1/48 Trumpeter Sea Hornet NF.21 FINISHED!

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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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Speaking of wing folds, here’s what the wingfold mechanisms look like on the real deal above.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    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.

  • Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    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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