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      Post #77309, posted on 01-06-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Evening all,

      A rather large package arrived from Hannants today - Mach 2's 1/72nd DC-8 has finally arrived! Having got my civvy-aviation mojo thoroughly going, I've dived right in this very evening...

      I've gone for the Iberia scheme as I love its retro look:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The box is literally crammed with parts:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Instructions are - how can we put it? - basic, but should do the job on a relatively simple kit such as this:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Paint guide and decals, which seem to be nicely printed:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      A bit of flash to clean up here and here, but surface detail is nicely done:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Transparencies are done as individual cabin windows, and the cockpit has the roof section moulded integrally: 

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      So... tonight I've made a start and I've begun by joining the rearmost section of fuselage containing the tail cone to the main fuselage parts. I like to work on fuselages in one piece and from experience it's easier to get a good, clean join this way. 

      First of all I have cleaned the mating surfaces with a file to ensure they are perfectly true:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Not really trusting butt-joints I have added a ring of plastic card around each section:

      by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Here the upper fuselage is glued and clamped, whilst the lower is just a dry-fit, which as you can see is a pretty good fit:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      And even better news is I've just offered up the fuselage halves and they are identical in length/depth - so far, so good!

      Updates are likely to be sporadic due to work and other projects on the go, so bear with me!

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      Post #77310, posted on 01-06-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Will be watching with interest for this one! Does this kit happen to include the engines for the -30 as well as -50?

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      Post #77311, posted on 01-06-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      You are most brave, sir! I'll be watching closely how you tackle this. I like the looks of the real article, and actually flew on one in 1979, but (shockingly) know very little about the aircraft. Had Heller released a 1/72 DC-8 instead of a 707, I probably would have headed straight into Douglas territory at an early stage, but history ran differently. Best regards!

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      Post #77312, posted on 01-06-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      One thing I noticed with previous reviews of this model and again with this build ( which is great to follow!), there seems to be something not quite right with the cabin windows . The aspect ratio appears too tall:narrow.
      Comments?

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      Post #77317, posted on 01-07-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Will be watching with interest for this one! Does this kit happen to include the engines for the -30 as well as -50?



      No - just the single engine type pictured in the sprue shots above.

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      Post #77318, posted on 01-07-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      You are most brave, sir! I'll be watching closely how you tackle this. I like the looks of the real article, and actually flew on one in 1979, but (shockingly) know very little about the aircraft. Had Heller released a 1/72 DC-8 instead of a 707, I probably would have headed straight into Douglas territory at an early stage, but history ran differently. Best regards!



      I too am not particularly familiar with the DC-8 family, but do like its sleek good looks. I've also got the Heller 707 to do, and will perhaps get around to it after this as seeing both on the table will offer interesting comparisons...

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      Post #77319, posted on 01-07-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      One thing I noticed with previous reviews of this model and again with this build ( which is great to follow!), there seems to be something not quite right with the cabin windows . The aspect ratio appears too tall:narrow.
      Comments?



      To be honest I'm not familiar enough with the DC-8 to comment. At this time, the windows are still a bit 'flashy' and will need some cleaning up, so that may make the difference. I'll keep you updated and you can see how they look when I've done some work on them.

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      Post #77325, posted on 01-08-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      More DC-8 progress last night...

      The tail cone sections are now securely attached to the fuselages, with the fit being fine:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The cabin window apertures are a little 'flashy':

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      These were cleaned up and made more uniform with a file and some sandpaper:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Here are the basic flightdeck components:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      ... and as these come don't fit too well:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      But with a quick once-over with a file the cockpit, and the nose wheel bay, all fit together quite snugly:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      This then slots nicely into the fuselage:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      But for some reason there's only a raised guide on the right hand side, so I quickly made one for the left from Evergreen:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      This results in a reasonable fit when the fuselage halves are brought together - they are only dry-fitted here and when a bit of pressure is applied the floor meets the sidewalls fine:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      I'm going to see if I can get a splash of paint on the flightdeck over the weekend, but that'll depend on the weather...

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      Post #77333, posted on 01-08-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Good work! This will be an interesting build to follow....

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      Post #77334, posted on 01-08-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Ya I'm really excited to see the progress with this kit!! Can't wait to see how the engines turn out!

