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    A little bit of work done. Cockpit done except for the quickboost bang seats. and the nose mated to the fuselage

    Compare this picture to the one of the "D". Just a small gap at the upper corner. Everything else lines up, No sanding or filler needed. Will hit that spot with a little Mr Surfacer and it will be good to go

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    This is where the fit problem is. Where it isn't going to be seen. But once again a little Mr Surfacer 1200 will fill the void nicely
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    The instructions say to fill the holes. But actually you should sand the hump down where the gun is. This is whats taken so long. I backfilled the area with some styrene and superglue. Let it cure for a week before I took the sand paper to it. As you can see Hasegawa cockpits in 1/72 are decals. I'm fine with that, especially since the canopy will be closed and you wont see anything anyway.
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    The gap in front. Plan to use my saw to make it even and insert a piece of styrene . I've done the putty and sand routine. But this is easier and you sand off less detail. The one good thing building the "D" taught me

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    Same on the bottom. Saw and fill. A few seams I need to work on in the intakes
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    I was starting to get a little disheartened while doing the C and D. Old kits that fought me all the way. This G is so much better. This I enjoy. And thats what a hobby is all about
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    Nice to see that I'm not the only guy building around here. Opening the seam and filling with Styrene is a good idea, especially with that very fine razor saw that looks like a razor blade with teeth. Keep up the good work. Now you need to build a 1/72 late issue carrier to carry all of those F-18s.

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    Yea, I needed a week off to get the juices flowing again.
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    Instead of Mr Surfacer, I decided to go a bit old school to get rid of some panel lines that had to go. The lines were not very deep and even Mr Surfacer 1200 is a bit thick to go in them.

    So break out the Tamiya Putty and thin it with a bit of liquid cement.

    The implements of destruction

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    The panels that have to go. While I was at it, I decided to try to fill the small gap at the rear

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    Tomorrow I'll sand it down and see how it comes out.

    (edit) I applied the slurry with a toothpick. There is no way you would get that crap out of a paint brush
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    Used my resin saw and some evergreen sheets to fill the gaps.

    The CMK saw
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    The kerf of the saw is not exactly the same as the thickness of the sheets. And in places the gap between the mating surfaces was wider than the saw.

    But thats a easy fix. Take out a sanding stick and bevel the edge of your styrene sheet. Then wedge the sheet in the gap. And don't forget to glue it on both sides

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    Took about 15min. From start to finish. Much faster than using putty and sanding. Less chance for error, like getting a flat spot in whats suppose to be a round center section, or sanding off part of the IFF box.

    Once again I'll wait to tomorrow to trim the excess.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    And just in case you think I don't do bonehead mistakes.

    Got the Wolfpack resin folding wing set to use. Started removing the pour plug and ws looking at the kit wing part as guidance.

    Went downhill from there.

    The wing is a 2 part assembly. I realized my mistake after I cut the first one.

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    How they both should look
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    Yea, this isn't going to work.
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    My wonderful wife ( the 23d of this month we will have been married 27yrs) took a look at what I did. Then picked up the piece of paper that comes in the Wolfpack set
    and went "Oh look, It has instructions"
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    No model building this weekend.

    Friday was our 27th wedding anniversary. And tonight was the Walking Dead Premere
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    Been a while since an update

    Got all the gaps filled and a coat of paint.. Here is where the last Hornet is at.

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    Just a satin coat away, hang the stuff on the wings and she will be done.

    Maybe this weekend (if the fish are not biting)
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    Final Pics. Finished her up this morning. Seas were 2-4 with a 20kt North wind. So no fishing.

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    That's one example of all the Hornet types flying in the fleet now.

    Think its time to take a break.

    Some family pictures to end the thread

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    F-18C VMFA 232 The Red Devils

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    F-18D VMF(AW) 225 The Vikings

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    F-18E VFA-14 TopHatters

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    F-18F VFA-41 Black Aces

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    F-18G VAQ-132 Scorpions

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    Very nice!

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    Thanks, they were a lot of fun to build. (Most of them)
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