Amodel 1/72 scale I-16 (type 5/6)

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    Hey everybody,

    Has anyone ever built this type of kit before? I'm in the process of putting one together and I'm having a heck of a time with it, specifically the propeller shaft, or lack there of. It's a short piece of plastic that isn't long enough to go through the engine or the cowling to link up with the prop itself. I've contemplated elongating the prop shaft with a bit of a toothpick, but if anyone else out there has any ideas or tips, I'd greatly appreciate it! 8)

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    #2 Wurger, Jan 9, 2011
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    Amodel kits are usually the short-run type with a lot of work ahead.It is quite common that there are overflows all around parts. So sanding is something obvious. Alsso fitting of all parts might be a trouble. However models of the firm are nice when finished but need more attention that other kind of kits.

    Concerning the prop shaft. Just cut the B piece off and drill a hole in the piece A. The hole has to be of a proper diameter and can go deep to a half of the A piece. The B piece you can replace with a bit of a copper wire of the correct diameter and length of course. For gluing the wire to the plastic part you have to use a cyanoacrylate glue ( for example the Superglue ). The wire can be longer initially . Later you'll cut it to the correct one.

    If you can't find a copper ( brassy) wire you can use a pivot made of stretched with warm a piece of the sprue frame.Then you can use the standard cement for styrene.
     

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    Wow thanks Wurger! I will definitely try that method out. Once I get my laptop I'll see if I can put up some pictures of my progress.
     
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    You are welcome. :)
    Looking forward to that.
     
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    Seems like a lot of work for a rotating prop. How about just gluing the sucker. :toothy5:
     
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    haha I was actually thinking about just gluing it when i saw how short the shaft was! But now I don't mind the challenge the kit presents :)
     
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    #7 Wurger, Jan 10, 2011
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    To be honest I'm not sure the shaft is really too short. I think the main problem is with fitting of the part to the rear ( the hole there) part of the maquette of the engine. In my opinion the hole there can't be enough deep or is of incorrect diameter that doesn't allow to push the prop shaft more forward into the engine casing.
     
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    Wurger you were right! I did some sanding and some carving and I got it to fit! I think it was a combination of the hole on the engine block not being big enough and also section "A" that you marked in your picture was a bit too big, so I sanded both pieces down and it fit perfectly. Thanks again!
     
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    I'm glad I helped. :D Still looking forward to see a few images of your work.
     
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    I should have a "work in progress" picture up tonight. I'm still waiting on my laptop to get fixed :mad: , so I took a few photos with the camera on my phone.
     
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    here's a picture of what I have so far. My apologies for the picture quality not being so great, my computer is still in the shop, along with all the software for my digital camera! So I took this photo with the camera on my phone.
     

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    #12 Wurger, Feb 10, 2011
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    Not too bad. However you have to pay more attention to fitting of the main sections of a model. Nothing offenced.. just for the future. :)
     
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    No offense taken, thanks for the advice! :D I just put the decals on last night, I'm hoping to weather the plane this weekend and finish it up!
     
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    Well the plane is done! Still having some trouble with my computer but I should be getting it fixed within the next few days so I can post some pictures.
     
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    I'll send some from my phone in a little while.
     
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    that must be bloody tiny, just about to start my i-16 in 1/48 scale and thats small enough for me !
     
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