Two halves of the fuselage are attached together!

The title actually portrays my feelings toward this build very well.. I do enjoy it, but there isn’t a lot of inspiration coming with it.

This simply is my slightly less loved build.. and since I spent most of the week reading up on the A6M ‘Zero’, I didn’t do a whole lot of work on it.

I took a break from airbrushing, and went on with assembling the fuselage.

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I remember my dad using pieces of lead to weigh the front down on his models, and I think that would be the best material for a reasonable price. I didn’t have any lead laying around though, so I used some hooks from the local discount store and worked with CA glue for the first time to attach it to the model.. and damn, that CA stuff does not mess about! I wasn’t sure if it would hold but I can see why you wouldn’t want to get that stuff on your hands.

Onto slowly gluing the pieces together then..

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As expected the paint will need some work after gluing the pieces together since of course some of it has melted off. I would have expected a better fit on these two halves though, and there are some gaps halfway the fuselage that I can’t seem to get to fit tightly.

There will be some sanding to come on this thing! Hopefully without removing too much of the detail.

It is becoming clear why painting before assembly is generally not a good idea since I will probably have to do some filling to get this right. First it’s time to let this dry though, then onto filling and sanding.

Groetjes,

Dan

PS. I’ll do a separate blog on the Zero build this week because I am really having a blast with that one!

 

3 comments

  1. Funny, my weekend was similar joining the halves of my 1/48 B-29. Today I applied enough filler to build another airplane! The first stage of “sanding” will involve a Dremel! What a beast…

      1. It is jumbo sized!
        But fit is sloppy and everything requires filling and sanding. Very tedious.
        At least I’m finally over the hump assembly wise, I think.
        Finishing will be another epic.

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