Tonight was a very productive evening. I got a lot of work done on the CA Hurricane……………and it all started with cutting away this large resin pour block on the main landing gear wheel well. I have read on various other online build journals where some have stated it was only “5 minutes with a razor saw”…………….
Let me tell you there’s more to it than that. It took me at least an hour to cut away the pouring block. Granted, I took my time as I didn’t want to damage the part since it wasn’t replaceable.
I could have used a Dremel tool and made quick work of it, but I felt better by taking my time and carefully cutting the resin. Besides, resin dust isn’t the best stuff to inhale. I made sure I wore a mask and cleaned up the residue from cutting right away.
Once the resin pour block was removed, I spent some time sanding the part until it fit nicely inside the wing. I also managed to break off a small portion of the wall, which had to be glued back together using CA adhesive. Luckily the repair turned out good…………..and should not be noticeable once assembled. Now all of the resin parts are ready for installation, as soon as I wash them up to remove any mold release agent that could be on them.
As part of the test fitting process, I noticed the trailing edge of the wings were fairly thick. So I took the liberty of sanding them down to make them look a little thinner. I did the same process on the upper wing halves too. The empty shell casing chutes had some flash present. I spent some time cleaning out the openings and making sure they were squared once done.
Next I concentrated on building up some of the smaller parts. I built the radiator, but cracked the rear of the radiator opening when I was cutting this resin part away from the pour stub………. This will have to be fixed. I’m not sure if I want to use putty here, or if I want to fill in the area with CA glue and carefully sand it down.
The radiator has some very nice details that can be seen from the openings……………
My plan is to build the cockpit and insert it into the fuselage from underneath as one piece. This will have to be done before adding the lower wing half. As you can see, I have assembled the fuselage, and glued the upper half of the wings in position to make a nice gap free fit.
One other thing I found out is that the resin “kidney” exhaust parts will drop through the opening in the fuselage. So I added a piece of scrap plastic to keep this from happening. You can see the white plastic addition here in this next photo.
There’s a small part that’s listed as the engine gear case. The instructions are vague as to exactly how it fits. It will fit into the opening on the nose externally, but this is wrong…………… it has to go inside or else the prop will not fit as the spinner will not cover this part.
In order to see if it was even needed, I decided to build up the Watts two bladed propeller and test out my idea. Here you can see the growing collection of built small parts…………..
I held the prop in place and from what I can tell, it may be possible to add the propeller without installing the engine gear case. Here’s a few pictures I took to show what I’m talking about………. I think I can simply glue the prop right on the front of the fuselage. I’ll check it out even better before I go much further…………….
Here’s how the CA Hurricane looks at the moment………… I’m happy to report the upper wing halves to the fuselage fit was spot on, and no filler will be needed. This turned out to be a gap free fit here.
Possibly tomorrow, depending if I get the cockpit assembly done on this CA Hurricane, I will spray some “RAF Interior Green” followed by some “Aluminum” on most of these Spitfires, the BP Defiant landing gear and these two Hurricanes.
I’m calling it a night.
As usual, comments are encouraged.