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Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 21: Wings (VI)

 

AMK wing parts fit is average, glueing the assemblies of pic 286 to the lower wing required a small amount of brute force...

 

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Surprisingly, the lower wings have not the same amount of rivets.  Better this way, less work to delete them.

 

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The flaps were too thick and too heavy in surface detail.  I thinned them down a lot, especially in their trailer edge, and eliminated much of their surface detail.

 

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I replicated the side lights using drops of super glue. Slime ligths will be provided by decals.

 

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In the following photos the lower wings with the filled up rivets and the reduced panel lines by sanding them down.

 

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Another not particularly pleasant surprise were the extractor holes present on parts A20 and A19, which I filled up using Mister Surface 500. Above all, they fit to the wings in a very flimsy manner. 

 

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And this is the modified AMK wing ready to go:

 

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In retrospect, I would simply go with the Hasegawa wings in closed position...

 

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Hi Lucio,

 

On 6/6/2024 at 1:40 PM, Lucio Martino said:

Surprisingly, the lower wings have not the same amount of rivets.  Better this way, less work to delete them.

 

Oh, it's quite funny that you'd mention that. :doh: Last week I hit a Medium Density Fibreboard shelf my husband installed on one of the lair's walls, you know the kind of those fixed to the wall with rails and brackets. In all of my habitual clumsiness, I hit my forehead with the edge of the shelf, the shelf fell down (because my husband hadn't secured it to the brackets), and everything on the shelf fell with it.

Somehow, my AMK wings managed to reach the floor before the shelf did, and the corner of the shelf fell over one of the lower set of wings. The AMK lower wing got awfully marred on the surface; it also opened a gap on it.

 

Will take a picture for you to see and tell me if it can be fixed.

 

On 6/6/2024 at 1:40 PM, Lucio Martino said:

In retrospect, I would simply go with the Hasegawa wings in closed position...

 

No bloody way. The Hasegawa wings in closed position are just not worthy of your build.

Cheers, bambino. Have a nice weekend.

 

Gwen

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Gwen, I am sorry to read that you hit your forehead with the edge of the shelf. I am confident that you didn't get much hurt.

 

About the AMK wings, posting a photo is a good idea, both to check together a possible repair or to get a replacement.  This forums has plenty of very generous modellers.

 

I can't believe that I started this build almost six years ago.  In my partial defense I can only say that in these six years, in addition to some health issues, I have gotten married, changed jobs, and crossed the Atlantic several times.

 

However, when I started this project, the F-14 AMK did not exist, nor did the "late" Tamiya F-14, the one with the open wings. 

 

The Hasegawa F-14 was the only chance to build a Tomcat with open wings and I thougth it was a good idea to take advantage of my kit.

 

However, along the way I discovered that the detail of the Hasegawa open wings is way lower than my expectations, and that I was unable to carry out the related modifications and scratchbuilding work.

 

Meanwhile, the arrival of the AMK, with its two pairs of wings, and the generousity of a great friend and modeller, gave me the chance to leave the Hasegawa wings aside.

 

I certainly didn't expect the AMK wings to require so much work, especially to thin down the too thick trailer edge, and to get the surface detail of the AMK wings compatible with the much finer surface detail of the Hasegawa.

 

Now, to continue improving this kit, I would have to detail the landing gear bays and the landing gear legs, to replace the too flat warning antennas located on the tail planes, to modify the arresting hook, and to detail the inside of the canopy (finally).

 

Honestly, I wouldn't want to waste any more time detailing the little visible landing gear bay, but as they are they seem way too bare to me. I don't know. 

 

In these next days, I would like to fix on the tail planes.  How do you recommend reproducing the warning antennas? Any suggestions?

 

Below are two pics. First the Tamiya tail plane:

 

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And then the unmodified Hasegawa and the Hasegawa ready for DIY:

 

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On 6/8/2024 at 10:43 AM, Lucio Martino said:

Gwen, I am sorry to read that you hit your forehead with the edge of the shelf. I am confident that you didn't get much hurt.

 

Hi Lucio,

Never mind; having been born in South Africa made me a strong female. That MDF shelf took the worst part😐🤑

Oh, by the way; here's how I goofed my AMK lower right wing: :rolleyes:

 

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No wonder why my husband affirms that I'm still not ready for the expensive, complex kits.

 

On 6/8/2024 at 10:43 AM, Lucio Martino said:

How do you recommend reproducing the warning antennas? Any suggestions?

 

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I'm the noob here, but I would make use of the front section of a missile; off the top of my head, the worst ever AIM-9 missile in 1/48 you could find in your spares box.

Perhaps sanding it down or cutting it in half in order to replicate those warning antennas?

 

You've made an awesome job with this build so far, that you ought to focus on what you've already achieved more than anything else.

 

This build serves both as a guide and inspiration to a lot of modellers, I'm sure.

Hope you find the drive to carry on with it.

Cheers,

 

Gwen

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Added the AMK wings pics that I botched.
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