Modifying the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Banshee Wing Folds to Glue the Outer Wings in the Down Position

I am making some modifications as I test build another Banshee to improve the fit of the resin to KH parts. I decided to do something about the outer wing to center wing folds to help align and stiffen the glue join for a wings down model. This will work if you are using the Banshee Resin Correction Set or building the KH kit out of the box. Use KH wing fold parts B41, 42, 43 and 44. Keep the raised fold mechanism and remove the raised detail fore and aft on B41 and 44. Remove all raised detail on parts B42 and 43. I cut off the lower molded actuator rod and replaced with .015" brass wire. Glue .050" (.020" + .030") sheet styrene to the inside of the KH parts. Sand and dry fit. Repeat until

Correcting the Kitty Hawk 1/48th Scale F2H-2/2P Banshee Nose Gear

The nose gear fork, B78, needs to be shortened. The square bottom of strut, B57, should be at the front curve of the fork. Parts C56 and C53 also need to be cut to fit. The retract mechanism, parts C27 and B80, is actually for the F2H-3/4 Banjo, but since you can't really see it inside the nose gear bay, I didn't correct it. The nose gear should be farther forward. The U's for the placement of the nose gear strut, on parts C25 and C14, need to be cut off and moved forward and glued like the red U's in photo. Forward corners of nose gear doors should be cut on an angle.

ASSEMBLING THE F2H-2 BANSHEE NOSE GUN COMPARTMENT

If displaying the Banshee with the gun bay doors open and nose cone off, the nose gun bay needs to be modified to use the resin parts. After cutting slots in Rib Frames of KH parts B34 and B35, glue them together. Remove nose cone lip from front of parts and sand flat. Remove locator pins from inside front of nose, top and bottom and fill holes. Cut off KH top of gun bay at engraved line. Note resin gun deck in nose to help with locating the nose gun bay to the KH fuselage for proper alignment of resin part until glue sets. Resin nose bulkhead has cut-outs for outer gun cannons. Apply a light coat of super thin cyano glue to the paper card nose frame (I use a large sewing needle with the ey

ASSEMBLING THE F2H-2 BANSHEE RESIN WING TO THE KH FUSELAGE. ENGRAVE NEW PANEL LINES.

REMINDER: Did you glue the KH cockpit, nose gear well, part C62 and on earlier resin rear fuselage, part C55 (Arresting gear well) already? Glue styrene strips to inside of fuselage at leading edge of wing for intakes. Start by placing the front of the resin lower wing slot onto the tab of KH fuselage. As you lift wing, make sure the top of the wing aligns with the fuselage and the fuse to upper wing tabs and slots. Slightly bend the rear fuselage to allow resin wing to go into KH fuselage. Mark where engraved panel line on resin wing intersects KH fuselage. Measure from wing engraved line to fuselage engraved line. Remove resin wing. Scribe mark at nose of KH fuselage. Place the resin wing

ASSEMBLING THE F2H-2/2P BANSHEE RESIN EMPENNAGE (TAIL) TO KH FUSELAGE (REVISED)

I've revised where to cut the fuselage after feedback and I have made the rear fuselage a one piece hollow cast part. Gently scribe along panel line, then cut through plastic. Final Revision - One Piece Hollow Rear Fuselage After cutting and sanding KH fuselage at engraved panel line and sanding resin rear fuselage where it mates, tape resin rear fuselage to the KH fuselage. Align and tack Super Glue at points indicated, when satisfied with alignment continue gluing. Reinforce joint with styrene strips from inside. Rescribe panel line. NOTE: If you have a set with the longer fuselage parts, you can keep it long, but be advised that if the seam is not lined up right, it will be more obvious c

ASSEMBLING THE F2H-2 RESIN CENTER WING

The upper and lower wings were cut from the casting sprue and some resin runner material was left to protect the edges and corners from breakage when shipping. Sanding is needed to fit parts to the KH kit. Use KH kit parts B41 and B44 (wing fold mechanism) as wing thickness gauge, even if not using on final model. NOTE: The landing light will have to be notched out on the resin upper port (left) wing to match the lower wing. Use KH clear part GP 16. Use KH main landing gear doors parts B47, B48 (they are actually too long and will need to be cut if doing wheels up inflight version). C8, C9 will need to be cut down and thinned to fit or replace with sheet styrene. The forward arms of landing

ASSEMBLING THE F2H-2 BANSHEE JET ENGINES AND INTAKES

For easier fitting and gluing of the resin intakes to resin wing, it is advised that the jet engines be cut apart. Paint engine interior silver before gluing together. Paint interior of intakes- Gloss Sea Blue for GSB Camo Scheme or White for Gray/White Camo Scheme before gluing to KH engines. Sand off excess resin from intake to engine joint. Sand rib rings down on top of KH engine parts. Take .5" diameter styrene tubing and cut it about .25" long. Cut tubing ring into quarters. Glue 2 pieces of tubing on sides of each intake to reinforce resin part to KH engine part joint. Make sure tubing does not extend and interfere with upper or lower wing. KH engine exhaust and parts C43 and C46 (with

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