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Unread December 5th, 2016, 12:00 PM
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Default Italeri KC-135R wings

I know the old AMT KC-135's were notorious for the wings sagging and there was a process to reinforce them. I understand that Italeri's styrene is stronger but is it reccomended to still reinforce the wings?
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Yes, they still will sag like an old ladies bossom...

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Anyone got a method laid out for the process of reinforcing the wings of this kit? What is the proper dihedral (I'm thinking full length run of rigid wire or brass rod)...
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I have just run a piece of the kit sprue along the inside of the wing, also have used brass rod in the past.



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Ahhh...ok, that seems simple enough. Probably a hell of a lot cheaper than the composite graphite sticks I was searching the interwebs for...
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Same deal with the Heller KC-135R? I have decals for my old squadron for that kit. Wing droop has kept me from building it until now.
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Same deal with the Heller KC-135R? I have decals for my old squadron for that kit. Wing droop has kept me from building it until now.
Yeah it's the same deal. If I'm not mistaken the Heller kit is a reboxing of the AMT kit.
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Yeah it's the same deal. If I'm not mistaken the Heller kit is a reboxing of the AMT kit.
I did the same thing for my KC-135R. 5 or 6 years ago, no droop yet.

The other tip I have regards joining the fuselage halves. I added little tabs made of small pieces of sprue along the inside edges of the fuselage. The pins and holes provided don't help much. i did not want the seam to split. So far so good.
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