      Long live the DC-8!!!

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      Post #77348, posted on 01-10-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Greetings Jesse!

      I try not to rain on anyone's parade, but if you're a Future DC-8 Captain, you'd better get cracking! Time may be running out soon...of course, not for you, but for the DC-8!!

      Regarding DC-8 windows, the shape of them is quite rounded in the corners, a bit more than what this kit has. Refer to photos and you'll see this. More details to follow...

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      Post #77351, posted on 01-10-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Regarding DC-8 windows, the shape of them is quite rounded in the corners, a bit more than what this kit has. Refer to photos and you'll see this. More details to follow...

      Best regards,
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      I think the windows probably are a bit too square - this could be easily remedied by lining the apertures with Evergreen if one was so inclined.

      I've still got the bit well and truly between my teeth with this build - I nipped into the shed and sprayed some of Halfords' finest grey primer on the cockpit and interior to make it nice and dark in there:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      I added some lead to the extreme nose with Araldite 5 minute exposy, and have painted the basics of the rear bulkhead. I haven't added the seats at this point as they can be done later. I had to file the forward bulkhead and floor a little to get a really snug fit of the tub into the fuselage, as can be seen by the exposed plastic. This results in the top of the instrument coming fitting correctly beneath the canopy sill and ensures the fuselage halves meet correctly:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Once the fuselage halves were joined I thought I'd add the fin whilst the wind was in my sails:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The fit wasn't great here to be honest, but I could have spent a bit more time filing and trimming to get a better join. Still, nothing a bit of careful sanding and some Milliput won't fix.

      Here's the 'problem' area:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Starting to look the part:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      It's easy to think that the DC-8 is a big aircraft, until you compare it to a DC-10!

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      I'm going to get the joints cleaned up next before having a look at the wings. 

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      Post #77364, posted on 01-11-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Good work Tom. Is that the AIM/Transport Wings DC-10? Looks impressive. I must get on to building my one. How are you finding the DC-8?

      Looks like you'll be using a bit of putty on the fin. I have ordered mine and its on its way, so I am very interested in your progress and any tips and suggestions.

      Overall the shape of the model looks good to me, though the nose seems a little fat. But that might be just my perception, I'm no expert.

      Placed next to that DC-10 I am surprised how big the -8 is.

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      Post #77385, posted on 01-13-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Good work Tom. Is that the AIM/Transport Wings DC-10? Looks impressive. I must get on to building my one. How are you finding the DC-8?

      Looks like you'll be using a bit of putty on the fin. I have ordered mine and its on its way, so I am very interested in your progress and any tips and suggestions.

      Overall the shape of the model looks good to me, though the nose seems a little fat. But that might be just my perception, I'm no expert.

      Placed next to that DC-10 I am surprised how big the -8 is.



      Yes indeed it is the AIM DC-10 - it's a slow-burner but I'm making some steady headway.

      I'm no expert on the DC-8 so can't comment on the shape issues to be honest, but it's certainly not proving a particularly challenging build yet - famous last words...

      The DC-8 continues to progress well - all joints have been filled with Milliput which is my filler of choice. I put on more than is needed as it helps with blending process. Sandpaper and some water to keep dust to the minimum are the tools of the trade!

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The sanding process proved to be completely trouble-free and now all joins are blended nicely. The tail fin issue is now a distant memory, and the rear fuselage section has a seamless join:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      A bit of scribing was needed on the underside fairing to reinstate the panel lines - which incidentally all line up perfectly:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      I think the Mach 2 certainly goes a long way to capturing the look of the DC-8:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      On another forum I had a request to show the cockpit glazing and thought you guys might be interested too - a bit of work will be needed at the base of the windscreen to get the look right here:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Now I'm keen to see what the wings have to offer...

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      Post #77388, posted on 01-13-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking good! The cockpit window frames and glass are a bit thick by the looks, but the overall shape doesn't look to bad to my eye. The The Milliput works well, I will use that too. Being water based yes agree much easier to work with. What will you use to glue the cabin windows in?

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      Post #77389, posted on 01-13-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Nice work Tom!

