Joe, Nice work to get up and running quickly on this one. It looks to me like Monogram, Academy, and Hasegawa all addressed the wing/boom attachment in the same manner. Your photograph shows the shape of the boom attachment. All three manufacturers use essentially the same shape. I'll be anxious to hear your take on the Hasegawa fit. I previously stated that the Academy wasn't that bad, but did need some fill and rescribing. Boom alignment was good. Good luck, we'll all be watching. Rick
Hello, I thought I would post some pics of my progress on the Lightning. Although I did not experience the common misaligned boom problem that reportedly requires hot water to fix, it did need quite a bit of sanding and rescribing where the booms attach, much like the others I suppose. As I previously mentioned, I think the design of this plane itself in makes kit engineering challenging for any manufacturer. I do think Hasegawa could have done a better job with the fit, which is rough to say the least. I also haye the famous Hasegawa inserts so they can get mileage out of their kits. The Intakes on this version fit poor and don't not fall on natural panel lines, therefore, they will require sanding and filling as well.
Anyways, I thought I would introduce my method of checking seams. I use a silver Sharpie (which got a real workout on this kit). When done sanding a seam, I run the pen along the line and it seems to magnify any spots missed. I think it works like a charm and saves time on primer. Here she is: