You shouldn't have a gap between the fuselage and the wings, it makes the pilot nervous, and they are already there anyway.Wings on - ready to fly.
Actually this post is to ask about the wing(s) root(s) to fuselage gap. Not familiar with US craft or build kits; is it common, on this particular model (F6F-5N), to have a gap all around? Looking at others builds it 'appears' that the gap is left alone, but not really clear if filled or not?
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It appears, looking at the Eduard molded wings, top sides, and the fuselage in that area, that they are attempting to mimic that 'L' piece with the raised areas. The fit to the fuselage in these two top main win areas is actually fairly tight. Only one wing has a gap on the underside that possibly needs filling. No 'L' detail molded in though.
It's the tail wings that do not have this 'L' feature it seems, although fitted into pockets as well, there are some obvious gaps back there. Easy to fill. But again, Eduard, why mount like this if not wanting to create this type of detail?
I have seen a couple of the Eduard Hellcats assembled and the fitting there is really fine. I would say it is very tight. Some time ago I was talked to my mate here who assembled the kit and he said no gap there. So either you didn't fit the wing root to the slot or you assembled something wrong. The kind of joint has been prepared for the glues that migrate along the thin gap. For instance the thin cyanoacrylate adhesive ( eg. Super glue ) or Mr.Hobby MC-130 Mr. Cement Limone etc....
Dry fitting I did. Fitting being a loose term here. The tail wings 'rattled' around in the pockets from the get go. Both sides, so I assumed that's how they were to mount. I would not believe plastic shrinkage would be this severe, both sides. Anyway, filler will be fine and not that much to make it a noticeable correction. Just again checking to be sure that authenticity was not being compromised.You may have not done anything wrong and you got some spacing between the wing and fuselage. It happens sometimes that way, but carefully dry fitting and adjusting is always prudent! Even if I don't always do it myself
Thanks. The mountings are very strong; large flat areas on the fuselage mating with large flat areas on the wing roots. Not tabs and slots, just flat mash them together gluing.I agree with Don's opinion. The problem with fitting really may not to be the assembler's "fault". Also it could be caused by the time and temperature of cooling of the plastic what might affect the contractibility of the polystyrene for instance. Anyway some of a thin cyanoacrylate adhesive migrating along the gap should strengthen the joint and get filled the gap there.