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Old 07-10-2008, 01:44 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite B-25 - Wingspan Models Add-ons Build Thread

We’re in the home stretch now on completing the Top Turret. The Wingspan Model’s add-on reuses the original turret, but we’ll need to cut it down a bit. I found that the easiest way to get a good straight line to cut on was to use tape. Since the original turret went around the curve of the fuselage it isn’t straight around across the bottom. Looking at the turret you can see that the front and the back of the turret have less material than the sides, so we’ll use those as the guideline for cutting. I placed blue painter’s tape around the turret to get a good straight line, and then used a Sharpie marker to mark the cut line. I then used scissors to cut the turret off at the line. Take you time and cut slowly as to not cut too far. A pair of curved shears works much better when doing this work as it’s easier to get in and cut along the line (I loaned my pair out and never got them back, that’s why I’m stuck still using straight scissors). Test fit the cut turret on the cylinder and trim if needed.

Wingspan does have a scale gun assembly available for this turret, but unfortunately I did not have one at the time that I did this build. The guns that come with the B-25 can be reused here if the scale guns aren’t used. I first dry fit the guns to make sure that everything fit well, a piece of blue painters tape works good to hold the guns in place while test fitting. When I was removing the original guns at the start of this build I did notice that they glue I had used did not hold one side of the gun had come loose. There really isn’t that much material to actually glue the guns down with. With that in mind I decided to go for a simple secure mounting for the guns, zip ties. I did this for two reasons. One, it was simple and secure. Two, I am planning on getting the scale guns later and using zip ties will make it easier to get the guns off of the turret. When the zip ties are snipped off though, it’s still pretty hard to see that they are there though.


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1. Use tape to establish a line around the turret.
2. Use the tape line to mark the turret for cutting.
3. Cut line marked on the turret.
4. Use scissors, or curved shears, to cut the turret on the marked line.
5. Cut the turret on the marked line.
6. Completed turret.
7. Completed turret.
8. Test fit the turret on the cylinder.
9. Use tape to hold the guns in place while dry fitting.
10. Zip ties used to secure guns on the turret cylinder.
11. Completed gun mounting.
12. Completed gun mounting.

Until next time

Ken
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