      I am seriously interested in this one, but I can't claim to be an expert on the DC-8 either...especially with subtle shape issues. Is anyone detecting any major inaccuracies (aside from the previously mentioned cabin window shape) based on Tom's photos? It looks pretty good to my untrained eye.

      I am also thinking that one may be able to use the HaHen 707-400 Conway engines to convert this to a RR machine with some work. I will do some research...

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      Post #77391, posted on 01-13-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      First off--hats off to you on this build, as it's a bold move on your part.

      Dan asked about obvious shape issues. There's nothing wrong with the profile as far as I can see, but I recommend looking at photos of real DC-8s taken from overhead (or underneath) of the nose area, particularly as it tapers to the radome, and studying them closely. I'd be interested in your thoughts at how this kit compares to them. Here's one example:

      https://www.airliners.net/photo/American-International-Airways/Douglas-DC-8-55-F/5803065?qsp=eJwtjM0KwkAMBt8lZ3sQqUhv/tz14AuE5EOL1V2yAV1K3924eBtmYGaS9HJ8/FozaKACNrnTijIbPwsNMz1Q38k0mE7Hbtf1feSSzA81lLJjL4Ls0L8/m8J%2BCUXa6RbndQDs0pg22/A6ljxxe8B5nGhZvh8FLh4%3D

      I'm not saying the Heller kit gets it exactly right on the 707 either, by the way.

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      Post #77392, posted on 01-13-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks great! What exact steps do you follow with Milliput? Filling and sanding is my least favorite part of modeling, so any way to simplify it would help....

      Heller's 707 has quite a few issues, some of which can be ignored, but others that will drive you nuts once you see them.

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      Post #77403, posted on 01-15-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      I am also thinking that one may be able to use the HaHen 707-400 Conway engines to convert this to a RR machine with some work.



      Dan, the kit's engines (provided you buy a DC-8-30, which comes with both JT4As and JT3Ds) are far easier to convert to Conways than HaHen's engines which are for the 707. The DC-8's JT4A and Conways had very similar pylons, nacelles, exhausts, and ejectors.

      And yes, the nose is a bit fat in planform, but the thick plastic means that is easy to put right with a bit of sanding.

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      Post #77405, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Looking good! The cockpit window frames and glass are a bit thick by the looks, but the overall shape doesn't look to bad to my eye. The The Milliput works well, I will use that too. Being water based yes agree much easier to work with. What will you use to glue the cabin windows in?



      I'm not planning in using kit windows - I'll likely go for Micro Kyrstal Clear or the like. Saves a lot of faffing with masking!

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      Post #77406, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      First off--hats off to you on this build, as it's a bold move on your part.

      Dan asked about obvious shape issues. There's nothing wrong with the profile as far as I can see, but I recommend looking at photos of real DC-8s taken from overhead (or underneath) of the nose area, particularly as it tapers to the radome, and studying them closely. I'd be interested in your thoughts at how this kit compares to them. Here's one example:

      https://www.airliners.net/photo/American-International-Airways/Douglas-DC-8-55-F/5803065?qsp=eJwtjM0KwkAMBt8lZ3sQqUhv/tz14AuE5EOL1V2yAV1K3924eBtmYGaS9HJ8/FozaKACNrnTijIbPwsNMz1Q38k0mE7Hbtf1feSSzA81lLJjL4Ls0L8/m8J%2BCUXa6RbndQDs0pg22/A6ljxxe8B5nGhZvh8FLh4%3D

      I'm not saying the Heller kit gets it exactly right on the 707 either, by the way.



      Without the cockpit glazing on it's hard to judge the overall shape of the nose. There's also the chin intakes still to be fitted which can throw the look out. I personally don't think there's much wrong with it, but then I'm the wrong person to ask as I tend to build them as they come and am not overly familiar with the DC-8. I'll leave others who are better informed that I to make their judgements.

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      Post #77407, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Looks great! What exact steps do you follow with Milliput? Filling and sanding is my least favorite part of modeling, so any way to simplify it would help....

      Heller's 707 has quite a few issues, some of which can be ignored, but others that will drive you nuts once you see them.



      When I use Milliput I ensure it's really well mixed and warmed up in my hands. This makes it very malleable and easy to form the shape you need. When applied, I use an old penknife dipped in some water to smooth it all out, which cut down the amount of sanding actually needed. In some instances, you can smooth a wing to fuselage joint, for example, with a wet cotton bud and there's no sanding needed at all.

