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Plamodel/Marusan Aichi E13 "Jake" WIP

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Plamodel/Marusan Aichi E13 "Jake" WIP
Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:11 PM

It is summer and I am in the modelling doldrums so I thought I would do my first WIP thread. I am an average modeller, at best and have done a handful of GBs, so don't expect too much.

I got this kit last week off of Ebay for $9, probably overpaid, but WWII floatplanes are just so interesting. I checked on Scalemates and the kit mold is older than I am.(1963)

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Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:15 PM

At first glance, there is some "flash" and the decals are sketchy.

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Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:18 PM

Is 50 year old glue still good?

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:20 PM

Should be a fun build.  Do I see an operating wing fold on the instructions?

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Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:21 PM

....And the first minor issue. Warped and slightly twisted.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:27 PM

Paste... warps... questionable decals... what scale is this?

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:30 PM

stikpusher

Paste... warps... questionable decals... what scale is this?

 

Oh, forgot that little bit of info. It one of those weird, early Japanese 1/50.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 04, 2018 12:25 AM

Looks about the same as the Nichimo 1/48 kit...

 

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Posted by 40.mm on Monday, June 04, 2018 12:40 AM

Yes it dose !

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, June 04, 2018 10:27 AM

jeaton01

Should be a fun build.  Do I see an operating wing fold on the instructions?

 

Yes sir, they "should" fold. Last night while prefitting the rudder,it probably moves 2 degrees right. Hopefully have better luck with the wings and flaps.

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, June 04, 2018 10:36 AM

stikpusher

Looks about the same as the Nichimo 1/48 kit...

 

Stik, I did some research and it is the same kit. Marusan made the kit from 1963 to 1967. Financial woes led to a U.S. company called UPC to import them for a couple of years. Nichimo apparently bought the molds and released it as a "NewTool" in mid 70s. They lied, Swannys model did a review and the pictures of the sprues are excactly like Marusan! But somehow it went from 1/50 scale to 1/48th....MAGIC!

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 04, 2018 10:46 AM

Awesome! I saw where you posted this on Tojo's 'Latest Purchases' thread and was hoping you'd build and post her. A WiP is even better!!! 

I've tried building a few of these ancient Japanese kits and though lacking detail they seem to fit pretty well. Except for those insanly warped fusilage halves. Good luck with that, I have no idea how to correct it. Indifferent

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 04, 2018 5:16 PM

DasBeav

 

 
stikpusher

Looks about the same as the Nichimo 1/48 kit...

 

 

 

Stik, I did some research and it is the same kit. Marusan made the kit from 1963 to 1967. Financial woes led to a U.S. company called UPC to import them for a couple of years. Nichimo apparently bought the molds and released it as a "NewTool" in mid 70s. They lied, Swannys model did a review and the pictures of the sprues are excactly like Marusan! But somehow it went from 1/50 scale to 1/48th....MAGIC!

 

 

 

Hmm

Very interesting...

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, June 04, 2018 5:56 PM

I had the Nichimo boxing.  "Pilot pit is very eloborate", or something like that, was on the box side.  The cockpit is just a shallow tray to make space for the the battery pack to run the electric motor for the prop.  Yep, loved those folding wings!  Base-u boru size ribbets too!  Or were they more like ping-u pong-u saizu?

It's a primitive beast of a kit, but I have seen nice builds come from it.

Hasegawa-san, please give us a new kit of this rather important aicraft type.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 04, 2018 6:26 PM

Yes, a new tool kit of this aircraft by Tamigawa would be great...

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:14 PM

Well, RealG, here are the pieces of the "elaborate pilot pit". This kit has the saddest, most pathetic excuse for a cockpit. And those are strong words from me who builds nothing but sad, patheticexcuses of models. I guess I have 3 options.

1. Build as is even though I have never painted figures...And they so small.

2. Scratch build a whole new cockpit.

3. No AM for this model but saw review where a Val Bomber could fit with a little help.

   Any Ideas? Highly open to suggestions.

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:21 PM

Last night on the fuselage, I did all of the usual tricks on it to try an straighten it out. They worked a little but still ended up gluing it one section at a time. The seams are not great but for someone who has built mostly Revellogram airplanes just another day at the office. Some pretty big sinkhole needed filled. Tomorrow the wings, hopefully.

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:24 PM

...But on my porch I found this, so all things considered a good day of modelling!

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 04, 2018 9:39 PM

The Ventura is nice! That’s a great diversion from your current challenge. As far as the cockpit goes, I was planning to use a salvaged Val cockpit on my Jake project whenever I get around to it. Anything has got to be better than what comes with the kit...

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:29 PM

Finished the cockpit. I had to cut out the bottom of their "Tub" and make my own. I used salvaged old parts out of the junkyard. B17 seats, P38 radio, and I think a P51 IP and joy stick. Didn't turn out great but is better than what came with the kit. Please do not ding me for historic accuracy either...not alot of info.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:37 PM

Here's the "finished" cockpit. Did a quick dryfit and it is not the greatest, as I split the fuselage trying to make it fit. The glass will hide alot of my cockpit flaws because it is thick(like a Lego block) and has some scratches. It was not packaged separately with the rest of the sprues. 

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:44 PM

stikpusher

The Ventura is nice! That’s a great diversion from your current challenge. As far as the cockpit goes, I was planning to use a salvaged Val cockpit on my Jake project whenever I get around to it. Anything has got to be better than what comes with the kit...

 

The two reviews I read said the Val interior would work. The only problem is finding another seat. Just doing a rudimentry search into Kate and Jill torpedo plane AM interiors, I found nothing.

I picked the Ventura up for a great price of $22(shipping included) and I've heard it comes together nicely for it's age. I doubt I try the Octopus decal, I guess it can be daunting.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:19 AM

It looks to me you’ve got everything incluugding the octopus under control!

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Posted by DasBeav on Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:56 PM

Thanks, Toshi! Coming from you, that means alot.

My floats have a major fit issue so I tried using a dremel to grind them down. It did not solve the problem so I just cut them off with the razor saw. They still do not line up as well as you would like. More putty and sanding. The raise rivets are slowly disappearing and not by design.

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Posted by DasBeav on Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:57 PM

Floats.

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Posted by DasBeav on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:01 PM

The wings actually fit quite nicely. And they do fold! The flaps move very little and the pins are quite small and apparently brittle, hence the one in the righthand corner.Super AngrySuper AngrySuper Angry

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Posted by DasBeav on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:07 PM

Here are the antennae. They looked bad(flash, detail) and seriously thought beforehand with scratch-building my own. Fate made the decision for me while holding the antenna and reaching for tweezers.

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Posted by DasBeav on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:11 PM

...And the cockpit in the fuselage. This is the bad side and it to will require some putty and sanding.

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:06 PM
Bro, you're acing this kit. It's looking nice I wonder if you put the warped fuselage in hot water if you'd be able to flex it back into shape?

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Posted by DasBeav on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:46 PM

BrynnWryttur
Bro, you're acing this kit. It's looking nice I wonder if you put the warped fuselage in hot water if you'd be able to flex it back into shape?
 

Thanks. I did the hotwater treatment which helped a little. Also tried the blow dryer. Ended up gluing it bit by bit then glue bombed it and clamped the bejeezus out of it!

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