NF-5A model in 1/32 scale kit review ? modelling report
The next step now is to merge the forward kit cockpit section to the resin aft section. Unfortunately there is a height difference, the resin part is about 2 mm less heigh. I sorted this out by removing a slice at the upper rear spine on the two plastic fuselage left- and right- parts A1 and A2.
I also found that there would be less tension if you would make a cut and remove some plastic at the aft upper horizontal floor on part A8.
A very strong joint as a lot of handling would be needed because sanding would be a massive effort. Using two-component glue and various plastic strips I managed to get a strong bond and also suggest not to fit part A11.
The joint area was sanded and puttied to get a smooth result.
Next are the Belcher Bits resin intakes.
These required removal of resin at the aft surfaces through sanding. I
also had to remove height on the small side air intakes and boundary layer
area moulded on the fuselage parts A1 and A2. It is essential to have a
smooth joint on the visible intakes sides to the aft resin fuselage. I
also found the height of the intakes to be a bit too heigh, particularly
on the right intake. Some card was glued on the aft and lower area. Sanding
and puttying was necessary here quite a lot.
The next step is to fit the converted
wings to the fuselage. Again to get a good joint and horizontally aligned
wings, metal wires were used. The wing should be perfectly horizontal with
Next, the supplied resin tip tanks
were added; note these are quite different from those used on the F-5E.
Make sure they are fitted horizontal and parallel. I also drilled out two
holes on the rear fuselage to take the two horizontal stabilizers later
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