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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 25, 2019 11:59 AM

bsyamato

 

 
Gamera

Looks good Bsyamato! I'll get your photo posted soon as I get the chance. 

 

 

 

 

The previous finished hughes is probably posted on one of old jap GB :)

This latest is just started 

 

Ah sorry, my mistake! 

So many finished builds I can't keep them straight! Embarrassed

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: denver, colorado
Posted by waynec on Monday, February 25, 2019 5:53 PM

no worries G. the TYPE 87(s) are Trumpeter and the 4x4 id Tamiya. all are 1/35. i did see Trumpeter is cming out with a 1/48 TYPE 16 8x8. i built the 1/72 and have the 1/35 in the JGSDF stash.

"Nikto ne Zabyt . Nichto ne Zabyto.

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."

 

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 AM

Heres the first works on the OH-6J:

 

Modified the floor to make it planar and reinforced with plastic unde. Added wires to the Ip and main pieces to the cockpit

 

 

 

Glued doors, fixed with some stretched sprues and glued clear parts

 

 

 

Upper windows need some filling . At the next!

 

 

 

 

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:08 PM

Wayne: Ok, got you down now, yell at me if I got anything wrong.

Bsyamato: Looks good! That must be a tiny kit in 1/72nd!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:46 AM

A little update on the slight progress made Smile

Completed the engine.  Added some wire details, just a simplified version so as not to look too messy.  Plus it's simpler! Stick out tongue

Engine glued in the cowling:

Got my pilot painted up.  This is just prior to clear coating:

He looks fat from the waist down Stick out tongue but once he's seated in the cockpit, it shouldn't be too obvious Big Smile.

Just got him clear coated an hour ago.  Will add the Japanese flag decal to his right sleeve tomorrow and some pin wash in the creases of his flight suit as well as to enhance details.  Hope nothing goes wrong!

This model's gear doors are made for gears down.  As my Zero will be posed in flight, had to cut up the attachment points of some of the doors and make some of the door parts from sheet styrene.  Here we have a combination of kit parts, sheet styrene and putty:

Almost there with the sanding:

Bought a clear 6mm acrylic rod which will become the support for the Zero in flight.  Figuring out the best attachment point for this.  Initially wanted to have the mounting point at the aft part of the lower wing half, but seems like the fuel tank once mounted, does not allow for sufficient space for the rod there Sad.

Got to look for suitable materials for the base this weekend.  This is FUN!!! Big Smile

How's everyone coming along with their builds?

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:12 AM

Edwin: Looks great! Love the wired up engine! 

 

I got one of Mecha-G legs put together. Will try to get some photos up when I get his foot done as well. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
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  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:51 AM

Nicely done on the Zero updates Yes

 

On the cayuse i scratched rear seats with copper sheet and wire

 

 

Put the wires to IP and upper conduct in the ceiling, also glued front seats 

 

 

Primer; two layers

 

 

At the next!

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Posted by Edwin on Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:17 AM

Thanks Gamera and BSYamato. 

BSYamato, the seats you made from copper sheet and wire look really good! Should look great once they’ve been painted. 

Today it’s been more sanding of the gear doors for me. They’re done now. Hope to get the cockpit into the fuselage and wings assembled this weekend. 

Wish I could have more bench time. This 4 letter word (W-O-R-K) keeps getting in the way Angry

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:15 AM

Bsyamato: Looks good! I too love the copper sheet seats. 

Edwin: I know what you mean, but then again when I get a free weekend I still don't seem to get much done. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, March 02, 2019 12:58 AM

I’ll be starting a Work In Progress build here on Tamiya’s 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zero, which the Allies code-named the “Zeke” during WWII.

I bought this kit back in the middle of 2018 from Hobby Link Japan, as they had the best deal that I could find. I paid about $70 US, including shipping, for this kit. Anywhere else was right at $100, NOT including shipping fees. So, do your research when you wanna buy anything on-line.

I already had (and still do!) the P-51D, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII, and the Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair in 1/32nd from Tamiya, and wanted the Zero to go along with them. But, now that I had all four of them, which do I build first? I wanted to start the Corsair first, but, with that being my favorite aircraft of all time, and wanting to do a bang-up job on it, and not having built one of Tamiya’s newest 1/32nd scale kits before, I was kinda leery on building it first with no experience on the Tamiya 1/32nd line. Then I saw that a Japanese Group Build was starting up on FineScale Modeler’s website, so that helped me make my decision. The Zeke will be first!

 

 

Here’s a photo of the box art. The box isn’t as big as you’d think for a 1/32nd scale aircraft kit. Out of the four Tamiya 1/32nd scale kits that I have, it’s the smallest. I’d guesstimate that it’s about 12″ x 14″, which isn’t too big.

 

This is an insert that covers everything in the box. It’s designed to become a protective barrier/holder for the completed build so that you can use the original box in which to transport the plane, or store it indefinitely. The seams that you see in the insert are to allow the insert to be folded to fit the fuselage and wings of the plane; you then put it all back in the box, and close the box up with the original top. Pretty ingenious, if you ask me.

 

Here’s whatcha see once you remove the insert. All parts are nicely packaged in plastic wrapping, and everything is packed in such a way as to protect the parts from damage. The clear parts are well-protected. There are lots of small parts, including metal springs and hinges. Tamiya even includes a Phillips screwdriver to help with the assembly. Ain’t that nice of them.

 

Wow! A lot of parts. I wish I had laid something next to them to give an idea of the scale. The main landing gear has many separate parts, to include the oleo struts with metal springs so that they have a realistic “bounce” to them, plus they are designed to retract, just like the real thing. Same for the tail wheel, but no spring for it. The tires are rubber as well.

