Kittyhawk 1/48 Jaguar A

I’ve been assembling the undercarriage legs and wheels and for the nose gear, I cut back the square location lugs a bit so that I could insert the gear leg into the wheel bay after the model has been painted. I also added a bit of detail to the leg such as hydraulic lines and circular bits on the joints;

It would have rude not to add some detail considering I bought the Duke Hawkins book. Moving onto the main gear legs and these are made up of three parts;

Although I’ve assembled the starboard leg, thinking about it now I should have drilled and pinned the gear leg for extra strength and something I will do at the next session at the bench. For some strange reason, some kit manufacturers like to have you insert things like gear legs while you are still building the model. Trouble is they are prone to being broken off while handling a model plus it makes painting a model difficult as you have to mask around them (like I had to with the ICM OV-10A Bronco). This kit is no exception as the instructions (which are pretty vague anyway) show to insert the gear legs before assembling the fuselage. Because I had already assembled the fuselage, I was test fitting the main gear leg that was already built and it soon became obvious that it was not going to fit inside the gear bay whatsoever. The problem was the small locating lug on top of the bigger lug on the rear wall of the gear bay;

My solution was to chisel it off altogether and now the gear leg fits. YAY! Obviously this will be repeated for the port side too.

Once the gear legs are built and detailed the gear bay doors will be closed and no doubt they will put up a fight as has most areas on this kit however the model is slowly progressing and I’ve resisted the urge to shelve it again.

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 48 years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

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