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My attempt to make the Kitty Hawk Banshee look a little better

January 5 2017 at 6:57 PM

Corey in Colorado  (Login cransom)
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So the F2H-2 is a subject that's close to my heart and I was very excited when the Kitty Hawk Banshee was released. I bought three kits and started the kits immediately when they arrived. Like so many other modelers, I am really disappointed by this kit, by both the accuracy errors and also the poor kit engineering. The kit is over-engineered and over-complicated with too many gimmicky parts that fit poorly together. There are several accuracy problems that have been pointed out here often, with perhaps the overly thick wing root/intake/engine area as being the most glaring.
The wing problem bothered me, but I wasn't going to let it deter me from building the Banshee. My initial thoughts were to ignore the wing. Then I wondered if I could perhaps sand a bit of the "bulge" out of the kit part. I tried sanding down this area inside the tape:

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I found that it did help reduce the bulge slightly, but it didn't do anything to reduce the arch of the wing root. The very top of the wing root sits too high on the fuselage and this contributes to the bulging wing. The sanding did not remedy this. I wondered if I could cut out the bulge and create a new camber to the wing root area. My goal isn't perfection, but to make the kit look a little better. I cut out the sanded area like this:

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My next step was to build a lath on which I could add dental acrylic/superglue mix. I used strip styrene for this.

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After my initial attempt at building a lath, I found that the top of the wing had lost it's shape and would no longer fit in the fuselage. I started over and this time, I taped the top of the wing to fuselage. This way, the fuselage would act as a jig to keep the wing in shape. I glued a couple strips in place while the wing was still attached to the fuselage. When the super glue was dried, the first couple strips held the wing to shape.

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With the wing held in the correct shape by the first couple strips, I popped it out and glued in the rest of the strips. Then I added a dental acrylic (FreeFlow) /Zap a Gap mix (thanks for the inspiration Paul Budzik!) to fill the hole.

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Once the the acrylic/superglue mix dried, I sanded to shape. Here is the final product taped in place. I was careful to make sure the new camber wouldn't interfere with the intake, engine, exhaust parts. I'm fairly confident it works. We'll see when I go to glue it all together!

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The next step, once I get the wing and fuselage assembled and attached, is to fill the largish gap where the arch of the wingroot had previously been. I haven't decided on how yet, but I'll figure it out.

I think the new camber looks better, more Banshee-ish. What do you folks think?

Corey

 
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