I've placed all of the components onto the engine up to but not including the engine bearers at this point, because putting them on in the order as described in the instructions would've severely restricted my ability to patch up/repair any boo-boos I might have made in the process, especially with the bearers in the way. The next piece of this is going to be even trickier than what I've had to contend with because there are a series of lines I have to fabricate from wire to attach to the motor that go under AND over the bearers, so I'll need to pause and think carefully how I proceed.
Eduard makes a very competitive cockpit so far as detail, accuracy and fitment goes, while their radio compartment, surprisingly accurate as it is, desperately needs to be reviewed for fitment issues, especially since this is supposedly designed for their own kit.
The level of detail in the engine kit thus far is certainly impressive, and reasonably accurate as well, but the fact that none of the pipework (R52, R53, R54), let alone one of the pipes (R53) was molded backwards(!) and countless other fitment issues elsewhere on the engine itself continue to plague me during the build process, which raises some fears about the final fitment/alignment between the engine, the engine bearers and more importantly the firewall. I wonder if the blast guards have sufficient clearance to the MG17 barrels, and ultimately if it will indeed fit into the compartment its designed to fill.
Stay tuned. More to discover, more to tell.
27. December 2019 at 23:50:53