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December 2, 2008

The battle of the barristers (Round two)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:52 pm
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Well, we aren’t in Revell of Germany land! 

Despite what I implied in my post below, I did get some modeling done this weekend.  I worked on the Academy F-8 that Jim Bates and I are challenge building.

Knowing that the Academy kit was a new release and having just come off building the Revell of Germany Hawker Hunter, I expected that the Academy kit would be as nice a fitting kit as the Hunter was.  Wrong!

I was working on the main gear well, which is one of the pieces that gets sandwiched between the fuselage pieces before they are assembled.  I test fit the parts and found, to my horror, that the gear well stood proud of the fuselage.  See the photo below.

F-8 main gear well

F-8 main gear well

The solution to this problem was to cut notches in the corners of the well so the well would sit flush in the fuselage.  I removed the portion represented in red in the photo below.

F-8 well insert

F-8 well insert

This allows the well to sit lower in the fuselage and not leave a lip on the fuselage side.

Corrected gear well

Corrected gear well

Now this does create an area at the end of the well that has to be filled, but I think that will be easier to fix than the well sitting proud of the fuselage.

Area to fill

Area to fill

Ok Jim, your turn.


  1. Glad to see you are making progress!

    Comment by skip — December 3, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  2. David, I looked at the bottom of my Crusader. I am not sure that my main wheel well part extended as far as your first photo but it was not any problem. The mail wheel well doors are mounted to this area. They fit well into the corner created by the fuselage side and the main wheel well part. The tricky part to fit is A8. It needs to fit level with the bottom of the fuselage. Test fit this part early.


    Comment by Clare — December 10, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  3. David,

    Did my message of last night get through


    Comment by Clare — December 11, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

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