Frustrated

Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot seem to catch a break with Airfix. The cockpit went together well, but that’s about the easiest part with any kit. The fuselage halves had a great dry fit. The cockpit fit well into the grooves on the fuselage. When I joined the two fuselage halves together, it wasn’t so good. It seems as though the cockpit is too wide. I tried sanding a little off to no avail. After deciding to bite the bullet and take on my date with filling and sanding, I angrily bonded them together. I took some quality time yesterday to correct all the gap issues. Thanks to Tamiya’s wonderful filler, it wasn’t as awful as I thought. One round of the process and I should be ok. On a positive note, the wing halves went together beautifully. We’ll see how they want to fit with the plane though.
In the midst of all the Airfix drama, Fujimi has been a safe haven. The MiG-21 has gone flawlessly. I haven’t had any issues so far and I don’t foresee any to come. I was able to get the underside painted last night and I should be able to get the first color of the camouflage on tonight. I hope to be finished this weekend, then I can focus my attention on the F-51.

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11 thoughts on “Frustrated

  1. I have had exactly the same problem with Airfix kits. I made a 1/48 Lynx last year, fully dressed with the complete eduard etched set and despite my best efforts (I’m 39 years old and have been modelling since 14, so have patience and experience), the fuselage halves would not go together. I completed the kit by filling the quite substantial gap with plasti-card and putty. I have had 2 more disappointing experiences since and have stayed well clear of Airfix kits ever since. I hope you have better luck than I did. The MiG 21 looks like its coming along nicely. There are few substitutes for Japanese engineering! Im looking forward to the end results.

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  2. I’m glad to hear that it’s not just me. I’ve had a few bad experiences myself, leading to a fear of Airfix. The problem is that I have quite a few of them in my collection. The MiG is almost done. I just got done shooting the final color of the camo. It should be complete in a couple of days.

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  3. I admire your stick-to-it-tiveness and perseverance. It is clear how passionate you are for these airplanes. When I think of the care that needs to be taken…I can picture myself breaking pieces constantly.
    Thank you so much for all your likes on my posts; I certainly appreciate the support.

    Keep up the good work…is there a post somewhere on your blog that shows a large part of your collection? I’d love to see how they are displayed.

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