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  1. @coneheadff Yes Yes, the surgery solved the problem. Now I can insert subassemblies B10-B11 and B2-B3 either from the top or from the bottom of the lower fuselage without any problem. Thank you again for your attention @TheMongoose Just a short note to thank you for your nice words. ___________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 08 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (VII) The more I focus on this kit, the more I discover that my efforts to improve the air intakes are far from over. However, more on that in a future post because I need a break from the air intakes ordeal. Checking the upper fuselage, I can not precisely explain what it is wrong with the wing gloves of the Hasegawa kit, but they just do not look right, they just do not look the way they should. One good solution to improve this area would be using the etched aftermarket detail set released by A.M.U.R. Reaver (PE4804), but it is out of stock. Comparing the Hasegawa wing gloves with my references, they look simplified at least. To bring them up, the first thing I did was to remove an engraved line running along the outer edge. To this extent, some Mr. Surfacer Gunze 500 came very handy, as you can see in pic 79 and 80. Wet sanding came next, having care not only to remove all the excess filler, but to somewhat reshape the entire area. Pics 81 and 82 show these two areas after wet sanding and after heavy engraving with a sharp needle of all the separate wing glove finger seals. The fit between the inflatable bags, parts A10 and A11, and the upper fuselage is very flimsy. Positioned like in the pic 84 and 85, two small strips of Evergreen are enough to get these parts laying sturdy on the upper fuselage without any glue. With this two parts firmly in position, I could address another important missing detail: the sealant stripes sandwiched between the wing gloves and the wings. I simulated these with few inches of .10X.120 Evergreen, carefully cut using as a reference photos and the Tamiya Tomcat. Pics 86 and 87 show these strips glued to the bottom edge of the upper fuselage. At the end, fixing the missing sealant stripes was not so difficult. Not so difficult either is cutting and gluing six small pieces of Evergreen to imitate three small little things sitting in top of the each wing glove. Finally, with a 0.4 mm drill-bit I engraved the rivets running near the edge of the inflatable bags (pics 88, 89 and 90). PS: I would like some feedback on the quality my pictures. Focus, too big, too small, to bright, too dark, etc.
  2. Lucio Martino

    Zvezda "Polite People"

    Hi, What about Zvezda "Polite People" ? https://zvezda.org.ru/catalog/sbornye_modeli/miniatyura/poslevoennaya_i_sovremennaya_figures/rossiyskaya_sovremennaya_pekhota/ I am planning to build a tank, a T-80BV for a change, in a quite simple diorama. I wonder how good these figures are, and if are appropriate near a T-80BV. Cheers, Lucio
  3. Lucio Martino

