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  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:38 PM

07 April 2019 – Wow!! It’s amazing how fast two weeks goes by. Still making progress on the cockpit area, but work has started taking up more of my time the past two weeks, so not a lot of progress on it, but some, nonetheless. Anyways, the pictures below show my latest progress on the cockpit. It’s coming along pretty well, especially considering how much I shake when I attempt hand-painting on such a small scale. I'm actually pleased with how it’s looking. Painting the bezels around the instruments has been the biggest challenge so far, but, I ain’t building her for no contest! Let me know whatcha think!!

The seat and rear bulkhead. This is probably the only place that I’ll use photo-etch parts on this kit. The seat belts that came with the kit were paper ones that you had to cut out, then wrap around the provided unpainted brass photo-etch pieces. They just didn’t look real. But, I had a set of Eduard pre-painted photo-etch seat belts (for my 1/32nd Hasegawa A6M5c), so I used those. Luckily/happily, the Eduard set comes with two sets of belts on one sprue, so I still have a set for my Hasegawa kit. Woo Hoo!!

 

 

Side walls and floor in place. Not too shabby……..

 

 

 

 

The main instrument panel. Don’t look too closely, or you’ll see the crappy job job I did on the instrument bezels.

 

 

 

 

The secondary instrument panel – this holds the artificial horizon (left) and turn & bank indicator (right) up top, and the radio & a couple of instruments on the bottom. There is a decal for the two vertically-stacked instruments on the lower left. They will be applied before it all goes in the fuselage.

 

 

 

 

These are oxygen bottles (all three) that mount behind the pilot’s seat on the rear of the rear bulkhead. These will be very hard to see once everything is together, so I didn’t do my best painting on them. But, they’ll suffice for my needs.

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, April 07, 2019 9:40 PM

Oops!! Didn't see the finished pictures of your Raiden, Nick. Great job!!

Gary Mason

 

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
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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, April 07, 2019 9:39 PM

crown r n7

decals and some more clear.

 

Dang, Nick!! That is one nice-lookin' Raiden!

Gary Mason

 

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: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:42 AM
Nice Raiden! Good to see it done.
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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, April 01, 2019 10:33 PM

Nick, your Raiden looks impeccable, smartly done! Yes

 

regards,

Jack

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:25 PM

Sure, I'll leave that photo up and if you when you get the tarmac and everything set up I can replace it.

The older Tamiya kits might not be as good as the newer ones but many of them still have really good fit and are fun to build.

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

 

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 01, 2019 8:03 PM

Thank you my friend .I ordered a resin tarmac but it’s on back order. I do like the pic that you selected. This kit was intertaning for being a classic kit out of the box and I really enjoyed this GB.

Nick.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 01, 2019 7:47 PM

Nick: Beautiful job there!!! And congrads on being the first non-rollover finished model!

I went ahead and posted you, were you going to build a base with the figures? If so please do so and I'll replace the photo with your new one.

Yes

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

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 01, 2019 4:46 PM

The Mitsubishi Raiden is complete, painted with tamiya acrylics,weathering with oil paints and chalks. Thank you for all your comments and for watching this wip.

Nick.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 01, 2019 3:02 PM

here are the figure pics . the raiden is finished but the pics I took are way too dark will try again this evening.

Nick.

  • Member since
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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 01, 2019 3:30 AM

Many thanks guy’s I’m painting the figures for a change but no pics yet the plane is near completion 

Nick.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:19 PM

Nice work on the Raiden.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:38 PM

Yeah, that's some sharp work Nick!

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

 

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:33 PM

Oh wow, outstanding job Crown.

Steve

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:24 PM

gamera thankyou. I like that mechagodzilla .

I weathered the raiden with oil paint and chalks. then gave a thin coat of tamiya flat clear to give it a semigloss look and the canopy is done.

Nick.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:15 AM

Nick: It's a Mechagodzilla kit from Aoshima. I got mine from HobbyLink Japan, not sure they still have them in stock though.

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

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 29, 2019 11:18 AM

Whoops my apologies Nick, somehow I missed your last post. 

She's looking fine, great job on the yellow edge stripes. And the decals went down perfectly! 

 

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

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, March 29, 2019 10:44 AM

decals and some more clear.

Nick.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:08 PM

bsyamato looking good cant wait for paint.

devil dawg thats very sharp detailing.

waikong many thanks good use of silly putty on the tank,very smooth finish.

gamera I appreciate your comments, that dinobot ? super job where did you get that.

my lastest pics painted the yellow lead edges what a pain next time paint the yellow 1st!! .I sprayed tamiya clear gloss time for decals and weathering.

