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Old 10-28-2003, 09:19 PM
Gordon Mc
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Default RE: Building the Mick Reeves Hawker Hunter

The fuselage can probably be glued together if you wish, but the plans call for it being built as a two-piece assembly that you bolt together.

The main task of holding the fore & aft sectiopns together falls to two formers - F9 and F10. One glues in at the end of each fuselage half, and then the two are aligned via dowels, and secured to each other via 3 bolts.

The manual gets the two slightly mixed up in terms of the labeling in the parts diagrams and one of the pics, but it should be obvious that the smaller former goes in the rear fuselage, regardless of whether you want to call it F9 or F10. Here you can see the rear section.

Note that the instructions are generally quite high-level, and not every part is covered. This means that its important for you to read the instructions multiple times, and scour the plans until you understand what goes where. Doing this will e.g. ensure that you realise that F11 has to be glued into the rear fuselage section before F10, even though the manual just dives traight into F9 & F10. Again - not a problem if you take your time, plus you need to bear in mind that this is not a multi-thousand dollar kit that will be bought by hundreds of people... it's a niche market kit that provides you with the parts you need, and assumes a certain amount of thought will be put into the construction by the user.
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