Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Post by Bryan Dye » Tue, 21 Oct 1997 04:00:00



I started on my AM SBD-5 last night. I was following the instructions to the
letter but I have hit a snag. I put the various boxes and switches on the left
and right fuselage as instructed. Then a put the***pit floor together. But I
have discovered a snag when I was dry fitting mating the fuselage to the***pit
floor. The instruction say to put the two fuselages together and then insert the
***pit floor. But my in trying to dry fit this together it was obvious that the
right fuselage would interfere with the emergency hydraulic pump handle and the
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 this
same problem?

To me, it looks like the best way to do this***pit floor, fuselage joining is
to glue to***pit floor to the right or left fuselage and then join the two
fuselage halves together.

later,
bryan
ipms #32133

 
 
 

Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Post by Cathy/Andy Irvin » Tue, 21 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> I started on my AM SBD-5 last night. I was following the instructions to the
> letter but I have hit a snag. I put the various boxes and switches on the left
> and right fuselage as instructed. Then a put the***pit floor together. But I
> have discovered a snag when I was dry fitting mating the fuselage to the***pit
> floor. The instruction say to put the two fuselages together and then insert the
>***pit floor. But my in trying to dry fit this together it was obvious that the
> right fuselage would interfere with the emergency hydraulic pump handle and the
> 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

Bryan
An article in the current "Scale Models Imnternational recommend
cuttinout about 2mmm where the floor dips behind the pilots seat and
lowering this section, I was looking at it in Chapters over the weekend,
I guess I'd better buy it altho I hate to pay $8.45 for just one article
 Wonder if they would let me photo copy?
Regards
Andy

 
 
 

Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Post by Donald L. Grange » Wed, 22 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Bryan,
    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.

Good luck,
Don


Quote:
> I started on my AM SBD-5 last night. I was following the instructions to
the
> letter but I have hit a snag. I put the various boxes and switches on the
left
> and right fuselage as instructed. Then a put the***pit floor together.
But I
> have discovered a snag when I was dry fitting mating the fuselage to the
***pit
> floor. The instruction say to put the two fuselages together and then
insert the
>***pit floor. But my in trying to dry fit this together it was obvious
that the
> right fuselage would interfere with the emergency hydraulic pump handle
and the
> 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
this
> same problem?

> To me, it looks like the best way to do this***pit floor, fuselage
joining is
> to glue to***pit floor to the right or left fuselage and then join the
two
> fuselage halves together.

> later,
> bryan
> ipms #32133


 
 
 

Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Post by DonS » Wed, 22 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Geez,
   Maybe I did something wrong. I had no probelms with the***pit fitting, and
 the cowling sections went to gether pretty well (needing a touch of filler and
 sanding). The area where I DID have problems was the lower fuselage/wing
 assembly seams. I'll have to drill out and make up some lower recognition
 lights to replace the ones i sanded away.

Don

According to Hemingway:
 "There are only three true sports; Auto Racing, Bullfighting and Mountain
 climbing. All the rest are children's games at which men play."

 
 
 

Is it just me? (AM SBD-5 question)

Post by PNMo » Thu, 23 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
DonSS3 writes:
>>Maybe I did something wrong. I had no probelms with the***pit fitting, and

 >>the cowling sections went to gether pretty well (needing a touch of filler
 and
 >>sanding). The area where I DID have problems was the lower fuselage/wing

Quote:
>> assembly seams.

I don't think it was your fault. I found that join troublesome as well. I
 actually think the engineering is questionable because it doesn't give enough
 gluing surface to hold things together. Pip Moss