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Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 2


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Hi all. More progress on the Hawkeye front.


The door on the bottom of each nacelle is installed in the open position.




Outer wing assembly is straightforward, but the configuration is such that clamping all around with wooden spring clothespins is the best way to go. This is due to positionable flaps and ailerons.





There are inserts with proper detail for the wing fold area. Which ones you use depends on whether you want the wings folded or not. My client specified extended, so those inserts include healthy spars that eliminates any possibility of sagging. This shot shows the wing upside down.




And so does this one. Just a different angle.



Here is how it looks when viewed from the top.




In order to get everything tight, clothespins are used for the final fit around the insert.




In order to mount part H1 on top of the radome disc, it's necessary to drill a hole in the center of the disc. Strangely, Kinetic does not have a depression or any other method of locating the centerpoint, so you're gonna have to do it with a pin vise and ye olde eyeball computer.




When joining the upper and lower radome halves, the only practical clamping method is a slew of wood clothespins. If you don't have enough, go buy some. Incidentally, don't forget to install the shaft that allows the dome to rotate (by hand).




If you plan to fold the wings, the doors under the wings that cover the connection need to be posed open. That configuration is seen on the left. You do want to clean up any rough edges where the part might have broken off the sprue. On the right is a door modified to fit closed.




A sanding stick does the job in short order.




Properly trimmed, the doors can be made to fit perfectly.













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