I am in awe with the work on the guns. I am the most inept modeler when it comes to doing PE at that small scale. Without going into a full description of how you do this, could you post a few pictures showing the steps you go through and the glues that you use to do the assembly. It would be much appreciated.
I am considering attacking the 1:200 Hornet with the upgrade packages and I am not happy with many of the PE tutorials on the net. While the Hornet has some defensive guns, most of the other items are fairly simple in construction. Perhaps a link to a very detailed tutorial on PE would be appreciated.
Hi there IR3
As far as the glue I use, I have found that Super Glue Gel works best. It's a thick version of super glue and it works just fine for pe to pe gluing as well as pe to plastic when mounting the parts. Applying the glue is usually done with toothpicks.
As far as a tutorial, it's been mostly learn by experience. The kits do come with an assembly manual, but deciphering them into do this, do this, do this is not listed and comes to you by intuition and repetition.
Of course, proper tools are a must. Obviously, magnifying glasses are a must. Different tweezers and needed also. Make sure they have serrated surfaces, otherwise you encounter the dreaded 'bing' problem. A part 'bings' while in the tweezers and the tweezer faces move sideways and it's gone forever. My favorite tool for working with these parts I found at MicroMark. They are advertised as surgeon pliers and are supposedly used to remove splinters. They come to a really small point and have serrated surfaces.
Putting up a set of pics is going to take some time, but I have an idea that might work. Give me some time.
I needed a break from football after watching both the Giants and Jets get sloshed. So here is the bending sequence of the biggest part of the 20mm gun, the front shield. I'll do something similar with the remaining parts that have to be bent, but just the before and after versions. Then I'll do an assembly set.
Jim and I have somewhat of a differrent approach to building the Missouri. Jim is doing the full tilt boogie on his. I, on the other hand are working within my limitations. As of late my hands have started shaking a bit and I just can't make those 20mm's as jim did. I have used my PE kits as adornments. On that note here is a picture of my stern section.