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Old 03-24-2014, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Witty Wings - SU27UB - Red 58 - Crooked nose?

Just received my SU27UB and discovered the nose is crooked.

Can someone with a Su27 check the nose, please? I'd like to know if I received a 'speacial' one.

I'm talking about the white part right at the front which seems to be glued to the plane. The part is turned counter-clockwise when seen from the front and therefore points left - argh!

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Witty Wings - SU27UB - Red 58 - Crooked nose?

Hi Chris,
You have the thread with pics made by Stillair : maybe you have your answer...

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...mparisson.html
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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some pics i took of my SU-27UB...
hope you help.











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Old 04-02-2014, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice pictures, Cheesecake. Thanks for sharing

The SU-27 looks great .... but i think you have to turn around the front landing gear. That mud cover should be behind the wheel


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exact Bragadox... thanks
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Looks to me like the radome was installed off-center. Could you remove it and twist it to the correct angle?
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It looks like the radome has been turned by 45 degrees. Is that just an optical illusion or a big fail in manufacturing?
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Sorry to resurrect this thread but I've just taken my Xmas present; a WittyWings SU27UB (also red 58) out of its box, only to find it has exactly the same issue as the post originator. After an internet search, and registering for DAC I find myself here!

Is this complaint happening a lot? It seems odd that a 'limited' edition model should be suffering this sort of fairly major QC issue, also odd that there is no subtle marker on the nose cone and body for the assembler to align to.

EMD F7A - How did you deal with this problem? Did you return it to the manufacturer or just display it from a side-view, where it is less of an issue. I have contemplated attempting to remove and reposition the nose cone, but it seems really well fused on, and I'm sure it would get quite damaged from a forced removal. Any ideas chaps?

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Old 12-28-2014, 12:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Witty Wings - SU27UB - Red 58 - Crooked nose?

Maybe friday afternoon or monday morning manufacturing run ), but so far no complains about wrong positioning of Witty´s SU nose cone.

You should discuss this with your vendor, but you may have to pay for sending your plane to him.

Another option is to remove the nose cone and glue it in right position. I have removed the SU nose cone twice (from other reasons) without damaging anything. The nose cone itself is quite solid piece of sturdy plastic cca 2 mm thick, glued to the fuselage recess inside, which is cca 4 mm high. There is also a flat portion at the bottom of that recess which is your "marker", but with a lot of free play allowing the nose cone to rotate.

If I remember, one nose went off by "breaking" in hands with a medium force, another by slight hammer impact over some cloth - of course with the force that cannot break the cone itself.
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Old 12-28-2014, 02:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi Ladia,

Thanks for your reply. It looks like I might have to get brutal with it then!

I'm guessing it is adhered with a cyanoacrylate (super-glue), so was looking for something that might soften this. However it seems the best solvent is acetone which would certainly melt the plastic nose-cone, if not remove the surrounding paint.... Oh well, where's my hammer!
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1. Don´t use excessive force
2. Use your brain
3. Try it with your hands first
4. Be very very careful

In case something goes wrong there is emergency measure: for plastic modellers there is lot of resin aftermarket SU-27/SU-30 nose cones, which can be easily adapted and then simply sprayed over with white Tamiya spray.

Good luck!
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Those are wise words of caution (and restraint)..fortunately the hammer hasn't struck yet. I did wonder about taking a quick silicon-rubber mould of the nose before going any further, so it is a good idea to consider aftermarket nose cones that might be adapted (should things go pear-shaped).

Thanks for your help, its really appreciated!
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