Lucio Martino Posted March 24, 2020 Author Share Posted March 24, 2020 (edited) After a long break, time has come to resume this project, but first I want to thank once again all those of you who have visited this thread and, in particular, I would like to greet a great modeler and friend, Jeff Newton, whom I had the privilege of meet some time ago here in South Carolina, in Simpsonville. ____________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 14 Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes (II) One of the many inaccuracies of the 1:48 Hasegawa Tomcat is the insufficient deep and length of the ventral strakes. Fixing this detail proved more complicated than expected. Photo 159 compares the Hasegawa strake (part E11) with a profile drawn in pencil of the equivalent Tamiya part, whose dimensions are correct. I thought that all I needed to do to fix the strakes was to add some plasticard to the top edge of the strakes. So, I had to remove their pins (pic 160), flatten their edges (pic 161), and then firmly glue an Evergreen stripe (pic 162). The next pics (163, 164, 165 and 166) show the following steps, from cutting the excess part of the Evergreen stripes using the Tamiya strakes as a reference, to the final sanding. Given that my strakes had not only become deeper but are also, and rightly, longer than before, the panel line running close to the air intake on each strake did not match anymore the related engine trunk panel. Of the possible solutions to this little problem, I have chosen one which is perhaps not the most accurate but not the most complex either. At the end, my goal in this project is to improve my Hasegawa Tomcat, not to build a perfect replica. So, Evergreen came again to the rescue and pics 167, 168, and 169 explain how a 2 mm wide stripe saved the day: In the next two pics, a modified strake sitting on top of an engine trunk (part B11). As you can see, now the ends of each strake, and the panel line near the air intake, they all match with the three relative engine trunk panel lines, like they are supposed to. To be continued (soon). Edited April 10, 2020 by Lucio Martino Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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