Fighting me all the way – Part 2.

You can find part 1 here.

My current project is the Revell (ex-MPM I think) 1/32 scale P-39D Airacobra.

It has, to say the very least, been a fight. There are few locating tabs or pins, loads of flash, and many parts just don’t fit. I have never had to use so much filler, with subsequent so much sanding, on a kit. But picture tell a thousand words, so here we go:-

 

All the pegs again! The wings were warped and ill-fitting in other ways too. All the pegs + lots of filling and sanding to come.

 

All the gaps! I'm not sure how clear all the gaps at the wing roots are in this picture - but they were bad.

All the gaps! I’m not sure how clear all the gaps at the wing roots are in this picture – but they were bad.

 

How can they justify not including seatbelts in a kit this large.

How can they justify not including seatbelts in a kit this large? The cockpit looks empty! These are not strictly the correct belts, but they’re all I have and are way better than nothing.

 

Belts are a work in progress. See how empty the seat looks without them?

Belts are a work in progress. See how empty the seat looks without them?

 

Seatbelts in - that looks a lot better. Even if the fiddly nature of photoetch (PE) did cause me to mumble some VeryBadWords.

Seatbelts in – that looks a lot better. Even if the fiddley nature of photoetch (PE) did cause me to mumble some VeryBadWords.

 

It’s taken most of this weekend to do the seatbelts, but the end result is worth it.

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Fighting me all the way – Part 1.

My current project is the Revell (ex-MPM I think) 1/32 scale P-39D Airacobra.

It has, to say the very least, been a fight. There are few locating tabs or pins, loads of flash, and many parts just don’t fit. I have never had to use so much filler, with subsequent so much sanding, on a kit. But picture tell a thousand words, so here we go:-

Starting the cockpit. The instrument panel is split horizontally and has no locating surfaces – a butt joint. You can probably see the white plasticard I used to provide more of a mating surface for the glue.

 

All the pegs!

All the pegs! It is normal to hold surfaces together with pegs while the glue does its job. This many pegs are a sign of warped parts that are having to be forced together. *sigh*

 

Cockpit in - fuselage joined.

Cockpit in – fuselage joined. I was surprised by how (relatively) easily the fuselage halves closed around the cockpit sub-assembly. I suspect the kit is trying to lull me in to a false sense of security.

 

The above represent three weekend’s work – that being the only time I get to model, due to other commitments. Onwards and upwards.