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F-80C Shooting Star
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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 07:39 AM UTC
Brian O''Donoghue takes a look at the Hobby Boss F-80C Shooting Star by Hobby Boss.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 03:51 AM UTC
Brian,
Thank you for a well written and detailed review. I've been thinking about purchasing and building the F-80C, as the era is a personal favorite of mine.

One thing that does concern me, is the once again split fuselage halves, so that the engine can displayed. 9 out of 10 times this leads to a alignment issue for those of use that will not be showing the engine. I guess that I'll tackle this issue by gluing the fore and aft sections together on a glass plate.

Joel

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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:49 AM UTC
Hi Joel,

Thank you for your kind words, generally I'm an armour guy so I found this to a pleasant change to review this kit. I hadn't considered the alignment issue but I will look at this when I build it. If the fuselage sections will fit without using the engine then conceivably the modeller could cut the end of the jet pipe off and simply omit the engine.

I also think that this kit is very suitable for the novice.

Regards

Brian
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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:41 AM UTC
If it's anything like the old Monogram kit, the engine will be a necessary part to stabilise the fuselage sections and keep everything alligned. Of course if you glue the front and rear sections together before assembly that problem goes away.
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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 - 03:13 AM UTC

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If it's anything like the old Monogram kit, the engine will be a necessary part to stabilise the fuselage sections and keep everything alligned. Of course if you glue the front and rear sections together before assembly that problem goes away.



Jessica,
That would be my plan of attack. I would rather have to deal with the usual centerline seam issues (if there is any), then have to deal with a cross section issue.
Joel