Star Wars A-Wing Kit Masters
Preferably without a mallet...
Let's Straighten A Few Things Out Here.
And we be at it again!
Right then troops and troopettes, after some primer, sand, putty, sand, repeat as needed nonsense,
Finally got to the completion of the new engine masters.
Also sorted out the fitting for the rear engine ring.
Simple affair, the lugs for locating it are on the tails with 'stop blocks' on the ring itself.
It all pretty much looks like this...
Well that sorted, time to put into action the fitting of said beastie's for whoever builds one of these things.
Now I am always thinking of how this thing will go together and trying to think like someone who would be giving one of these a go...
Without too much hair pulling and cursing my name.
Anyway, idea is that the engines will be fitted to the top fuselage, cockpit likewise and all wired up.
Now not really a problem with the cockpit but the engines are another matter.
Now a bit of test fitting and fiddling about revealed that the angle of the left engine was off due to a tad of a wonky fitting area.
Add to that fact that the right engine fitted nice but the left one had an uneven gap running front to back along the bottom and we set for some fun and fuming.
Well first the left side bottom gap required a shim of plastic strip 1.5mm front tapering to 0.75mm at the back to fill the worst of the gap.
Straight lines are obviously alien to some folks but I would like there to be at least a few on this fore I cast it.
Well said shim was cut and fitted, had the added bonus of bringing the engine/fin angle into a close match with the right engine.
Ok, to ease the fitment, a small plastic block was fitted at the front of the top fuselage where the engine sits.
The rear sits nicely up against the fuselage top overhang at the back so location should be no problem.
Also the top and bottom fuselage was fitted together and putty was added to make a mating surface for the engine/fin units.
Idea here as noted in the above waffle, fix engines to top fuselage and when top and bottom is fitted together, minimal gapping hopefully.
The pics below kinda lay it out...
Geezoh, what a performance eh?
Right, a few things to fix cockpit wise.
Now the parts should be familiar enough by now...
Some bits added and an interloper in the bottom right corner?!?
Yep, change of brain on a couple of things.
Now then, in order to try and make things a bit simpler for the assembler, it will work kinda like this...
Assemble cockpit bucket.
Assemble and install pilot.
Use the plate to attach the cockpit instrument panel to and install on cockpit bucket via use of strips on said plate to properly fit it.
This part will have the LED for the instruments pre-installed.
Fit instrument assembly into place.
Install the whole shebang as one unit in top fuselage.
Loosely put, summat like this...
Well anyone else I can't speak for but I am trying my level best to make the building of this thing like the bloke who's typing this.
It may work, it may not but i'll know more once the prototype is cast and assembled...
That will be a bloody giggle I suspect.
Let's face it, in theory, it all should work but then I suspect they said that about the Titanic.
Well that's it for now, some rubber has to be flung about next.
Engines, cockpit parts, guns and base are scheduled for a RTV rubber riot over the next couple of days, more on that when it gets sorted.
You lot take good care and go easy, see ya next update time!