|Tamiya A-1 H, 1/48
- Ash tray bowls added left and right to cockpit sides.
- Threat indicator scope from part of tube with plastic
spue core added on top right side of instrument panel.
- Wings folded (see picture in German page, description
- Collision light on top of fin made of clear sprue,
coloured with permanent ink marker pen.
- (Otherwise straight from the box).
Folded wings (also applicable for other models,
- Cut off outer wings along panel lines; don't worry
about thin rectangles in inner part of the wing, as these parts aren't of
further use they are cut out afterwards.
- Scrape/sand all inner surfaces to be seen later to
approximate metal sheet thickness (thin); is to say: remove a flat wedge.
- Cement two strips of plastic in upper part of inner
wings where the cutouts end, thickness about the thickness of the steel wire
you would use later; cement a plastic strip wide enough to cover both strips
on top (this
forms a housing where one half of the steel wire is to rest).
- Repeat procedure on outer wings (lay both wing parts
close together to get a good match of the housings; with an inset appropriate length
of steel wire matching of both wing halves can be ensured).
- Insert bulkheads to inner and outer wing parts (as this
depends on the material taken away the form has to be found by trial and error).
- Form interiors of inner and outer wings according to
photos of the original (fixing of folded wings in principle: eyes in inner and
outer wing interlock and are secured by a lengthwise horizontal pin; then
there are some rods to flaps and/or trim tabs and some wiring); Skyraiders
usually had a canvas covering fastened by push buttons, in my example it was
missing so I had to detail a little more; in a later photo the canvas covering
was present again (well...).
- Bend steel wire to correct angle of folded wings.
Insert in inner wings.
- Join inner and outer wings (A thin layer of "UHU" -glue
- Add necessary details to conceal steel wires where visible (Skyraider
rear ones were N-shaped).
thoughts and tips for modeling see "Modeling ABC"