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Kitty Hawk F-5F first quick BUILD

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The F-5E is a different animal in that regard. The gun bay covers alone are wobbly two-piece assemblies requring some degree of out-of-the-box thinking. The entire fwd fuselage is a wobbly affair. Also, you'll have to sand down those silly cover latches - depicted in open position. If you want a really flush installation, be prepared for some serious sanding, rescribing and riveting. Sometimes, the delicate surface detail is just too delicate.

 

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8 minutes ago, Clunkmeister said:

My next Kitty Hawk build is a Kingfisher, so be ready for some hooting and hollering coming from my bench.

You know you're the reason there's a Kitty Hawk Kingfisher in my stash right? I watched your first build and suddenly had the urge to add a float plane to my collection. 

Carl

 

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I bought the full Eduard set, some Yellow Wings decals, and a bit of reference materiel. 

It’ll be a semi quirky floatplane build with an awesome opportunity to exercise the airbrush.  I’ll warn you though. I built the engine a while back when it was getting trashed online, and it’s an ‘adventure’, not because of poor fit, but because of poor instructions. There’s plenty you can leave off the engine, like rocker covers and most of the accessory section if you’re modeling a closed cowl. I’ll post some pics once the F-5 is done. 

I think the Kingfisher will display quite nicely next to the HPH PBY-5. 

Carl, there’s plenty of little details you can odd to the Kingfisher cockpits to make it into a stunner. Mostly in the rear pit with gun mount details, radio wiring, etc.  

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Ivan, judging from your pictures, there are HUGE differences between the two kits. The two seater has none of those latches, and my nose section went together more or less effortlessly. I cut away some of the internal structure to keep potential interference issues at bay, but that’s just my cynical nature at work.  

So far, I’ve had no real fit issues yet.  

Fingers crossed. 

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On 11/29/2018 at 11:34 PM, Clunkmeister said:

I bought the full Eduard set, some Yellow Wings decals, and a bit of reference materiel. 

It’ll be a semi quirky floatplane build with an awesome opportunity to exercise the airbrush.  I’ll warn you though. I built the engine a while back when it was getting trashed online, and it’s an ‘adventure’, not because of poor fit, but because of poor instructions. There’s plenty you can leave off the engine, like rocker covers and most of the accessory section if you’re modeling a closed cowl. I’ll post some pics once the F-5 is done. 

I think the Kingfisher will display quite nicely next to the HPH PBY-5. 

Carl, there’s plenty of little details you can odd to the Kingfisher cockpits to make it into a stunner. Mostly in the rear pit with gun mount details, radio wiring, etc.  

Thanks Ernie! I'll keep an eye out for it.

Carl

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