konbini Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 Hello and Happy New Year all, I hope everyone has a lovely 2023 and modelling. When the 1/48 F-35 from Tamiya was announced I knew I had to make one, and this was further cemented by the preview pictures and videos here on ARC - very much appreciated. Boxing: Information widely available online. Very organized and chocked full of paperwork. Kit: im probably the 100th person raving about the attention to detail and engineering. Enough said. Raised RAM are more subtle than pictures online may show. Again, like the advice of the modellers before me, handling the plastic is the best bet. I started the build following the instructions with the cockpit and gluing on the sensor window bit in front of the windscreen area on the upper fuselage. The kit decals were nice, but a bit of work when most of the side panels can be hand painted. As you can see there isn’t too much going on in a F-35 tub. I did install 2 toggle switches with wire. Next, I put together the nosegear (NG). The AMS got the better of me and I detailed the gear with wire, thin PS strips, and scratch built a cable guide thing. I tried my best to match what I can gleam from pictures online, understandably there are not too many. Finally, I fiddled with the 5 part NG bay. Wire detail was added as per online photos. Tamiya did an interesting approach where if you followed the instructions, you install the NG “retracted”, then snip off a small block on top of the NG to deploy it close to the end of the build and final details added. Some guys may opt to deploy the gear already at this stage, or follow Tamiya’s advice. I went in between and snipped off the block, so I can check fit with the wiring detail I added. Stay tuned for more. Konbini Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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