Canuck63 Posted May 12, 2012 Share Posted May 12, 2012 The Russian kit is so beautiful that I couldnt resist converting it into a G-2 which (hopefully) will be a tad more detailed and accurate than the Hasegawa offerings!No need to describe the kits quality in terms of fit and details because its been done a million times in the past.I can only say that the parts click together and the fit is a lÃƒÂ Tamiya.Detailing is mindboggling and in some areas is equal to if not better than what can be found in many resin detailing sets.The plastic is very soft, therefore much care is needed when sanding and cutting.There are a few sinkmarks but nothing serious and nothing a little putty and gentle sanding couldnt take care of. These are the mods Ive done so far: 1)Removed the external reinforcing strips near the tail. 2)Scribed the oval inspection hatch aft of the rear wheel 3)Scribed the small hatch for the primers reservoir on the starboard side.Since I HEARTILY hate using scribing templates I scribed the hatch by glueing an Eduard PE hatch on the bare plastic,scribed around it,and then smoothed the scars on the scribed hatch with Gunze Mr. Dissolved Putty,which in my opinion is the best Putty ever! 4)Fitted an Eduard PE access port to the Fuselage tank on the port side aft of the cockpit.To make a clean job Ive annealed the PE part,pressed it against the fuselage to give it the right curve,temporarily glued it to the plastic and with a PE thin saw I cut around it,then I superglued the PE part on the square opening and hey,prestoa clean port that will be filled in with a scratchbuilt interior. 4)Scribed the panel lines on the upper wings as required. At first I wanted to rivet the model but I dont think I willIll add rivets in some selected areas with a #0 and a#1 grainers. I dont know if Ill fit a radio compartment yet,probably not because Id have to scratchbuild the fuselage interior and since Im the laziest modeler around I dont want to be carried away and turn the build into another never-ending odyssey,but I sure will detail the engine compartment.No need to look for resin mills herethe engines beautifully detailed OOBit will only require the obvious changes between the DB601 and the DB605s fitted to the G series and! Comments,suggestions,hints,tips and constructive critics are more than welcome! Thank you for watching Manu Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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