It's been a weekend away for us so bench time has been pretty much non-existent. I've done a bit since we arrived home this afternoon but thought I'd post it up anyway.
As this is a later Lot jet there are a few panels that need be filled to make it up to date. Hasegawa kindly provide a diagram for the nose panels that need to be filled which is what I've done.
To fill the holes I've mixed up some CA and talc to make a material that's quite easy to sand. Mr Surfacer could probably do the job but as it dries it shrinks and leaves the filled areas still visible. This results in an added application and sometimes more depending on how big the area is. This mix of CA and talc has been around for a while and some manufacturers have even produced 'microballons' that act like the talc.
I've applied it with a toothpick on both areas of the nose which need correction. I'll hit them with some wet 400 once dry and then a scrotchbrite to polish to remove any sanding marks.
The Super Hornet continues.
The nose and cockpit tub is together though I've got a couple of seams to remove to make it a RAAF jet. The instructions are kind enough to show you which ones need changing and removal. The fit so far has been excellent with minimal cleanup work. Don't mind the bare plastic in bottom of the tub. I had to remove the locating rail for the bottom of the seat for the resin replacements when they eventually arrive.
The tub is basic but you get the idea.
I like Hornets...a lot. I don't know what it is about them but the combination of elegant design, capability and cool factor do it for me. I occassionally see them zooming around Brisbane although they seem to be flying a lot higher and faster than the F-111's ever did. I hear them but spotting them is a harder game, probably due to their colour scheme blending into the atmosphere.
Steve Evans from Ronin decals released the 1 Squadron Anniversary decals in 72 scale earlier in the year and I was quick to jump on them. My only problem was that I didn't have a kit so I was stalled for the moment.
Our recent swap meet here in Brisbane yielded nothing either so it took a trip into one of the Hobby Stores in the Brisbane CBD to acquire the kit that was appropriate to do a RAAF version that would wear the Ronin decals.
So with that in mind and a few accessories plus a few on order I'm going to turn this...