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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #31

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Looking good gaz, keep it coming!
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #32

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So got a bit more done last night and tonight. Have all the extra little bits on bar a few which are too fragile to add now.





Also got her on her feet tonight, the gear aren't glued in as yet, just positioned so I can glue all the extra little supports etc on.



Not too much more to do now till I can put some primer on, hopefully friday and then I can see what I need to fix before the camo goes on.
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #33

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Fill the small NACA type intake half way up the fuselage on the port side just behind the mid fuselage intake. It should not be there on the A-4E/F (see where the red rectangle is here).
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #34

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Thanks Craig, will deal to that tonight...

Craig, one other thing you might be able to help me with, if the guns were removed, did they fill in or block off the shell ejection chutes on the underside or were they still present even if the guns weren't?

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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #35

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Man, that joint at the aft flate dispenser looks like hard work. I dont recall it being that prominent on the two models that I did. Starting to really come together now G2.

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Ian, it doesn't look that bad in RL, the camera plus the angle of the shot exaggerates it greatly. I've read in a few reviews that it can be a problem, the fit you see is after I fettled with it a bit to get better joins on the sides where it is more visible.
Once I've primed the whole thing I'll see how it is, I think it may only need a lick of Mr Surfacer to sort it. There are a couple of other joints that are going to give me more of a headache I think, mainly the joint between the fuselage around the front gear bay and the bottom wing insert, people who have built this kit before will know what I'm talking about (small gaps between the two, I might be able to sort them with slivers of sheet styrene) and the gun blanking inserts at the join between the wing and the fuselage (they aren't too bad, worse than they should be but I think I may have sanded them into shape last night, another joint that might need a little mr surfacer). Apparently the gun inserts are mentioned as being a problem in every single build I have read online so this is more a kit design issue than the skill of the modeler.

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Yep remember those gun inserts as being a real.p.i.t.a. and that front joint was no easy ride either. Interesting that back-in-the-day Esci's simplistic engineering seems to have worked-out just the same as Hasegawas. At the cost of finesse of detail, of course. Keep it coming, Gary.

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The gun fairings, and in particular the blank fairing fitted when the guns were removed were a pain to fit on the real aircraft too.

So much so that although in theory they should have been interchangeable, once we found one that fitted we tended to write which airframe it was for on the inside.
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So hasegawa got that bit right then? :lol: Thanks for the insight Phil...

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So typical for me, after getting a replacement gun fairing from Craig (thanks mate!) What do I stand on this morning? That's right, the gun fairing I had lost, stuck pointy end first in my foot.
Anyway, got some filling and masking done today in prep for a primer coat.







Masking tape for the intakes and cockpit plus the rear part of the main gear bays and wet tissue for the front section of the main gear bays and the nose gear bay. Once the tissue and maskol is dry and it cools down a bit I might get the primer on tonight.
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Another quick update, got the wheels etc ready for paint too. Also attached the refuelling probe wth the master model probe tip. All aerials are now attached also.


After stating a couple of nights ago that I hadn't broken any of the slat supports off, I managed to knock 2 off today. I only noticed a little while after I did it but luckily they were both still sitting on my bench as opposed to on the concrete floor.


This pic is after I used some km weld to glue them back on, they now feel as solid as they were before so hopefully they are the only ones I knock off.

Also got the centreline pylon and acmi pod done. Not sure if you can see it or not but I ended up using small pieces of thick brass wire as pins. It fits together perfectly so once it's painted I can join them together easily without getting glue marks all over the pod.



That definitely all for now, still hoping to get some primer on it tonight but we'll see how I go.
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Top Gun Adversary Skyhawk 4 years 7 months ago #42

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Nice work mate. Looking forward to getting cranking on mine:)
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Crisp work G2 ;)
So far I've cut the lower wing and one fuselage 1/2 from the sprue - went quite well I thought :lol:

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Sounds like you are making some progress then DA? :lol:

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Progressing nicely. Keen to see that camo go on.

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Should get primer on tomorrow since I'm off work (from working the weekend) so might have some camo on in the arvo. Will have to sus out exactly which colours as I have a selection of various paints which match the supplied FS numbers so I might have to do some test camo on my desk hulk to pick out the right shades.

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Got the primer on this morning and the first colour on this arvo, fs3353.



I'll let this coat dry for a couple of days and then I'll have to figure out whether to do the camo freehand or more likely use blutac.
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Looking good so far mate! Cant wait to see some colour!

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I know that post wasn't too interesting but next on will be the dark brown and then the green. I'm contemplating scanning the painting instructions and sizing them properly to cut them out as masks, will be difficult around the tighter areas but the bits like the wings etc will be easy enough. Otherwise I was just going to get it as close as and not worry about it being exact.
I also primed all the extra bits and bobs to go on so I'll need to paint them too at some stage.

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Having the same thoughts with mine G2..to mask or not to mask...are my airbrush skills up to freehand?..Hard edge soft edge? The dilemmas!!! :unsure:

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The camo pattern on the real aircraft looks to be fairly tight so I don't think my freehand skills are quite up to it. I think using the instructions as a mask will be the way to go and use some blutac sausages to lift it slightly off the surface.

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I would forgo the hassle of printing the instructions and use fine rolls of blu-tack filled in with masking tape. You'll get better control and a more organic feel to the final camo demarcation lines. It's not that hard to copy a pattern off the plans.

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That was the other way I was thinking Craig. I'm not hugely fussed if the camo doesn't match the real thing exactly to the scale centimetre but as long as it's close I'll be happy. I did roughly outline the camo areas using a pencil (a method I have seen many times online and looks like it works) to get reasonably correct areas to spray and I will make it more accurate when I do the other camo colours..

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'You just overtook me, Gary !! :blush:

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For me to overtake anyone while building a model is like saying you got outrun by a glacier... :woohoo: :P
No problem Ian, I just thought I'd set a nice steady (slow) pace for us both...

I think this might also be my first in progress thread to get to 10 pages, mainly because I never finish anything I think!

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Sounds good, Gary. Just going to 'edit' my pics and get them posted in the next fifteen mins or so.

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So you can catch up and we'll be even, aye mate :woohoo: B)

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Craig Sargent wrote: I would forgo the hassle of printing the instructions and use fine rolls of blu-tack filled in with masking tape. You'll get better control and a more organic feel to the final camo demarcation lines. It's not that hard to copy a pattern off the plans.


Quick question Craig, with the blu-tack, does one leave it on until the paint has dried or does it need to come off fairly quickly after you've sprayed? Just thought I'd check before I go ahead and do the next colour and end up mucking it up...

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You can take it off immediately, Gary. I use it all-the -time, and I usually wait about 30mins, enough time to make and drink a mug of tea/coffee and let the paint settle-down. Key thing is to watch for paint residue mixing with the Blu-Tack then attaching itself to your finger-tips and you inadvertently transferring that to your newly painted model...

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Thanks Ian, I will learn from your mistakes and ensure I don't repeat them... :P

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