Props can be fixed pretty easily. Will also have a second look at the gear. I hope its "near enough" as getting the gear attached was a nightmare. Couldnt use the aligning lugs because id left insufficient clearance for the fairings. Basically the angle was a guess....arrived at in between standing on one leg whilst trying to get the oleos to set in place. It was one of those annoying episodes that you come out of thinking "phew!!! im glad thats over!!!"
Reluctantly i have to agree...the gear is about 2mm too far back. its a buger to fix though. ill have to use debonder very carefully and sparingly to detach the gear, then reshape by careful filing of the fairings to shift the rest point forward by the 2-3mm needed. both gear assemblies have to be set at the same angle, which has to be done purely by eye, and with damage to the paintwork minimised.....talk about no pressure!!!!!
The attached image is from the FAA database , and shows the front half 9or so of the main gear to be forward of the leading edge of the wing. My gear is fully behind the leading edge, so i have definately made an error in the positioning of the gear. Also the joint of the upper and lower fairings (there is a small bit of the fairing close to the wing) is not joined as is shown in the kit instructions. I will need to investigate this further.
Well, according to the photos posted by crimea earlier, the small upper fairing is not connected to the main fairing end on. Its connected in a rather disjointed and unusual way way actually. This explains why I was having so much difficulty in fitting these pieces. the kit instructions were wrong!. thats thrown the positioning of the gear in relation to the wing completely out of wack.
Ive modified the gear now, and have also repainted the props. Am ready now to apply the decals and then, finally the canopy. One more decision to make....do i have an open cockpit or keep it sealed....
Im still battling through guys. ive had some difficulties, but im getting there. The decal set failed to provide any of the wing mounted UN stripes, so i had to paint the white backgrounds on the wings. I had a product failure here....the white paint reacted for some reason, forcing me to sand it off without damaging the rest of the paint work. I also got some white leakages along the very deep panel lines on the wing. anyway, have spent the last three nights cleaning it all up . i have re-applied the white bands and have black stripes on one wing. Will do the other wing tonite and hopefully be able to post pics soon.
Surprisingly the rear fuselage striping that i thouyght would be a real pain actually went on relatively easy....its the wing mounted stripes that are causing me the grief.
The decalling process has not gone as well as i had hoped, but its okay and "good enough" It has easily been the most difficult part of the build to date. It degenerated into a salvage and rescue job really but still okay I guess