Robert Arance (Login orangelion03) HyperScale Forums from IP address 126.96.36.199
Inspired by a photo of the Black Knights posted in Plane Talking, I purchased the Academy kit of the T-50. I started on it last night and I just had to post how impressed I am by this kit!! National pride must have driven Academy to put their best efforts towards this project. It rivals Tamiya and Hasegawa for quality of engineering and molding. Extremely fine detail, astoundingly good fit. I have all of the main fuselage/wing components either assembled or test fitted and there is no need for filler anywhere. I would love to see them do this level of work every time (who knows, maybe this has increased their level of quality to the point they do apply it to all of their future efforts). If their forthcoming F-4B is at this level...
A little further into the build and I have found two issues (aka nits):
The intakes and trunking: prominent seams inside (I'm solving it with covers); and the trunking is too long, protruding from a joint so that the intakes dont fit unless the trunk is cut down (easy fix)
The cockpit: the tub itself is really well done, but the side walls on the fuselage have a nasty horizontal seam that will be tricky to eliminate without also eliminating some molded in detail.
"Extremely fine detail, astoundingly good fit", no doubt such things are important in modern injection kits but I believe that even more important are the in scale rendition of the real machine capturing shape and volumetry.
I remember the grievance committed by HB Tornadoes and A-7s recently although they were fine recessed and good fit.
Brian, in his post above, brought to my attention the FSM review article and a comment made there regarding the fit of the canopy if displayed in the closed position. Not having access to the article just yet, I ventured to investigate the issue and post about it here.
Absolutely true, there is a fit issue, but an easily corrected one if you wish to have the canopy closed. As pretty as the interior of this model is, I can understand one not wanting to get dust inside. Anyway, here's the pics.
First shot instruction for installing the rear cockpit bulkhead part D4. This is the part that causes the poor fit.
Next is a shot shwing the fit of the canopy on the upper fuselage without D4 in place. Looks good.
This picture shows how tall D4 is and does not leave room to clear the material on the underside of the canopy (thin as it already is)
The fix is as easy are removing material from the bottom edge and sides of D4 until the canopy fits flush with the upper fuselage. (I havent decided if I will do this as I may want the option of changing the pose to suit the display location)
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