Rocktober Fest! Academy Phantom update
Ninkasi brewery in Eugene Oregon brews a very nice Oktoberfest, and that is this updates beer. Very much like the beers I drank when I visited Germany many years ago. The Academy Phantoms have been bashed many times for the fit of some parts and I had many of those problems the first time I built the kit. With the experience of the last build in my pocket, this time round I spent much more time fitting, testing sanding refining mating surfaces, fitting and then gluing. I found I only really still had issues with the refueling probe door, which is just plain too small. But some careful fitting to get an equal gap, then some Mr Surfacer fixes the issue. I got a great fit of the intakes by diverging from the directions and gluing the splitter plates on first then adding the exterior part of the intake, using Zap CA to glue a bit at a time to get a tight fit. The tail section has been written about lots, and I had a step I had to fix on my last Phantom. This one I primered the black plastic before attaching so I could see to align things better, and had no fit problems there either. Lastly the Academy phantoms have the rear of the splitter plate molded solid, I cut it out and added plastic sheet to replicate the vents.