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Well this is going to be fun!  Been looking for the perfect excuse to rip off the shrink wrap and crack open the box.  
 

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Just look at that huge fuselage!  
Off to read the instructions and sort through what paints I’ll be needing since I’ve switched over to lacquers since I’ve built anything with a swastika on it. 

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Ok. So far this is an interesting experience.  As most kits, it starts out with the cockpit build.  I’m getting a real steampunk vibe off the cockpit.  I’ve gone about as far as I can without painting. 
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Speaking of paint, made up my shopping list and went to my usual place, Sprue Brothers. Of all the colors for them to be out of, RLM 2. That Germany’s “interior green” primer and corrosion control paint color.  
Back to USAGundam since they’re a retailer of Gunze paint. 
This little detail caught me off guard with this kit.  Bulkhead at cockpit is made up of three parts.  What appears to be an outer panel with circuit breakers is to be glued directly to main bulkhead.  They even have an outline of where it goes. Problem is, it doesn’t fit the outline.  I had to sand it off to get the panel to fit the bulkhead. 
instructions pic:

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I will add, I do like how there are 4 pages of parts call outs for every part in the kit.  What I’m finding frustrating is that there is no order or rhyme or reason as to the parts layout on the sprues.  I think the cockpit alone was scattered on 5 or 6 different sprues.  

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Spent today assembling some of the larger sub assemblies.  Probably be a week before I get my paint order in so I want to progress as much as I can.  
This was four sprue trees cleaned out.  
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I also fiddled around with the G Factor legs.  Short of bending these things wide open and hoping they don’t break or not bend back correctly, I cannot figure out how to use them without just cutting off the wheels axles and gluing them back on down inside the brass.  And honestly, I just came up with that idea as I was putting this on paper.  image.thumb.jpg.4582cc4bd744c8557c05bdb6149b84a0.jpg

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2 hours ago, ScottsGT said:

I also fiddled around with the G Factor legs.  Short of bending these things wide open and hoping they don’t break or not bend back correctly, I cannot figure out how to use them without just cutting off the wheels axles and gluing them back on down inside the brass.  And honestly, I just came up with that idea as I was putting this on paper.  image.thumb.jpg.4582cc4bd744c8557c05bdb6149b84a0.jpg

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Have done similar on other aircraft , dill out the plastic axel and make a brass one, stronger and lets you put the wheel on when it suits you 

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13 hours ago, PanzerWomble said:

Have done similar on other aircraft , dill out the plastic axel and make a brass one, stronger and lets you put the wheel on when it suits you 

Thought more about it after reading your post.  I’m going to do a “hybrid” of our ideas.  Cannot really drill it out to the actual size axle needed, but I can drill it out for a piece of .030 music wire and still use the ends I cut off. 
Thanks for the idea! 

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And it works!!!

These are the two piece hubs that lock together during construction. 
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Using my painful twist drill I poked a hole through both.  I then cut off the ends that go into the end of the brass legs. 
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This is the hubs held in place how they will be glued after painting. The wheels will still roll freely after it’s built so I can practice my touch and go’s! 
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Music wire glued to one end of the cut off axle.  Slightly started. 
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Pushed in a little further, but not all the way. Once painted, I’ll assemble and glue on the other cut off axle into the other side. 
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On 1/29/2024 at 9:57 AM, ScottsGT said:

Ok. So far this is an interesting experience.  As most kits, it starts out with the cockpit build.  I’m getting a real steampunk vibe off the cockpit.  I’ve gone about as far as I can without painting. 
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Speaking of paint, made up my shopping list and went to my usual place, Sprue Brothers. Of all the colors for them to be out of, RLM 2. That Germany’s “interior green” primer and corrosion control paint color.  
Back to USAGundam since they’re a retailer of Gunze paint. 
This little detail caught me off guard with this kit.  Bulkhead at cockpit is made up of three parts.  What appears to be an outer panel with circuit breakers is to be glued directly to main bulkhead.  They even have an outline of where it goes. Problem is, it doesn’t fit the outline.  I had to sand it off to get the panel to fit the bulkhead. 
instructions pic:

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After

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I will add, I do like how there are 4 pages of parts call outs for every part in the kit.  What I’m finding frustrating is that there is no order or rhyme or reason as to the parts layout on the sprues.  I think the cockpit alone was scattered on 5 or 6 different sprues.  


Welcome to the OLD Revell of Germany!   I’m so glad they fixed that little issue.  It was frustrating beyond belief. 

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Power company is finally getting around to swapping out the power pole in front of my home today.  Wife was teasing me because no lights to work by. 
She forgot about the Milwaukee M18 converter she bought me for Christmas’22. 
 

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Nice problem solving on the gear legs. Being G-Factor, I don't you would have been able to bend them apart. 

If you like using Mr Color, you could try AK Real Colors. It's an acrylic lacquer like Mr Color and is even compatible with it. A bit thicker so it tends to need more thinning. 

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Hey Carl, I thought about trying the AK colors.  Might give them a shot one day. 
I’m on day 4 and still no shipping notice from USAGundam.  Last night I placed an order with Gundam Place out of Atlanta for a couple bottles of the RLM02 and white primer.  Let’s see which shows up first.  The 02 is the one color that’s holding me up right now.  And considering I have a few German aircraft in the stash, it shouldn’t hurt to have a little inventory in stock. 
I’ve got a feeling I’m going to need a bigger paint rack. 

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To use a word  our friends from across the pond coined….

I’m dealing with these fiddly bits now. 
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Sadly I think once I’m done they will no longer be visible. 

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