Academy1/32 F/A-18C Leading Edge Slat Gap

The 1/32 scale Academy F/A-18C leading edge slats can be separated if the wings are modeled as folded. Has anyone separated the slats just to get a
better looking gap? If so, how did it look? It looks like the gap would be around 1 scale inch but it may be possible to fudge it a little.
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Nick wrote:

There shouldn't be ANY "gap" in the leading edge flaps in the lowered position; at least not one which goes all the way through. There are gap seals on the bottom surface, and the movement of the actuators only allows what would apprear as a deep "panel line" on the upper surface. There are two good pictures in the D&S Part 2, Vol 45 on page 29, and a good head-on shot of Hornet 1 with the LEF lowered on page 6 of D&S Part 1, Vol 6.
BTW - if you are folding the wings on a baby Hornet, the ailerons should be faired and the leading edge flap lowered; which is not always the case for a Super Hornet. There is a very good picture of this on page 16 of D&S Part 2, Vol 45. If you've been looking at the recent build of the Academy 1/32 D kit on the IPMS website, the guy building that kit got it wrong on his D - and not only did he get it wrong on his D, he even shot a pic of his D sitting next to his C where he did it right!
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