I got mine to fit, but it took a bit of work. You need to do a bit of
t*** to get the two cylinders to fit (you won't be able to see it when
assembled. The pump handle needs to be guided past the quadrant as you do
the assembly. Put the floor assembly in until the handle bumps the
quadrant, then reach in with small tweezers and ease it clear as you finish
pushing the floor in. This is a great kit, but test fit everything first.
The front cowlings will probably need a bit of work to get a clean fit with
the fuselage. On mine the fuselage was a bit too wide for the intermediate
cowling. My solution was to cut about 1mm or so from the center of the
fuselage and using clamps, gluing it together... in effect, pinching it in.
You will need to trim a bit off the sides of the instrument panel to do
this. I got a nice flush fit without having to sand off any of the great
detail that I would have never rescribed as well.
> I started on my AM SBD-5 last night. I was following the instructions to
> letter but I have hit a snag. I put the various boxes and switches on the
> and right fuselage as instructed. Then a put the***pit floor together.
> have discovered a snag when I was dry fitting mating the fuselage to the
> floor. The instruction say to put the two fuselages together and then
>***pit floor. But my in trying to dry fit this together it was obvious
> right fuselage would interfere with the emergency hydraulic pump handle
> two cylinders at the rear of the***pit floor would not clear the bottom
> portion of the fuselage.
> Did I goof at some point in the building process. Or have other folks had
> same problem?
> To me, it looks like the best way to do this***pit floor, fuselage
> to glue to***pit floor to the right or left fuselage and then join the
> fuselage halves together.
> ipms #32133