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Kit #001, Fairchild model 71


Now we jump to a pair of Fairchild kits that are farther along; an FC-2W2 on its first test fit and an F.71 that has been masked for filling fuselage seams; the fuselage chines of the F.71 have also been built up with stretched sprue and surrounding area masked and filled.

The FC-2W2 shows some of the plastic bits that the frame tubes will be glued to. There are more, but the bottom ones are painted over here. The unpainted area behind the wing spar cutout is where a slab of scrap will be glued into place for a brace before the roof is cut away from the assembled front halves. The entire windshield area will be cut away before joining the halves, and side window sections installed.

With surrounding areas masked off, seams can be thoroughly filled without creating a cleanup nightmare. Triangular chips of scrap styrene were also glued against the back corners of the wing center section to simplify fairing the rear turtledeck into them, before filling began:

Small filler pieces are needed at the tail end for both of these...different shapes for different reasons...

The framing behind the windshield was added to the assembled front fuselage halves after the roof was cut away and before the rest for the interior was installed. The pilot's seat is mounted on a slab of plastic which is painted black and then trimmed in aluminum to simulate the original trusswork (some frames were black, grey, primer red, or whatever was handy during the last rebuild, later in life...). Of course the detail under the seat is invisible except through that hole in the nose that won't be there...

The difference between an FC-2W2 belly (on the right) and an F.71 belly. I wish I knew this before I made the mold! That's styrene rod and Green Stuff, but embossing the ribs from the inside of a sheet of .010 and gluing it to the belly would be quicker, neater and easier, I think!

The tabs made it easy to align and pose the wing tops on the spar for a couple of Edo pics. Just a little trimming may be needed for the inboard ends of the folding "flap" sections, before final assembly.

The tank ribs have been marked with a pencil and scored with straightedge and knife, and all control and panel lines scribed a bit...
Just couldn't wait to see it on floats!

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