Even at this point adding the final detail parts takes quite a bit. Now working from the top. Starting at the tail and work forward. Thinking that it’s painted decals are applied, the landing gear is attached. Almost done!, right!.
First the horizontal stabs are attached and placed in a slight drooped position. The attachment point is not the greatest as each end are propped for a couple hours as the glue sets.
1. Not a very tight attachment point
1. Propped until the cement sets
1. Set for a couple of hours
Next the upper dive brake door has the actuators attached and then placed in it’s location between the twin tails.
1. Rear upper dive brake door
Left in the open position, the fit is good here.
So far so good.
Now moving a bit forward at the spine behind the canopy, a pair of blade antennas are attached.
The canopy is crystal clear once the maskings are removed.
1. masks removed from the canopy
The NFO’s step door is ready to be attached in place on the LH side of the nose.
Hasegawa supplied the PE with the kit for the internal step ladder and inside canopy rails. The side of the step ladder are painted gloss white and the rails are flat black.
The decals have been applied on the step door and Ladder door.
Next up to assemble the ladder and the detail bits on the canopy.
more to follow.