airscale Posted August 10, 2014 Share Posted August 10, 2014 evening all I have spent the last few days sending many of our airscale Typhoon upgrade sets out across the world for the new Typhoon and it occurred to me with many builders soon to start using them it might be worth adding an mini WIP on how I would get the best out of the kit parts and the decal set. Happy to pull it if not wanted of course, so will see how it goes... I will only complete the Panel rather than the whole cockpit (so won't be adding all the many placards we include), as I assembled the test shot parts I had to make pictures for our instructions. Also I won't be tempted to detail any more than what is included in the box, so let's see what you get in the kit. The panel is beautifully reproduced and is joined by a clear insert, which while it is clear is not meant to be used in that way which is a bit curious... I can only think it is to allow for the spare bulbs which are moulded as three small protrusions above the top left of the middle six instruments.. ..first thing is the dial faces have bevelled edges so first thing was to take a flat file and flatten them all down - the side panels are at an angle and the flat must be flat to the surface of these... ..in addition a few of them are too small for the holes in the one I had so these will need replacing with punched discs and therefore filing even further back... ..this is after a few minutes work - don't worry about losing clarity on the clear part as we have decals to go over them - the faces should be at a uniform depth and as flat as possible... ..I used a Waldron punch to punch out a few discs to tidy up the apertures that needed it - mine was a test shot so maybe different to the production version, but this is easy to do if needed... ..one thing that I noticed after assembly was the clear part makes the middle six instrument panel (the 'Blind Flying Panel') very, very thick when viewed from any angle, so I carefully routed out the top of the clear part with a dremel... ..I don't have instructions or all the parts so not sure how the panel mounts, but you should be able to see the tops of the instrument bodies through the gap at the top of the Blind Flying Panel, so I added some scrap tube to represent them... you may want to disregard this if it complicates assembly, but I am a cockpit geek and it would bother me (ahem) ..not easy to photograph, but you can see the thinner panel and maybe the backs of the top three instruments.. ..also means I can add a convenient handle to work on the part.. ..I always prime before painting, so a shot of Mr Surfacer to see what's what. I would still prefer to fill the gaps in some of the dial faces, but will see how we go... ..hope this is useful as I am doing it anyway to make sure no tweaks are needed in the new set. Mods feel free to move to vendors area or wherever if needed. ..back later after painting... TTFNPeter 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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