My SR-71 "Night Hawk" just arrived, and it has a defect---the forward fuselage is slightly loose and not completely glued in which causes a seam where it joins the rear fuselage. I want to return it for a replacement, but the dealer apparently requires the customer to pay the return shipping cost for defective models, so I have the following questions:
1. Is anyone else getting a "Night Hawk" with a loose forward fuselage? 2. Is it possible to pull the forward fuselage out far enough to apply super glue to correct the problem?
That's quite concerning to hear. I hope CW's tooling for the Blackbird is not starting to get worn down, and yours is a one-off factory flaw. Sorry I can't help you though since I don't have this particular SR-71 (and I own only one of of CW's SR-71s).
I wonder if the forward fuselage is joined onto the main part using screws... and they're just loose? There are some screws underneath the model that suggest the model could be taken apart. Perhaps ask CW to advise on a solution, this email address seems to be responding to collectors - [email protected]
I definitely know the forward fuselage of the Corgi Tornado is joined using a screw - had to tighten it up on one of mine to stop it moving around.
The seam between the two fuselage parts is not big, but as soon as I assembled the SR-71, I noticed the seam and also noticed the forward fuselage wobbles a little which shows it's not completely glued to the rear fuselage. The seam is more obvious when I put it next to my other CW SR-71s which do not have the seam problem.
The seam is not wide enough to put super glue, which is why I wondered if anyone has ever pulled the forward fuselage out far enough to add super glue. I don't see any screws on the bottom.
I'm ticked off the dealer doesn't pay for the return shipping because the SR-71 is defective (Flying Mule has a better return policy---I bought a HM 1/32 F6F Hellcat from Flying Mule which arrived with both horizontal stabilizers loose and drooping down, and Flying Mule paid for the return shipping and sent a replacement Hellcat immediately).