Treehugger Suggestions for other builders:
1) Consider doing something with the stabilizers/elevators, which connects to the tail, but actually has this flat surface. This flat surface is molded onto the tail, which doesn't look the best, it should be connected to the stabilizers/elevators.
2) Decal sheet has some obvious errors. Also the yellow prop warning on the hull is supposed to be angled to be parallel with the tilted engines for anyone in doubt.
3) I used a nose weight of 30g iirc, at the nose and around the cabin area at the front, the manual suggests 40g. Note: I had the loading ramp closed.
4) Try make sure you get all the four engines tilted properly, so don't sand off too much plastic here and there.
5) The decal sheet have dark grey "A400M" decals on it. It would be important to make the paint lighter than the darker decals. I couldn't figure out if the decals were too light in color or not compared to photos.
Treehugger Tip: If needing to sand the clear parts for the tiny windows, it is a very good idea to leave the small clear parts on a part of the sprue, and sand the backside with a metal file, and finish with a polish stick, quick and easy. Also much easier to hold in your fingers that way.
Treehugger Better watch out for those sink marks. Make sure you add some putty around all the windows and sand down before starting to add any primer. :|
I think my brain somehow ingnored them, maybe because my brain went "that can't be sink marks, not around all the windows, that would be silly, really around all the windows?". Or "I am already busy with those other sink marks over here, I will have to ignore this."
wilky Having worked in a plastic injection molding factory that's a result of not enough pressure in the shot.
Obviously the machine operator hasn't informed the die setter of the issue.
Poor quality control
Total lack of care about the finished product
9. February, 09:55
Treehugger The issue seems to be where the plastic hull is at its thickest, because on the inside, more plastic is protruding. Would be nice to know if this is preventable, or not. It sounds like maybe it is preventable, by being more careful working with the injection mold machine (or maybe in the configuration of it).
The sink marks around all the windows aren't deep, but just enough deep to annoy.
9. February, 10:16
wilky It'd be the pressure of the shot.
Low pressure means not enough material is in the mold space.
Plastic cools and shrinks. This is why it's happening where it's thicker.
Hopefully it was detected during the run and not all kits are the same
9. February, 10:42
Treehugger Looking at the kit again I should correct myself. Six of ten windows have noticeable sink marks. I've already added primer and some color, but I think I will just bite it and sand off the paint and add the putty. :|
Thanks for the feedback.
9. February, 12:39
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