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  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Flyhawk P.E.
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, December 04, 2017 10:02 PM

I'm working on a 1/350th Mogami cruiser/carrier for a friend.  He said he wanted some P.E. and wooden deck parts.  There are no wood decks on this ship but I did pick up the Flyhawk P.E. set that has a lot of detail, some of which I am not physically able to use because of thier size.  There are more than 15 frets in this set along with barrels and other things. 

The brass parts to cover the decks are very thin and they seem to line up with the detail easilly enough.  It does take some effort to co-ordinate between the kit instructions and the P.E. instructions. 

The P.E. sheets have several nice color photos to help but some things could use some explaining.  For instance, they show some parts colored red or blue but so far I haven't seen any explanation of what this really means.  Do I cut something off the plastic part of cut through the brass?  I'm not sure.  I considered trying to contact the company but considering they are based in China and have shown a couple spelling errors in their instructions and Chinese companies are not exactly noted for customer service, I thought I might try here.

Has anyone used this company's products before and might be able to give a few answers or opinions?

  • Member since
    July, 2010
  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 10:15 PM

Ikar,

I have used Flyhawk PE and hopefully will be able to help you. Usually, the Blue diagrams are for the P.E. part itself and the Red shows how it should look when finished. The photos show how it should look In place.

That being said, Flyhawk instructions are no where near as clear as Eduard’s  are by a long shot. So, why do I use them? Well, I love how much they pack into a set for one thing. Another is that they include resin and brass parts too.

What are the drawbacks? Well, as you have noticed they are not always clear and they do not include all the parts in their instruction! So I usually do as much research as possible to figure out where missing pieces from the instructions go. I also use Kagero’s 3D books but please realize that they are not always correct either.

Hopefully this helps some but if not, please ask and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Steve

       

 

 

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:34 PM

The deck sections are so thin that when you cut them loose, they curl up.  I tested one deck and it seemed to fit well until I came to the molded in containers on the deck.  Then the slightly raised parts for the access ladders to teh lower decks and their covers.  What was I supposed to do, cut them out of the P.E. or off the plastic deck?I ended up leaving of the thin metal.  I tried attaching the Linoleum deck on one section and it never laid down right but showed some problems sticking that made it look like old linoleum that lifted off the floor.  Those deck panels should have bee made of thicker material and the molded parts added seperately.

I glued one piece onto the underside of a deck replacement part and found out that it looked upside down because the hatches were about a scale 10 feet or so off the deck.  I'm hoping to fide evidence that there will be some kind of railing part to fit near its present location.   Like you said, there is a lot of detail here but at times I have had to by pass some of it to make it easier to figure out.

  • Member since
    July, 2010
  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Sunday, December 10, 2017 8:24 PM

Do you have some pictures? It might be easier to see what all going on.

Steve

       

 

 

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