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      Post #77408, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      I've built up the wings over the last few sessions at the bench - you'll be pleased to know that were no dramas here and they build up absolutely fine. Again I was impressed that top and bottom panels lines largely matched up:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      I've now mated the wings to the fuselage. Being Mach 2, and knowing things were going too well, these didn't fit was well as the fuselage has done so far - the mating surfaces are not completely true and although I did some careful filing, I'm still left with some gaps to sort. However, you don't buy a Mach 2 kit and expect Tamiya quality:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The left wing is worse that the right - you can see that the wing itself it a little longer than the fairing on the fuselage. I decided it align the trailing edge, and consider it easier to blend this forward fairing than faff about with the rear:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      More gaps below:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Still, nothing major and Milliput will make short work of that - he says hopefully...

      It's starting to look like a DC-8 though:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Now it'll be a filling/sanding session - wish me luck!

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      Post #77410, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Tom -- watching with interest! Thanks for the entertainment! A couple of questions:

      - Do you find polystyrene cement is sufficient to hold it all together, or are you using epoxy or cyanoacrylate glues? It would be terrible for the fuselage seam to crack open when handled and all that...

      - If the fin and tailplane fitting tabs are tiny, those on the wing are minuscule. Have you used any additional structural stiffening, or are you trusting it will all stay in one piece?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Post #77411, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Tom -- watching with interest! Thanks for the entertainment! A couple of questions:

      - Do you find polystyrene cement is sufficient to hold it all together, or are you using epoxy or cyanoacrylate glues? It would be terrible for the fuselage seam to crack open when handled and all that...

      - If the fin and tailplane fitting tabs are tiny, those on the wing are minuscule. Have you used any additional structural stiffening, or are you trusting it will all stay in one piece?

      Thanks in advance.

      Peter



      Hi Peter,

      I've been using Revell Contacta for the fuselage and this provides ample strength. The plastic is thick, but quite soft, and the Contacta is reacting very well.

      For the wings, due to the limited tabs provided, I've used Araldite Epoxy glue which has given a rock-hard join. Due to the aforementioned thickness of the plastic, the wings barely move. I was considering adding a metal spar through the fuselage and into the wings, but this hasn't been necessary. The fin was attached just using Contacta - and I'll make a decision on the stabs when the time comes.

      I hope that helps.
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      Post #77413, posted on 01-16-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Looks great! What exact steps do you follow with Milliput? Filling and sanding is my least favorite part of modeling, so any way to simplify it would help....

      Heller's 707 has quite a few issues, some of which can be ignored, but others that will drive you nuts once you see them.



      When I use Milliput I ensure it's really well mixed and warmed up in my hands. This makes it very malleable and easy to form the shape you need. When applied, I use an old penknife dipped in some water to smooth it all out, which cut down the amount of sanding actually needed. In some instances, you can smooth a wing to fuselage joint, for example, with a wet cotton bud and there's no sanding needed at all.



      Thanks I'll have to give that a whirl on my next build!

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      Post #77417, posted on 01-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Morning all,

      With the wings securely attached to the fuselage and the Milliput drying, I set have about the horizontal stabilisers. As with the wings, after the removal of a little flash, the fit was absolutely fine with no filling needed:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      However, my joy was short-lived... and you know I said this build had been reasonably trouble-free thus far? Famous last words! 

      I was checking out the fit of the stabilisers and was scratching my head a I simply couldn't get them to align properly. Then I discovered a bit of a problem...

      IMG_E1016 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Let me explain...

      The red lines are the true vertical and horizontal - the fin and the wings line up with these lines well;
      The blue lines are the positions of the fairings above and below the mounting points for the stabilisers;
      The green line is superimposed over a piece of plastic strip threaded through the openings for the stabilisers.

      As you can see, the starboard stabiliser is mounted considerably higher on the fuselage than the port - no wonder they wouldn't line up! Having consulted numerous photographs, I have come to the conclusion that it is the starboard stabiliser that's been moulded too high.

