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The Do-335 Wing Assembly

From what I've heard (and I haven't gotten to that part in the instruction book), The 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Do-335 Pfeil rquires some pretty heavy nose weight in order to keep the nose down. As you can see, there really isn't any place to put it in the fuselage since much of this detail will be exposed in the final model. So... I decided to add a significant amount of weight to the leading edge of the wing. This is just fore of the landing gear pivot point so it should work pretty well. I ground down the leading edge of the weights so that they wouldn't interfere with wing shell. I'll have more tomorrow. I've spent the evening sanding a few of the clear parts (and there are lots) so that I can assmbel the wing halves. Stay Tuned

The fuselage halves are buttoned up.

All the outside skin parts are molded in a very disappointing clear plastic that has a bead blasted appearance. This caused problems when I built the Z-M Ho-229. I had to sand the surfaces of every single clear part in order to get a surface that would take on all the decals that went on that model. I think Z-M should offer the option of purchasing a solid version. Clear parts make it nearly impossible to check alignment, gaps, seams, etc. You literally have to guess where to put the little filler that's sometimes required. I estimate this alone will add 20 hours to the build as every seam has to be meticulously checked with silver paint before the model can be airbrushed. It is really a pain in the ass.

Weights added to wing.

The wing assembly is pretty well detailed, too. There are quite a few parts that make up the wheel wells and tons of parts for the gear. I'll have more on the gear tomorrow.

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