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Tamiya F-35A-WIP

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  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 6:07 AM

Got my stuff from Germany, and I'm very impressed with the quality.  The wheel set is especially nice, with the smallest details crisply replicated...even brake lines and safety wire are molded in.  Here are some pics...only took about a week to get here.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 8:56 AM

Eagle, I'm really going to school with your build here. Seeing how you are accomplishing this build is giving me the confidence to attempt this kit later this year. A few years ago I attempted to build the Meng F-35 kit and what a nightmare. As expensive as the kit was, I eventually consigned it all to the recycle bin.

Keep the hits coming.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    June 2011
  • From: Iola, KS
Posted by MrRabbit on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 10:40 AM

weighted wheels....  is this a tail sitter?

 

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 10:49 AM

Thanks for stopping by, Frank.  I'm definitely deviating from the instructions on this one, because the order they have you do things in doesn't necessarily always make sense.  One more gotcha I found out about is the side panels for the weapons bays.  They fit very nicely, but they are also kind of a flimsy part that is very easy to get slightly out of alignment when cementing them in place.  They also lend to the rigidity of the whole fuselage, so until the cemented plastic re-hardens, that can ALSO throw things out of whack.  Heh...maybe if I hadn't deviated from the instructions for ease of masking/painting that part, it would have gone a little more smoothly.  I guess I can't fault Tamiya on that one.

 

Mr. Rabbit, thanks for stopping by.  I'm not sure I understand what you're asking.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    June 2011
  • From: Iola, KS
Posted by MrRabbit on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 11:16 AM

Eaglecash867
Mr. Rabbit, thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure I understand what you're asking.

 

A tail sitter =  A model that is too heavy in the back so to get it to sit on its landing gear you have to weight the nose

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 12:05 PM

I understand that, but how does that relate to the other part of your post about weighted wheels? 

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    June 2011
  • From: Iola, KS
Posted by MrRabbit on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 1:45 PM

one of the pics you posted of aftermark stuff shows "weighted wheels"  Ive never seen those before.  Are they weighted to act as a counter weight for a tail sitter?

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 2:01 PM

Oh!!  Nope.  Weighted wheels are made to have the slightly flattened bottom section that the tires on real aircraft do.  They're made to look like there is weight on them, rather than the magical zero gravity wheels and tires that come in most model kits. Cool

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    June 2011
  • From: Iola, KS
Posted by MrRabbit on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 2:44 PM

got it.  Thankyou for the clarification :)

 

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 5:34 PM

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 9:31 AM

Coming right along. Good progress, nice work. Yes

-Greg

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