As old hands will know I'm a bit of a stickler for instructions. While I can usually figure things out there is no need to make it more difficult than it needs to be and good instructions go along way in helping us get things to the table. As I read through the first bit which involves assembling the front portion of the superstructure there are a couple of spots where parts are mis-identify, not a huge deal if you are paying attention but it can be initially quite confusing for the written direction to indicate one letter or number and the diagram with the description shows different letters and/or numbers. In this case the upper spine is labeled M in the diagram and in the written portion is listed as part K but in the section prior part K has already been noted as being the floor. Also the two end bulkheads are noted as being part 3 in the instructions but are shown as B on the diagram. The wheel housings are also identified as part M in both the instructions and the diagram but M is already identified as the upper spine. You just have to pay attention, but it would be nice if a little editing had been applied to the instruction pages before they were printed up.
Something very important to watch for is the configuration of Frame 1 when glued to Frame 2. There are two of these assemblies and you must make sure that the Frame 2 portions are facing each other when you glue them to Frame 1. This forms the door and it won't work very well if you manage to get them on the wrong sides! When you glue Frame 1 to Frame 2 make sure that they are lined up properly as well or there will be trouble when you glue them to the floor (K).
At this point, except for the door ramp I have avoided using any of the cardboard wraparounds that will form the skin of the glider. I want to paint the interior first. I have seen several variations so I'm just going to go with a very light interior green. Although there is a version with the upper 2/3rs being the interior green and the bottom 1/3 (or so) being a dark green. This will just be a quick job with the airbrush just so you can see something when everything is opened up.
Oh and if you are going to label the parts on the diagram and talk about those labels in the instructions you could at least repeat those letters and numbers right on the sprues!
Here we go with a few pictures (okay, a lot of pictures):
|And from the bottom.|
|All the frames glued to the floor.|
|A view from the bottom|
|Watch for excess glue or you might be permanently gluing your door shut!|
|Add the cardboard piece for the ramp, again watch for excess glue.|
|And everything swung into place.|
|The parts to form the cockpit|
|All these pieces fit together very tightly, I probably didn't even need glue. Note that one half of the back wall is already in place.|
|Sliding in and gluing the other half of the cockpit back wall|
|Adding the side braces of the cockpit. This fit is not quite so tight so I made sure to apply glue where the side frame meets the back bulkhead on the top and the bottom.|
|The back bulkhead being glued into place. The outer skin will attach to this portion of the bulkhead.|
|The second half of the back bulkhead glued in place. This piece will be exposed as it forms the plug that allows you to attach it to the fuselage.|