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Eric Berg said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
I’ve been side tracked for the last couple of weeks by a welcome visit from my daughter and her husband who live in Central America, so not much time for modeling until now. I carved out the shell ejection slots that are clearly marked on the lower fuselage and attached the main wing roots and narcelles. Fit was quite good but I needed a little filler here and there.
After spending hours correcting the wing ailerons and the elevator flaps I finally got around to gluing the tail and tailplanes in place. Now it’s starting to look like a Hornet at last.
Next up is correcting the rear formation lights on the outer tips of the wings. Here’s a photo of the port wing Hornet rear light as it’s supposed to be.
And here’s what Trumpeter came up with plus they got the wing ailerons all wrong.
Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
I love all these small or not so small improvements, Eric @eb801!
A lot of quality work is usually hidden behind them, but the end result makes “other” model examples look like toys.
Well done so far! You are doing a really great job!
George R Blair Jr said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
I’m just now joining your build, Eric (@eb801). I am really enjoying your solutions to the problems presented by this kit and I am looking forward to seeing the model in paint and decals.
Erik Gjørup said 2 months, 2 weeks ago: #
“Close but no Cigar”. Great corrective action on this kit Eric!
Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago: #
Using some solid styrene tubing with drilled out holes for the bulbs, here are the corrected rear tube lights at the end of each wing. I still have to sand and fine tune them.
Speaking of wing folds, here’s what the wingfold mechanisms look like on the real deal above.
Here’s Trumpeter’s way of representing this set up. Talk about flimsy and easy to break off!!! But it gets the idea across I guess. I’m going to attach these guys at the very, very end of this build.
Masked and ready to head off to the paint shop pretty soon! I already painted the props and wheels and set them aside.
Dan DeSilva said 2 months, 1 week ago: #
If you think that Sea Hornet kit wing fold is a work of fiction- check out the Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-4!
Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago: #
Spot by spot improvents wise, your Sea Hornet is transformed into a jewel Eric @eb801!
What an essential departure from the “off” Trumpeter kit!
Nice improvements all-around!
Looking forward to your painting!
Tom Cleaver said 2 months, 1 week ago: #
An amazing bit of work Eric. That collection of scrap plastic actually looks like a model. A triumph of talent and skill and stubbornness over a kit.
Dan – I’m afraid to look at another wingfold kit by Trumpeter. I have their 1/32nd TBM-3 Advenger with a an attachment slightly better than the Hornet’s so I can imagine how goofy the F4U wingfold must be.
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