Nick.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:14 PM

Nick: Ohhhhhhh, the pre-shading looks perfect!!!

Waikong: Great job there on the camo, gotta love Silly Putty!

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

 

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  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:48 PM

Nice progress on the Raiden, and l love the Godzilla. :)  

I actually made progress in the last 2 weeks on my 1/48 JGSDF Type 10 tank.

Camo being applied and masked with Silly Putty

Used some PE mesh to add details to the basket, just cause we can't build OOB anymore.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 2:59 PM

gave the top and bottom coats of tamiya of J.N green and gray.

Nick.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, March 22, 2019 2:17 PM

wow lots of cool stuff here .....

starting with some ugly preshading on the Raiden.

Nick.

  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 22, 2019 11:39 AM

Gary: Looks good!!! To my aging eyes the US interior green looks close enough to Mitsubishi interior green I can't tell the difference. Good to see the cockpit almost ready to assemble. 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:52 PM

20 March 2019 – Well, got the cockpit parts assembled (mostly) and painted. I first sprayed everything with a base coat of Testor Model Master Interior Green flat enamel. The instructions call for Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green, which I do not have. But, what I do have is many bottles of the many shades of military greens. So, I got on the internet to see if I could find any color pictures of an A6M5 cockpit. And, lo and behold, I found color pictures of an UNRESTORED A6M5 hanging from the ceiling of the National Air & Space Museum. Woo Hoo!! Now, I know that the colors on a computer monitor don’t always match real life, but without a real A6M5 to look at, this wuz just gonna hafta ta do. I brought up the cockpit pictures, compared the colors shown to all the different bottles of flat green paint that I had in stock, and found that Interior Green was an almost-perfect match – not exact, but close enough for me.

Getting back to the build: after spraying the Interior Green and letting it cure for a couple of days, I started the tedious but necessary task of hand-painting all of the little details, and gluing on a few of them here and there. I painted everything according to the Tamiya instruction booklet. The cockpit pictures previously mentioned didn’t show enough of the cockpit to let me verify if the instructions are correct. I do have the Squadron “A6M Zero In Action” book (published back in 1983), but no color pictures in it at all. The Tamiya instruction book has reference photos of three different Zeroes in the back of it, but they are all black & white photos. So, I’ll rely on the instruction book to be correct for the colors. Let me know whatcha think.

 These are the major assemblies of the cockpit. In all, there are about 25 parts shown here.

 

 

 

 

This is the cockpit floor. Seven parts are in this assembly. The fit of all parts has been outstanding.

 

 

 

Port side cockpit wall/assembly. Five parts represented here.

 

 

 

Starboard assembly. Eight parts shown here.

 

 

 

This is a horizontal shelf/arm rest that will be attached to the port side cockpit assembly. It had three parts. The two larger holes (on the right) actually have glass in them, and a set of dials (represented with decals) will be put on them soon.

 

 

A good modeling technique that I learned on my own by painting the cockpit details (and I’m sure this is probably already known by everyone else): If you use enamel paints for a base-coat, using acrylics to detail-paint is easier (much easier) than using enamels for the detail painting. I poured a small amount of acrylic paint into some old blister-pack gum wrappers (you know, like Dentine gum, etc.), added two drops of denatured alcohol to thin the paint a little, used a very small pointed-tip paint brush (0 size – Model Master 8832), and went at it. The results are very satisfactory to me. I’ve tried using toothpicks for this, but never had much luck with those.

 

Gary Mason

 

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
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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:42 PM

Gamera

Got a bit more done on Mecha-G. Sorry about the clutter in the background.

 

Wow!! That is NEAT-O, Gamera!! Cool stuff!

Gary Mason

 

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 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:41 PM

bsyamato

Nice updates guys Yes

 

Growing up the Claude:

Cockpit painted 

 

 

Seat belts and some drybrush to brighten up the too dark green..  

 

 

 

And close fuselage , the two cockpit was insert from the bottom

 

 

At the next! 

Looking great, BSYamato!

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
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:23 AM

He is sorta like a Gundam kit from what I've seen of them. 

I'm going to try airbrushing him with chrome or aluminum paint depending on what looks better and then brush-paint the black rubber areas back to black. 

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

 

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    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:16 AM

Lots of mechanism there Cliff :) you'll leave withouth paint?

As Dimensions he seems like an MG gundam kit , 1/100 scale

Nice updates on the Zero Yes

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:22 PM

DD: She's coming along great! That modern Tamiya engineering is out of this world!

 

Steve: Thanks! I was hoping to get some more work done on Mecha-G but ended up getting into some other stuff.

 

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

 

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