      So... here's the starboard mounting point as it comes in the kit:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      And here's my relatively simple solution - I've sanded off the raised fairings, and after some careful measuring have lowered the attachment hole, bringing it in line with the port side. A plastic card plug covers the original hole. After the stabiliser is attached, I will then add the raised fairings from plastic card, and it should be problem solved. 

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Other Mach 2 DC-8 builders beware!

      I'll keep you posted...

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      Post #77420, posted on 01-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Ah, there's the little surprise in store for you from Mach 2! I encountered this problem on my Caravelle, and would have been stunned had the DC-8 not suffered similarly. Not only did the horizontal stabilizers not line up in the horizontal, but the engine stub wings also! I corrected all of these. In addition, when viewed in plan-form, the Caravelle's tail-cone was extremely asymmetrical. Don't even ask about the cockpit/forward fuselage shape!

      Your solution is the correct one. Do press on! You're getting there.

      JAT = "Joke About Time" :pp

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      Post #77422, posted on 01-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Great workaround! What is the thickness of the "plug" used to lower the attachment hole?

      Mike

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      Post #77428, posted on 01-18-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Ah, there's the little surprise in store for you from Mach 2! I encountered this problem on my Caravelle, and would have been stunned had the DC-8 not suffered similarly. Not only did the horizontal stabilizers not line up in the horizontal, but the engine stub wings also! I corrected all of these. In addition, when viewed in plan-form, the Caravelle's tail-cone was extremely asymmetrical. Don't even ask about the cockpit/forward fuselage shape!

      Your solution is the correct one. Do press on! You're getting there.



      Thankfully, this kit is nowhere near as bad - this is the only major problem I've found so far. Sounds as if I need to give the Caravelle a wide berth...

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      Post #77429, posted on 01-18-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      Great workaround! What is the thickness of the "plug" used to lower the attachment hole?

      Mike



      Hi Mike,

      The plug is 2mm in depth - this doesn't sound like much but makes a significant difference to the look of the model!

      I spent some time at the bench last night sanding the wing joins. A pretty successful operation - the leading edge of the port wing has been corrected with Milliput and it now matches the starboard side:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Milliput easily took care of the gaps where the upper wings joined the fuselage fairings:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The underside was a similar story  -no drama here other then needing to reinstate some obliterated panel lines:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Phase one of the starboard stabiliser correction was a resounding success - it'll need a quick lick of filler and the raised fairings made and added to be complete:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Regardless about what you may think about Mach 2 kits, this one is certainly DC-8 shaped:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Next up will be finishing off the stabilisers and then it's on to the engines...

      See you all soon,
      Tom

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      Post #77430, posted on 01-18-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Tom!

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      Post #77450, posted on 01-20-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      I've begun working on the engines - here they are in their raw form:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      It's useful to have the intakes as single pieces which means you don't need to worry about hiding an unsightly join.

      The pylons have been assembled and added to the wings - fit isn't great but filler will do it's stuf:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      The engines themselves were assembled without issue:

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      The chin intakes will need a bit of blending with filler, but are a reasonable starting point:

      Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      More filling and sanding ahead, but it's all good fun!

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      Post #77451, posted on 01-20-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      great stuff Tom. My kit arrived this week and I was impressed with it. You have done some nice work on the intake lips for the engines, I notice the intake parts in my kit will need a fair bit of sanding. I think that the fan might be set a little forward, so I will toy with the idea of setting it back a bit deeper. Also I plan to make the center spinner cone larger as it looks small to me.

      But overall I like the kit and am impressed with how quickly you are getting through your build.

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      Post #77463, posted on 01-22-2021 GMT-5 hours    
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      great stuff Tom. My kit arrived this week and I was impressed with it. You have done some nice work on the intake lips for the engines, I notice the intake parts in my kit will need a fair bit of sanding. I think that the fan might be set a little forward, so I will toy with the idea of setting it back a bit deeper. Also I plan to make the center spinner cone larger as it looks small to me.

      But overall I like the kit and am impressed with how quickly you are getting through your build.



      You are right that the intakes needed some clean up - there was quite a bit of flash present here. Once done though, they fit well. There is an annoying moudling 'pip' in the centre of each intake, however, which is difficult to remove. Still, it'll be hidden when the fan is added.

      I'm still in the process of filling the pylons and nacelles - hopefully an update soon!

      Tom