As promised in the other thread I have started work on a 2nd build, I will do my best to document all the stuff that I am doing. This will be a 1A, maybe a cannon fodder, not sure yet. It will have lit engines and cockpit. The first build was done in a hurry for WF, and while it is holding up just fine i am going to take some steps to make it a bit more durable. I will be making the 1a head available to those of you who want it for your builds. This build will be one way to put it together, if you are not lighting your build you may be able to ommit some of this. I also may be overengineering some stuff that you may not feel the need to do. So here we go....
First up after some basic clean up I attached the 2 wing covers to the upper fuselage by first glueing them in place and then drilling 2 3/32 brass pins into the upper fuselage. I then drilled 2 into the lower fuselage in an area that would meet the covers, held it together in proper alignment, and drilled into the covers. Once those were in place I was able to drill 4 more pin locations into the uppper/lower fuselage assembly. This will add a lot of strength to the build and will allow me to hold final glue up of these parts until the end.
In a bit of what may be overkill I also bolted on a bit of aluminum to the lower fuselage. This will also strengthen the body, but it will also give me a plate to bolt on parts like the arms. Just be sure it will not interfere with the other parts. You can see more of the pin locations in this pic too.
I will try to update this as i go along.
Edited by mslz22, 08 March 2012 - 11:11 AM.