    How to upload photos directly to the ARC Forums

    Thank you dnl42 for your very clear instructions.
  4. @Tomcat Trebor @andrew.deboer @coneheadff @Keroburner89 @ViperZero Thank you all. Thank you so much ! _____________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 07 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (VI) When I thought I had solved all the issues related to the air intakes (pic 68) - ie the two sets B1 / B10-B11 and B9 / B2-B3 - I realized that they do not fit almost at all to the lower fuselage, despite what shown in the instructions (pic 69). After another careful dry-fitting session, I had to choose between cutting some of the lower fuselage, cutting some of the upper edges of the B10-B11 and B2-B3 sub-assemblies, or trowing my Hasegawa Tomcat into the garbage. At the end, I decided to remove the areas shown in pics 70 and 71. This operation has not been easy. Pics 72 and 73 show how, with the help of a photo-etched saw, I did it. The following pic 74 shows the reworked, now shorter, lower fuselage part. These other two pictures (pic 75 and 76) show the lower fuselage halfway in this process. As you can see in pics 77, 78, and 79 the intake trunk sub-assembly is now clear from any fitting problem. As a result, my Tomcat won't fly into the garbage. At last not yet.
  5. Banners says that uploading photos directly is possibile. But how ?
  6. @coneheadff @doppelänger I need to thank you for your interest in this build. However, more than doing my best to give solutions, I am challenging myself, checking my old school techniques on this kit. _____________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 06 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (V) With parts B1 and B9 finally looking, and fitting, much better, time had come to check how them fitted to parts B10-B11 and B2-B3, according to the instructions (pic 58). However, a short dry fitting session was enough to discover more problems. Looking at the many web available pictures of the inside of the F-14 air intakes, differences in color and in material are evident but no step is visible. Instead, when looking to the inside of the Hasegawa F-14 air intakes half way to the intake a step is clearly visible (pic 59). To remove that step from each air intake, and to easy all the related assembly process, I glued some .010 Evergreen stripes to the external edges of part B2 and B10, to be able to temporarily join these parts and to check their fit to the inside of the intake trunks (pics 60-61). Next step was to thin the lateral edges of parts B2-B3 and B10-B11 sanding from the inside. Then, I thinned their lower edges sanding from the outside (pics 62-63). After another long session of dry fitting, to be sure to get a continuos transition between parts B1/B10-B11 and B9/B2-B3, I engraved somewhat more the related area of parts B1 and B9 with a blade, as you can see on pics 64 and 65. Finally, pics 66 and 67 show a no step dry fit of this assembly. This kit air intakes are a never ending story. More on the Hasegawa Tomcat air intakes in the next post.
  7. @coneheadff @my favs are F's Thank you ! @doppelänger Hi Onigiri, I am sorry but I cannot post picture of those gauges. I am living between Roma in Italy and Columbia in South Carolina. Since early December I am in Columbia, but those gauges and my Tamiya Tomcat are in Roma. I just took with me my Hasegawa Tomcat. However yes, I did measure at a regular distance each stripe of tape first on the Tamiya and then on the Hasegawa wing glove. Best, _____________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 05 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (IV) The inside of the air intakes parts are plagued by extraction marks. Maybe they will not be visible at the end, but few drops of Mr. Surfacer Gunze 500 and some gentle sanding was enough to take care of them (pic 46). Not surprisingly, the fit of the air intake trunks, parts B1 and B9, to the lower fuselage is not good. Often in this kit, the mating areas are insufficient or non existent. My solution was to cut a little bit of Evergreen .010 plain plasticard in two 20x40 mm stripes and to glue them to the lower fuselage in order to support parts B1 and B9. In addition, two 10 mm long pieces of Evergreen .40X.80 stripes tighten the sides of parts B1 and B9 to the fuselage, as you can see in pics 47 and 48. Two other stripes of Evergreen plasticard, this time .20X.40, were needed to close two unexpected gaps between parts B1 and B9 and the lower fuselage (pics 49, 50, and 51). Focusing more on parts B1 and B9, I realized that their sides are too thick, and that their edges are not rounded enough. Actually, they are not rounded at all (pics 52-54). However, thinning and reshaping these areas more in scale with the help of a sanding sticks did not turn out to be a big deal (pics 55-57). The air intake ordeal is far from over. To be continued...
  8. @coneheadff Thank you for you nice words, very appriciated. The removed area is one mm deep, not narrowing to the back or to the front. I got this value comparing Hasegawa and Tamiya wings leading edges. Yes, the removal of 1 mm helps to close that gap, but more on that in a future post. _____________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 04 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (III) Building the air intakes is far from easy. Nothing matches. Fitting of the internal air intakes parts is vague at best. In addition, following the instruction, they build into supersonic configuration (pic 37). Interesting when building the model in flight. Disappointing when building the model on the ground, because on the ground are intakes most common configuration is subsonic. Three actuators for each intake move up and down three ramps controlling the air flow, so to switch from a subsonic, transonic, and supersonic configuration, but Hasegawa supplies only two actuators and two ramps for each air intake. Curiously, parts G7, G10, G8, and G11 have all the required location holes for the missing actuators. Another evidence of how sloppy and hurried up is this kit. Pics 38 and 39 shows how to fix parts G10 and G11. I did not cut these parts in two just because, for the subsonic configuration, engraving the missing line is enough. The missing actuators are not needed because in the subsonic configuration G20 and G11 stay flat on the air intake roofs. The same is true for the two nect actuators, parts H6. The other two actuators, parts H7, must be shortened, leaving a piston long a couple of mm (0.60), to position parts G12 and G13 only sligthly lowered. On this regard, see pics 40 and 41. After some dryfitying, I decided to glue parts G7 and G8 to the lower fuselage only where marked in pic 42, because these areas in my kit are warped, so that parts G7 and G8 stay straight and not bend. Pics 43, 44, and 45 show this assembly. Additional dryfitting shows additional problems. More on the air intakes in the next post.
  9. Chuck, I guess this doesn't come new to you: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=32-002 Go black, but if you ever change your mind, take a look to the old Top Gun splinter (1986) and keep the all black finish for "the" black jet F-117.
  10. Lucio Martino

