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Erik Gjørup said 1 month, 1 week ago: #
Seems like you are enjoying the work big time – at least the saves are vast improvements.
Keep it slogging along, and we’ll follow the trail!
Eric Berg said 1 month, 1 week ago: #
Slogging down the trail just a bit more, I gotta show you guys how off target Trumpeter really is with this kit and these ridiculous seats. Look at the photo below. The left styrene seat with the head rest is supposed to be for the radar-observer and the one on the right for the pilot. Note the correct DeHavilland Hornet illustrations which shows the fold up observer’s seat.
Turns out no one can see a damn thing in the radar compartment anyway, so I kept the Hurricane pilot seat in there because this kit is not worth scratch building a correct seat plus no one will know but me. I glued the fuselage halves together and stuck the wing roots on for a test fit and called it a night.
Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month, 1 week ago: #
Thisthing with the Trumpeter seats is weirdly funny!
I still cannot understand what those kit seats designer was thinking….
Good call on the seats Eric (@eb801). With the fuselage assembled progress is always a lot more visible in the build. Great stuff to see you tackle this kit!
Tom Cleaver said 1 month, 1 week ago: #
Well, you’ve done your best, Eric. But then you get to that cockpit windscreen. Amazingly enough, if you look at the boxart, that airplane is portrayed correctly on most all the important areas! Too bad the box art designer wasn’t given the assignment of designing the kit.
Greg Kittinger said 1 month, 1 week ago: #
Coming along nicely! The extra work you’re putting into it is showing…
Tom: I wish somebody like Roy Sutherland would make a corrected canopy since he already did gas tanks and wheels. Better yet, maybe you can talk your Ukrainian model mafia friends into working on a totally new tool, accurate hornet kit in 48th scale.
Let’s take a look at Trumpy’s idea of the Hornet’s landing gear and wheel well area. (Classic Airframes didn’t do much better.) The photo below shows the partially assembled port side main undercarriage. It’s a test fit only with no paint on the Barracuda cast resin wheel or the gear. The side walls have been painted with Vallejo silver and weathered a bit. I purposely rotated this image 180 degrees to show the gear in the down position.
Here’s what the Hornet’s landing gear and inside of the well really look like:
Looks like you are gonna need a length or two of tubing . . .
Having seen your work till now, it will be interesting to see what you come up with here. Great work all around and no doubt this will be just as great!
One might understand (but not approve in 2020) an oversimplification. What is beyond my understanding is the fact that Trumpeter put ficticious details to make things look busier, like this “box” the main strut attaches to….. Why would they do that?
Waiting for your decisions on this, Eric @eb801!
You’ve done a splendid job on this dog of a kit so far!
Erik and Spiros: I don’t plan on doing anything to the landing gear as this kit is not worth all the massive effort it would take to correct it. Once the plane is upright 99% of us won’t notice anyway.
That “box” the strut attaches to is indeed another hilarious piece of Trumpy imagineering. I suppose it’s meant to rotate. As Tom Cleaver noted, the only thing accurate about this kit is the box art. In Trumpter’s favor, the fit of all the parts so far is quite good I must say.
@eb801 – John Adams, when he was running Aeroclub, did make a canopy correction for this kit. Sadly, Aeroclub is no longer active.
Eric (@eb810), sounds like a good decision to leave this part untouched – after all the parts you have modified so far are the important ones, visible ones that is, and with that you have managed to get this kit look a lot more accurate.
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