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September 16, 2018

While doing additional research for the Resin Correction Set for the Banshee I’m making and waiting for some urethane molds to cure, I was looking at the wing to tip tank area and realized that I had glued the tanks on wrong. I had slipped the wing into the opening and glued it at the proper angle using a jig I had made.

To keep the wing tip from slipping into the tank opening," put a ring on it", or actually put a ring in it.

The wing should not go into the tip tank, but should only go partly in. The problem was that the wing tip kept slipping into the tank.

Here is how to fix it.

Cut a 1/8” length of ½” diameter Evergreen tubing, make a cut in the tubing and test fit the “ring” between the 2 tip tank pieces, continue to remove slivers until the 2 parts fit without a gap. Glue the “ring” about center to the wing opening next to the locator pin hole. Glue the tip tank pieces together.

Next, cut the wing tip a little wider than the 1/8” ring. Test fit and continue to remove plastic until the...

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I built my first model when I was 6 years old. Unbeknownst to me, the kit box had been opened and the instruction sheet and decals were missing. It didn't matter. I had to have a model of the jet that flew over my house as it approached for landing at the Naval Air Station. I built it and painted the markings using the raised decal locator lines. It was messy, but it was mine. And I have had a passion for model making and thinking "Outside the box" ever since.

I was influenced by the film, Star Wars. I liked movies and I liked model building. I had to find a way to combine both into a career. I worked my way through college as a self-employed professional model maker, building architectural and engineering models.

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