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Lovely ! Looking forward to your next build.
  11. @cema_ga @coneheadff Thank you  for your nice words. For what concerns the air intakes, they are a disaster... _____________________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 03 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (II) Probably, the worst issue of the Hasegawa Tomcat is the shape of the wing glove leading edge. A real deal breaker for me. Enough to drop any interest. Pic 20 shows the wing glove leading edge of the very accurate Tamiya Tomcat. Pics 21, 22, and 23 show the same part of the Hasegawa Tomcat. Some stripes of tape shows the misshape beyond any reasonable doubt. So, fixing the shape of the wing glove leading edge was mandatory not to drop my Hasegawa Tomcat into the garbage nest. Given that both upper and lower main fuselages are quite thick, my solution was to stick to my abrasive tools for a long session of wet sanding (pic 24). After about half a hour or careful sanding, the starboard wing glove was looking like in pics 25 and 26. After this first round of sanding, with the help of a precision contour gauge, I draw, and cut, the profile of the Tamiya Tomcat wing glove leading edge on five cards and I use them to check the upper fuselage reshaping (pics 27, 28, 29 and 30). However, reshaping the upper fuselage is not enough. The lower fuselage wing glove is too tall and must be reduced of .40 (1 mm). Using some tape as a guide first for a pencil and then for a needle, I first marked, and then I engraved, a line showing the area to be removed, as you can see in pic 31. A photo etched saw finished the job, cutting a .40 stripe of plastic away (pic 32 and 33). Pic 34 shows he final product, the reshaped upper wing glove and the shorter lower wing glove. Pic 35 compare the un-modified (top) to the modified parts. Any kind of feedback is very welcome.
  12. Interested. In case my US ZIP 29205 Thanks
  13. Lucio Martino

    F-14 Strakes

    Thank you.
  14. Lucio Martino

    F-14 Strakes

    Hi, Someting is hanging from the rear of the F-14 strakes. I have no good pics to understand what. Can you help ?
  15. @whiskey I do agree with you, the Monogram/Revell Tomcat is way easier to build. The problem is that my AMS forces me to face increasing higher modelling challenges. @ViperZero @Coneheadff Hopefully this thread will be useful to both of you and to others eventually building this kit. _____________________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 02 Cockpit and Wheel Wells (I) Second in my personal building sequence is the front and main wheel wells assembly, three small multipart assemblies. As you can see in pics 10 and 11, all the nose well assembly is easy and painless, calling for a good additional detailing and effect painting. Same is not true for the main wheel wells. Composed by no less than four parts each, to be sandwiched between the upper and lower main fuselages, the main wheel wells are a surprisingly problematic area (pic 12). After endless dry fitting, I have felt confident enough to commit first some liquid glue, mostly to get all parts in the correct position, and then to fill with cyanoacrylate glue every seams for a strong bond (pics 13 and 14). However, compared to what came later, this was a painless experience. See pic 15. The lower main fuselage is lacking of a surface on which glueing parts C15 and C16, requiring about an inch of .40X.40 Evergreen stripe to fix this problem, as you can see in pics 16 and 17. Furthermore, these two parts, each of them key for a correct alignment of the main undercarriage legs, are simple too short, leaving a large gap (pics 18 and 19).