|CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS - 08/19/04|
|CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS - 10/03/04|
If you have specific questions about the kit in general or any of the aftermarket parts I used on it, please
feel free to send me An Email and I'll be glad to answer any questions that I can.
||In general this is a pretty decent model kit.
I wasn't particularly pleased with the fit of the parts in some places; if the MSRP was in the $50 range it
would be a good kit, but since it carries a MSRP of $162 Tamiya could have done a better job in places.
||The kit contains two pilot figures for use
in the cockpit. I can't paint figures well and I don't like figures in a parked aircraft, so I plan to
leave them out. The problem is that if the figures are left out all of the harnesses for the ejection
seats are lost. If you decide to leave the figures out, I suggest you look into
Eduard's PE Set No. 32079 This set contains a LOT of PE for the ejection seats, and takes quite a bit of time
and patience to install properly, however the increase in accuracy and appearance of the seats is well worth the effort.
Did I mention that it takes a lot of patience? The assembly is straightforward, however many of the pieces
are quite small and easy to lose. If you have worked with PE before you know what I mean.
||The intake trunks that go from the exterior
engine intakes to the faces of the turbines are terrible. They consist of two pieces that are very difficult
to assemble without visible seams (although you would have to look into the intake to see the seams). One
review of this model mentioned that a company makes seamless resin intake trunks. I don't recall who it
is that makes them, but if I had it to do over again I'd splurge for them and save a lot of sanding and filling.
||The decals are typical Tamiya. They
are very thick so make sure you have plenty of decal solution on hand. The decals that go in some of the
more complex areas, such as the shark's mouth, do fit properly and they are pretty opaque, but they are just so
||The instructions for the painting and
decaling of 67-392 are slightly wrong if you want it built with the markings it carried in Thailand.
The instructions do not show the shark's mouth being used and they also indicate that the top of the vertical
stabilizer is painted (the "Fin Cap"). These may have been correct for the aircraft after it left Thailand
in 1972 (the instructions indicate that the markings are for when the aircraft was stationed at Anderson AFB in
1973), however according to This Photograph
Of 392 taken over Viet Nam in 1972 you can see that it does have the mouth and the fin cap is unpainted.