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Re: Orange Hobby Midway update
Posted by Jun on August 5, 2017, 5:36:47, in reply to "Orange Hobby Midway update"
The kit was many years in the making. LHA-6 was a testbed for large resin casting. As you've noticed, the fit is good, which is outstanding for resin kit of this size. Part of the casting design is the large pieces, such as the hull and flight deck, were in fact part of one mould and poured at the same time - to minimize the amount of potential variation in both the mould as well as the resin (eg temperature, mix etc, is not uncommon to find resin kits from same manufacturer varying in size between batches). You will also find features on the resin designed to avoid bubbles - in their previous kits I find there are raised 'edges' around flight decks etc that are in fact shouldn't be there, but they are there so ensure if bubbles are formed around an edge/angles it won't affect the corner, yes they need to be scraped off which is a bit of extra work but you have more chance of getting a good part.
: Today I assembled the resin portions of the
: island (parts J1-13 and C06x2). The
: instructions were hard to decipher in
: places, especially to decide where to cut
: parts J1 and J2 from the casting block. I
: finally figured it out and cut them
: correctly and found that they fit PERFECTLY.
: This kit has amazing engineering. Part J2
: has the cut surface becoming a weather deck,
: so it has to be carefully smoothed, but care
: and the usual common tools will produce a
: clean job.I find resin is more difficult to
: work with than plastic and harder to add
: touches such as open doors and hatches, but
: the sharpness of the edges and corners put
: the best plastic kits to shame.
: When I finished I ordered the USS America
: LHA 6 kit. WHO ARE THESE GUYS! Thanks, John
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