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Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 17: Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes (IV)


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On 12/31/2018 at 5:50 AM, Lucio Martino said:

 

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So, basically we need to have the Tamiya kit in order to be able to make these modifications. 

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19 hours ago, SERNAK said:

So, basically we need to have the Tamiya kit in order to be able to make these modifications. 

 

Yes, you need a Tamiya Tomcat.

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Wow, I've just re-read the entire topic. When I make my Hasegawa Tomcat, I'll revisit once more. Awesome work. Didn't know about the vanes thickness issue. Now it's obvious. Great work.

 

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Improving Hasegawa 1:48 tomcat - 18

Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes (IV)

 

And then comes step 20 according to which the parts D14 and D30 are glued together, using part A13 as a spacer (pic 219).

 

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In step 21, this his sub-assembly should be glued to the upper and lower half-fuselage (pic 220).

 

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Honestly, that doesn't seem like a good idea to me, especially after taking a close look at all three of these parts (pic 221). 

 

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I really don't think that part A13 can ensure a good alignment of this sub-assembly to the fuselage. In addition, this is a quite visible area, especially the upper half-fuselage. This idea of mine was confirmed by several other threads dedicated to this kit. So, I left aside part A13 and removed any related small bits of plastic (pic 222).

 

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My choice was to glue part D14 directly to the upper half-fuselage and part D30 to the lower half-fuselage, as you can see in pics 223-228. I have to acknowledge that it was more difficult than expected, so much so as to require a lot of care, superglue as a filler, and a very gentle sanding work.

 

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Actually, part D30 fits to the lower fuselage better than part D14 to the lower fuselage. In the next pic (229) a dry fit of the rear ends of the parts D14 and D30, now glued to the semi-fuselages.

 

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In the last (230), the Evergreen stripes that, at the end, I used to ensure greater solidity to these joints.

 

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Once again, any feedback is welcome. 

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Hi,

Time is coming to think about seats:

- The two seats on the left are the ones included into the Aires cockpit set. They are missing of the photoetched belts.

- The one in the middle is the original Hasegawa one.

- The two seats on the rigth are Verlinden.

Which one you like the best?

I don't have any Quickboost F-14 seats. Should I get a couple of Quickboost seats instead ?

Lucio

 

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