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December 20, 2018

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 wing join gap is gone.

This should make for a strong glue join.

December 12, 2018

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.

December 11, 2018

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 eye tip cut off). Lightly sand when dry. Super glue to KH nose parts B34 and B35. Sand around edge to fair into nose.

KH part B23 (Ammo Shelf) needs to be cut in half. Note taper of part when cutting. After painting, guns and ammo cans are glued to gun deck and the nose is glued to the fuselage, slide B23...

December 11, 2018

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 back onto KH fuselage as before.

Super glue lower wing front and rear to fuselage.

Hold the center wing unit with 2 fingers in intake holes and the thumb pressing down. Tack super glue the front of the wing. Continue to super glue along upper wing joint to fuselage.

Press down on rear wing root fillets wit...

December 11, 2018

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 closer to the middle of the spine and sanding would remove more detail. Near the vertical stabilizer fillet, it would not be as obvious. The cut line further aft is to allow for more KH fuselage above and behind the wing. It makes for a less flimsy assembly and less twist to the fuselage.

Using .080" dril...

December 11, 2018

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 gear struts B55, B56 may need to be adjusted to fit the smaller resin opening for the main L.G.

Sand trailing edge of center wing resin flaps to scale thickness. Use thin brass wire for the flap hinges. Drill small holes in rear of wing for hinges.

Wing structure above flaps should be cut from laser cut...

December 11, 2018

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 sheet styrene .040" from bottom of parts). Paint Interior Green before gluing silver painted engine exhausts.

An alternative if you want to see jet engines in wing from the rear. Note: Parts will need to be painted before assembly. Parts will need to be masked when painting top of wing.

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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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