Pappy Posted September 11, 2022 Share Posted September 11, 2022 (edited) G'day people, I have a little time between now and the next trip, let's see if I can get this one done in the time between. This is the venerable Hasegawa 1/72 F-15J (kit 04024 for those playing along at home) and it dates all the way back to 1988, a time of big hair and skinny ties! I see that many are building the latest and greatest GWH and ACADEMY MSIP kits, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the newer kits. This has been in the stash for aaaaaaages so it is about time it saw the light of day. Firstly, the pack shot And what's inside I will be adding some aftermarket of course, but more of that anon..... Well not much to show for today's efforts, I spent most if the day 'condensing' the kit down to a manageable state and cleaning up some parts I did however manage to get some of the smaller assemblies started, even managing to get some paint on! One area that did need attention was the join of the underwing panels. Hasegawa decided to mould the wing upper halves with the leading and trailing edges included, providing an underside insert panel presumably to keep the leading and trailing edges commendably thin. Whilst this is a nice touch, it results in an awkward seam that needs to be eliminated in the centre of the wing. The panels fit very well but lack support in the wing centre which will mean that the seam will constantly be opening during sanding as it flexes if this joint is not reinforced beforehand. I experimented with strips of plastic strip until I was happy the panel would be ably supported cheers, Pappy Edited October 1, 2022 by Pappy 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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