Week 54  This week we get cockpit sides part 2

The bits we received

And what we did with them

You will find that the slots on these parts are too narrow to fit over the brass spars.  There are a couple of ways round this problem.  The first is simply to file out the slots with a small round file.  However, this can be quite tricky and time consuming.  The second method is to file down the brass spars until they are thin enough to fit in the slots.  Both methods work equally as well, but the latter is easier to do.  Filing out the slots is self explanatory so I won't discuss it further.  However, filing down the spars is worth explaining in more detail. 

Offer up the castings to the fuselage and mark the brass spars to show the positions where they need to be thinned down.  Now file the top and bottom of the spars until they will fit inside the slots.  You will need to chamfer the outside of the spars a bit to get a perfect fit.  The photo below shows how I re-shaped the spars.

The same solutions can be applied to the vertical slots, but I have a better solution.  If you insert a screwdriver blade into the slot and twist, half the slot snaps off.  Now clean the end up with a file so that it butts neatly against the previous part.  I think that this gives a much neater and more scale like appearance.  The photo below shows the part after I doctored it.

The photo below shows the modified part in place.

Now simply glue the parts in place with Araldite, not forgetting to take a few strategic measurements to make sure everything is square.

This is what it should look like when completed.

Items not yet competed

Week 47 : Tail Skid support

Week 51 : Fix the cockpit bulkhead

Week 53 : Fix the seat support brackets

Hot tip of the week

Don't get too worried if a part doesn't fit perfectly.  There is usually a fairly easy solution.

How many hours does it take to build the model ??

This week :

3 hrs

Running total :

129 hrs

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