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Not too sure on the alignment, tomoshenko, t'was only a quick lash up. I will conduct further inspections.

The worry I have is, if I fit the wings first, will it make it harder to button up the fuselage after?

Let's play spot the difference.....

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I've only gawn and done it! One smooth port wing. Looks like I'll be attempting my first real crack at scribing.

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Smooth as the baby's proverbial. Looking forward to seeing the finished job. Personally, I tend to find it easier to reduce fuselage gaps via aggressive clamping - you've got plenty of mole grips ;) - than it is to reduce wing root gaps. Don't think you need a crystal ball to foresee plenty of filling and sanding either way, but reckon gluing the wings first would be better. My only concern is that it's difficult to confirm the wings are aligned if you glue them to the fuselage halves first.

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You will be fine with the re-scribing, just go at it slowly and methodically. You will find that, once you have mastered it, that it is a very useful skill to have.

Martin

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Cheers for the advice and encouragement.

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This is my weapon of choice, although I've heard a big sewing needle works well.

Also heard running tamiya extra thin along the new lines helps neaten them up.

Just got to enlarge my drawings to scale, then I can have a go. Also got to sort out the wing tips and navigation lights.

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Thanks for the confirmation, debs, just got to pluck up the courage to have a go now.

Since you have removed the raised panel lines you don't really have the option not to have a go. If you do make a mistake just heat stretch some sprue from the kit, glue it into the panel line with some liquid cement and sand flush when dry. You are then ready to have another go. I say use stretched sprue from the kit as it will scribe in the same manner as the rest of the model, you can sometimes tell when someone has scribed over filler.

Martin

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I tend to use 'soup' for filling panel lines.

'Soup' is sprue dissolved in liquid cement. I have 3 grades depending on how much filling I want to do using either Mek Pak (lightest grade), Plastic Magic (mid grade) or Plastic Weld (heavy duty grade) as the solvent(s).

A word of warning, the more aggressive the solvent the longer you need to let it flash off and the longer the soup takes to fully harden.

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You are a bad influence S5. As a result of this thread, I have spent a couple of hours sanding away at the engines on my Hereford. At least the Miliput was properly cured after all these years!

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Good evening.

After sanding off all those 'orrible rivets I've been looking at the wing tip correction.

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It fell off in my hand, honest guvnor!

Took my trusty razor saw to the wings. I followed the old rivets to give me a guide to cut to.

Both wings have been trimmed back.

Before trimming them I took an overall length measurement of the wing length, and had to replace about 10mm of material.

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I laminated 2 pieces of 0.060" and 1 piece of 0.02" plasticard to give me the correct thickness (plus a little extra) to shape the tip from. I put the 20 thou in the middle, and left a tab, that slides nicely into the wing.

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Glued them in, with plenty of cement,and got a nice fit.

Going to leave them overnight to set, then I can start shaping the tips.

Anyone got a photo of the navigation lights? Airfix have shown them on the instructions as being a solid colour, like a complete green and red lense over the bulbs. Is that correct?

Would it be better to represent them in clear plastic?

Not in a rush to do them, as the tips need shaping first.

Oh well, back to sanding rivets off of the fuselage halves.

Matt

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Good luck with those wing tips. I have horrible feeling that you will fare better than I will with my Airwaves "correction" set.

Martin

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Good luck with those wing tips. I have horrible feeling that you will fare better than I will with my Airwaves "correction" set.

Martin

Thanks Martin. After seeing the quality of the airwaves etch set, I've given the tip correction set a wide berth.

Hopefully I will get some initial shaping done tonight.

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Hello again.

Not much to show I'm affraid.

Done the initial shaping of the new wing tips.

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Managed to file and sand both tips to the aerofoil shape of the wing. Took some doing,mind you, there was a fair bit of material to remove.

The photo makes the filler look rough, but in reality it's nice and smooth.

Just need to blow up the instruction sheet,so I can profile the shape, the cut out the formation lights.

Not sure if I'll use clear plastic, or try to find some coloured plastic.

Keep looking fir clear red and green toothbrushes, but not foubd any yet.

Matt

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