end of day realising I'm not anywhere near finished the lower fuselage yet. Lol
I think it'll be a couple more days at least. But the good thing is now, the scribing is done and every riveting session I have it's starting to look better and better, so that's a big incentive to keep trotting on. [smile]

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It always takes twice the time estimated... Everything does :-)
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Well it took a couple more days to get the lower fuselage done. Well to a point. It's panel lines are scribed and the rivets are placed. I'll have to do some localised tidying up as the build goes I imagine. But the hard work's done. It took a big chunk of time, but I think it's worth it. I wished I'd counted the hours it took now. Maybe I'll do that with the top parts. Thinking on the fly here. lol

Anyway, here are some pics. As you can see I went with the heavy duty wash tub for the wet and drying and the cleanup. Def the way to do it. [smile]



Bit hard to see the detail in this pic as I had given it a good clean, and frankly, didn't want it dirty again just yet. lol


A few closer uppers.












There's 11 days work, right there. [smile]

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Impressive. That is a lot of work involved, I do think that its really starting to look like it's going to pay out for you in dividends Simon. Don't let it overwhelm you.  [smile]
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Impressive. That is a lot of work involved, I do think that its really starting to look like it's going to pay out for you in dividends Simon. Don't let it overwhelm you.  [smile]


Thanks Mike, no it's going along ok. Now that I have that done, I'm looking forward to tackling the top. Just doing some more scratch building on the landing gear bays. This build is a bit  .. work, work, work. But I'm hoping it will pay dividends in the end. As far as that seems off at this point. [smile]

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That does look pretty awesome mate ! And a very impressive job you have made of it too, a full rescribe is no small undertaking and a flipping epic one on a 132 Tomcat lol !
It's a job that I'm sure a lot of guys would steer away from (myself included lol) but you have taken it by the horns and taught it who's boss, this is going to be a fantastic model Simon.

I love the fuselage in the water too, did the crew eject safely before splashdown ?

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That does look pretty awesome mate ! And a very impressive job you have made of it too, a full rescribe is no small undertaking and a flipping epic one on a 132 Tomcat lol ! It's a job that I'm sure a lot of guys would steer away from (myself included lol) but you have taken it by the horns and taught it who's boss, this is going to be a fantastic model Simon. I love the fuselage in the water too, did the crew eject safely before splashdown ? Pete


Lol thanks Pete, it's one of those jobs you know is a pain from what others have written, but you also know you have to do it at least once to experience it. Ok, yeah I kinda picked a big project to do it, but in for a penny in for a pound I say. lol

And the crew didn't fair so well unfortunately, they all fell apart and mysteriously attached themselves to a sprue. [smile] I must have a look at them too, as a small diversion from the fuselage work.

I still don't know what kind of modeler I am yet, still very much a novice yeah, but I spent a while on the front landing gear bay this morning, and ended up deciding to carve off existing detail and do my own, again something I've been a little hesitant in doing in the past. The saving grace there if it ends up looking like a polished turd, not many people will actually get to see it. [rofl]

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Excellent Work Simon, panel lines scribing and rivets are worth the time spent !!! [thumb] That is real love ! (I will have to do the same on the Pig).
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