 

The instruction manual (yep, I said “manual”) is relatively thick. It’s 32 pages, including a couple of pages of very nice detailed photos of three different Zeros on display at different air museums around the world (albeit black-n-white photos). I have the Squadron “Zero In Action” book at home, so that should be enough for reference photos. Really looking forward to getting started on this build. Hope y’all enjoy the build. Hope to have an update very soon.

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, March 02, 2019 8:14 AM

DD, I love Zeros and that one is definitely on my wishlist. I'm interested in watching it come together. 

Steve

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:38 PM

Yeah, that's an amazing kit! I have one and did some work on it, really, really need to finish her up.

Going to enjoy watching you build her.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Sunday, March 03, 2019 2:59 AM

Lots of piece to glue there :)

 

Finished cockpit with latest retouches

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for weight under the floor to colse

 

At the next

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    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:30 AM

Coming along very nicely, BSYamato Yes

Got a bit done, and now dry fitting the main parts to make sure they all go together well:

The pilot in his office Big Smile

Hope everyone’s builds are progressing well!

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:44 PM

modelcrazy

DD, I love Zeros and that one is definitely on my wishlist. I'm interested in watching it come together.  

Yeah, me, too!! Propeller

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:45 PM

That Loach is coming along really nice, Yamato!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:46 PM

Edwin

Coming along very nicely, BSYamato Yes

Got a bit done, and now dry fitting the main parts to make sure they all go together well:

The pilot in his office Big Smile

Hope everyone’s builds are progressing well! 

Lookin' good, Edwin!

 

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 03, 2019 8:54 PM

03 March 2019 – Got some work done on the Zeke over the weekend, although not much. Mainly just some general painting of large areas, and small parts that are still on the sprues. My usual attack plan for just about any model is to read the instructions (duhhh!!); look for all the parts that are gonna be the same color, and assemble those before painting (if at all possible); spray-paint those parts; if the parts are very small, leave those on the sprues so they can be easily handled, and spray-paint them; set all the freshly-painted parts aside to dry, and then start assembling all the parts that don’t need paint before assembly, such as horizontal stabilizer halves, wings (most of the time), wheel halves, etc.

 

Saw all these ejector pin holes, and got kinda worried, as Tamiya usually doesn't leave these kind of things in their kits. But, once I looked a little closer and studied the instructions, the holes will not be seen once everything is assembled. Whew!!

 

 

Got some Interior Green and Aluminum (or aluminium, depending upon your worldly location) sprayed, as per the instructions and based on some photos of an actual unrestored A6M5 that I found on-line.

 

 

Sprayed all of the small parts that needed Interior Green while they were still on the sprues - makes it much easier to paint them. I hope I got them all!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 03, 2019 9:11 PM

Bsyamato, Edwin, DD: Those all look fantastic guys!!!!

DD: There is a article online, I don't remember where I found it but I printed it out showing modifications to make the Zero more accurate. Seems Tamiya's kit is about 90% accurate but his article takes it the rest of the way. That's what happened to me, I got bogged down changing stuff and never finished the kit. It builds into a fantastic model without the modifications and is fine building her straight from the box. Just thought I would point it out for you.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Sunday, March 03, 2019 9:35 PM

Hi DD!

Looks like you’re off to a good start Yes.

I love 1/32 scale, so much more details and possibilities. However I just don’t have the space for them. I’m just hanging on to 2 1/32 kits from my old stash from ages ago: Hasegawa’s BF109E and Spitfire mk VB.

I don’t bother with ejector marks that can’t be seen either. 

Gamera, how’s your mecha godzilla coming along? 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 03, 2019 10:57 PM

Well, his legs are done and I'm working on his feet. Sorry, I've been moving really slowly lately.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 4:59 AM

High details on the Zero kit Yes

 

Glued fuselage on the Cayuse, the front canopy, and after reinforced gears with metal pins glued all main pieces tail included

 

 

 

At the next!

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 5:18 AM

Hi Gamera I wanted to join these Japanese builds for a while now. I have an old 1/48 tamiya  Mitsubishi Raiden to throw in if i can.

Nick

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 6:35 AM

@bsyamato,

Great job on the scratch built details on the cayuse! Kudos to you for adding these deatails, and making this build look like a quarter scale kit.

@Edwin,

You detailed the engine beautifully, and it looks great inside the cowl. Your pilot looks great too.

@DD,

Good start on the Zero. I looking forward to seeing this build progress.

@Nick,

As I've seen your amazing Zero builds, I'm really looking forward to see what you do with a Raiden.

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 9:29 AM

Nick: Just put you down, great to have you aboard! 

Bsyamato: Looking good, you are making real progress there! 

 

Me, I cleaned up and attached four toes to Mecha-G last night... Embarrassed

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:23 AM

Bsyamato: Cool! I have some decals by Rising but not sure I've heard of AVI Models. Did one of your earlier models come from them? I'll put you down with it now. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:05 AM

Cool, another Claude.

I built an AVI Claude for last year's group build.  It requires some work as they are short run kits, not really at the standard most modern kits are these days.

Speaking of the Claude, another new manufacture has one coming up in 1/72 scale - amazing amount of detail for that size:

 

regards,

Jack

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 07, 2019 8:29 AM

Ah hah! So your build is where I saw the AVI Models logo Jack! 

Sorry, got a brain like a steel trap- a rusty corroded one that is... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, March 07, 2019 2:10 PM

Every time I see a post for this GB I reach for my Betty and have to slap my hand away. Too much on the bench.

Steve

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