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So I picked up an MDC Typhoon kit recently. Taking a quick look through the box everything seems to be there. Then I couldn't resist and held the two fuselage halves together and found maybe a slight challenge to the fit. 

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Any suggestions? Would the hot water trick still work? The kit is reasonably old so does resin get brittle with age the way plastic can?

Or do I just build it as the rarely seen split tail variant?

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They all seem to be like that one way or another, the nose on mine did not line up and one of the wings was a bit wonky as well, hot water and brute force seems to be the answer.

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The nose took some persuading as the top of the fuselage halves did not line up.

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And there was air bubbles in various places, but it all worked out in the end.

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Cheers

Dennis

 

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3 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

So I picked up an MDC Typhoon kit recently. Taking a quick look through the box everything seems to be there. Then I couldn't resist and held the two fuselage halves together and found maybe a slight challenge to the fit. 

PXL_20240417_011110143.thumb.jpg.48f869bcd59198fa250f69c44256af84.jpg

Any suggestions? Would the hot water trick still work? The kit is reasonably old so does resin get brittle with age the way plastic can?

Or do I just build it as the rarely seen split tail variant?

At least with the way it's bent it'll pull back to the centre line. Might have been harder if both halves had been bent the same direction. Still a pain though...

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3 hours ago, Spitfire said:

They all seem to be like that one way or another, the nose on mine did not line up and one of the wings was a bit wonky as well, hot water and brute force seems to be the answer.

xD2MHg.jpg

sfIEBT.jpg

The nose took some persuading as the top of the fuselage halves did not line up.

na7Iux.jpg

And there was air bubbles in various places, but it all worked out in the end.

uUjJ0A.jpg

Cheers

Dennis

 

Thanks Dennis. That's good to know. I think it may be due to the fuselage halves being so thin. 

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2 hours ago, belugawhaleman said:

Would using a hair-dryer work?

Paul, I hadn't thought of a hair dryer. I have one at my bench for decals so I can give that a try. 

52 minutes ago, GusMac said:

At least with the way it's bent it'll pull back to the centre line. Might have been harder if both halves had been bent the same direction. Still a pain though...

Gus, that's a good point. At least the halves seem to be the same length. That wasn't the case with the HpH Me410 I had. 

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10 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Thanks Dennis. That's good to know. I think it may be due to the fuselage halves being so thin. 

Yes I had a problem with that by the cockpit, the finish was not too good either as you can see, I had to polish the wings up as they were so rough.

The full tale of the build is here, from way back in 2013 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234950125-mdc-hawker-typhoon/

 

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Cheers

Dennis

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4 hours ago, Spitfire said:

Yes I had a problem with that by the cockpit, the finish was not too good either as you can see, I had to polish the wings up as they were so rough.

The full tale of the build is here, from way back in 2013 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234950125-mdc-hawker-typhoon/

 

PEzCyr.jpg

Cheers

Dennis

Thanks Dennis. I see yours has the same crack in the fuselage mine does which adds to my theory that maybe the fuselage was a bit too thin. 

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