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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Help! I sanded off too much
Posted by berny13 on Thursday, February 20, 2003 2:50 PM
I took two kits in 1/48 scale, a Monogram F-80C and a Hobby Craft RT-33A and am making an RF-80A. I had to do a lot of filling, shiming and sanding to get the two sections to match up. I sanded so much I went completely through the plastic and now have a hole in the side of the nose. I thought about applying a patch to simulate battle damage repair but the reference photograph of the aircraft I am building doesn't show a patch. Can any one come up with a suggestion.
The model will be finished in natural metal. It will have clear camera windows and I have already scratchbuilt the cameras and associated equipment in the camera bay.

Berny

 Phormer Phantom Phixer

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TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Canada / Czech Republic
Posted by upnorth on Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:38 PM
How big is the hole and can you still get at it without pulling what you currently have built apart?

If you can get at the hole from behind, thats from the side of the piece that will be facing inside the model, cement a peice of sheet styrene slightly bigger than the hole over the opening with CA glue. Once the piece of styrene is secure, flip your kit part over to the side that will be the visible part and fill in the hole with epoxy putty,I recomend Milliput superfine (thats the white coloured one). The styrene piece will act as a backing for the putty and when all is cured, you can sand the Milliput flush with the rest of the surface and scribe correct panel lines into it.

If you cant get at the hole to patch from behind, mark a border around the perimeter of the hole, about 1/8 inch further out from the edge of the hole in all directions, and carefully use a small file to grind down the marked area slightly,
cut a peice of fine, stiff metal mesh to the shape of the entire area so that when its glued down, it sits with its edges on the filed out area. The mesh should sit slightly below the surface of the plastic and act as a support for Milliput over top of it. Again, once the miliput is cured, sand it flush with the model surface and engrave correct panel lines.

I know that sounds like a lot, but believe me, this is one of those rare occaisions when something is easier done than said.

I hope it works out for you
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:31 PM
upnorth

The forward fuselage is already put together. I can't get to that area because the nose wheel well and the cockpit is installed. The whole area where the hole is, is very thin and is not flat but has a slight curve in it. I have thought about filler putty but your idea of milliput sounds better. I'll give it a try and see what happens.

Berny

 Phormer Phantom Phixer

On the bench

TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

Tamiya F-4D Phantom II, 13th TFS, 66-8711, 1/32 scale.  F-4 Phantom Group Build. 

 

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