Now to the assembly of the airframe.
The fit of this Eduard kit is not perfect, but it doesn’t deserve much criticism either. You can feel the ambition to make an outstanding design, but you can also find engineering solutions that show some lack of experience or simply went wrong.
Like many modellers today I use super thin cement, in this case the one from Gunze that I find even more pleasant than the one from Tamiya. Joining the fuselage halfs, I forced them in the desired position with the help of a dozen of clamps, tweezers and rubber bands. A number of strokes of the brush to follow and that’s it. The fuselage halfs are thinker than usual in this kit leading to a stiff structure and a will of their own regarding aligning to each other. Nothing to worry about but the joints certainly require some filling. Rescribing of lost panel lines is therefore mandatory.
The only major fit issue of the air frame is the wing root joint. Both sides’ upper wing halfs miss 0,25 mm to fit to the fuselage – constantly over the whole length of the joint, if you properly align the edges and outer joints. You may of course compromise here to narrow the gap there, but it remains a problem. I know from iModeler fellows that they used liquid filler here, but I wanted to avoid sanding at the wing roots after assembly to not to ruine the nice surface detail and I wanted a strong joint to resist robust handling of the model later on.
Evergreen plastic card (0,25 mm), glued to the wing and carefully sanded, solved the problem.
11 attached images. Click to enlarge.