Hey there David !!!
Yes it was another rain filled day………………… 🙂
However, it looks like the weather was rather nice today on your side of the “pond”. The misses and I watched TV early this morning. For fear of losing my “Man Card”, I will not tell you what we were watching, but let’s say it was televised around the World, and you Britt’s really know how to put on a good show……………. Rolls Royce’s, horse drawn carriages, pomp and circumstance, a glorious Church, the works. Being an old Cavalry trooper myself, you know what my favorites were……….. Those “horse soldiers” really looked sharp !!!!!!!!!
All I’m saying is that sometimes a man’s gotta do what he has to do. Happy wife, happy life. She has gone to many car shows with me, air shows and model airplane events. So this is the least I can do for her. She’s a keeper.
Afterwards, we went out for a nice lunch and when we got back home, I got busy on the ICM He-111.
I made a lot of progress, (but I made a few mistakes too), and one was nearly disastrous………….
Please follow along and I’ll explain.
I wanted to get the wings installed. After some studying of the plans, I veered away from the instructions………….. again. I hope it doesn’t bite me later down the road.
I started out by removing the wing panels from the plastic trees. I had them laid out on the table when a disaster struck. Somehow I knocked over the bottle of liquid glue, and the top wasn’t secured !!!!!!! It spilled all over the wings………. I didn’t panic, and I simply picked the wings up carefully and placed them in various other places while the glue dried. Luckily I only had a few small smears, and I think I dodged a big bullet here.
If you look close, you can see where the glue left it’s mark. The areas that are now shiny are where the glue dried.
Each wing panel was affected……………
Some more than others.
While waiting for the spilled glue to dry, I started cleaning up the mess on the work bench, then worked on the control surfaces and elevator assemblies, where I had another (but smaller “event” happen). More on that later……………. I was almost ready to call it quits but decided against this.
Once things were back to normal, I started installing the wings with the lower sections first. The main spars make a very sturdy joint. They also hold the wings in perfect alignment. This is a big advantage to the ICM kit over the Monogram one.
Now if you are reading this and using it as a build guide, let me add something here…………. In hindsight, I should have permanently installed the Bomb Bay assembly after the lower wings were glued in place. It could have been held in place by a friction fit, and that is how it would be done if I was to build another one of these kits………. (which is very likely). 🙂
Here’s why: The Bomb Bay cells were not exactly squared in the fuselage. The fit is that precise. The slight amount of error in installment caused a rather large gap once the lower wings were glued on.
I’m pointing at these gaps with two wooden tooth picks. Had I “twisted” the Bomb Bay cells slightly “clockwise” at the rear, the gaps would have disappeared……………… Live and learn.
So please do yourself a BIG favor and DON’T glue the Bomb Bays in place until the lower wings have been added. By doing it this way, you can ensure a tight fit without gaps.
1. Insert the Bomb Bay cells, but don’t glue.
2. Add the lower wings. shift the Bomb Bay to eliminate any gaps while fitting the wing panels in place.
3. Once the gaps have been eliminated, glue the Bomb Bay cells in position.
Next I added the upper wing panels. The fit was really nice here. I don’t think any filler will be needed along the wing fillet. I will probably have to use a little gap filling super glue in a few small spots, but if the lower wings and bomb bay were installed properly, this would probably have been a filler free model with careful assembly.
Here you can see the fit in this close up photo.
By now the wings were installed, so I added the stabilizer assemblies.
Just prior to this, I had another small problem to handle during the building phase of the elevator assembly. Either I messed up and got the parts arranged out of order, or the instructions are incorrect with the part number callouts on the stabilizer halves.
I glued the first assembly together and it fit fantastic !!! Now when it was time to glue the other side together, that’s when I noticed that I had “male” locating pins on BOTH sides of the stabilizers. So I ended up slicing the pins off, and sanding the halves flat. Once this was done, the second stabilizer went together without a hitch. I compared both sides, and they’re correct, a mirror image of each other. The top and bottom sides are identical.
I have the elevators installed on the stabilizers with the control rods for the trim tabs facing upwards on both sides.
It’s starting to look like a He-111 now !!!!! The ailerons have been built, but not installed yet………….
Here’s how it looks with the ailerons test fitted in place. The fit is very good, and these are held in place by friction alone.
Here’s another view. You will also see the top of the fuselage has been temporarily placed into position too.
Now was the moment I was waiting for………….. I placed the Monogram model next to the ICM kit…………. They are both close to being in the same construction stage as each other. Here you can see both kits side by side.
ICM is on the left, Monogram on the right.
Today’s events removed two more complete plastic sprues………… The box is starting to look a little barren.
To answer your question David, I’d venture to say the plastic was a little “misshaped” at the gondola. Once I removed the sprue attachment point, the part was a little sprung. It also may have been caused somewhat by my inaccurate placement of the Bomb Bay cells.
I’ll chalk it up to poor construction habits on my part.
Hopefully the areas that had glue spilled on them will look OK once a little primer is sprayed on. I may try sanding them down a little first using a very fine 2000 grit wet / dry paper. Time will tell…………..
As usual, comments are encouraged. I’ll go back and edit the section on installing the Bomb Bay cells now………………. just in case someone is using this as a build guide.
Good night !!!!!!!!!!