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  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:06 PM

16 March 2019 – Well, it’s been two weeks since my last update, and work (that bad 4-letter word) has been keeping me away from the bench. But, I did get some time to get the fuselage halves together last weekend (09 March). The fit of this kit is just astounding, as I’ve test-fitted almost every major part, and love the precision of it all. The seams will hardly need any cleanup, if any is needed at all. They almost disappear once the glue is applied (I’m using Tenax 7R for the large & long glue areas, such as fuselage, wings, etc.).

 

 Tamiya did a great job on the engineering of this kit. Plus, with the moulds being new, that helps a lot, too. The seams almost disappear once the glue is applied. Just a little bit of sanding, then paint, should make everything look as it should.

 

 

 

You can see from the bottle of Model Masters paint in the background that, even though this is a 1/32nd-scale kit, it’s still small compared to most kits of that scale. The only reason you can see the top fuselage seam is because I painted the interior before gluing it together, and what you see is the paint that was left on the seams. Otherwise, the seams wouldn’t be showing up in the photo.

 

 

 

Here’s what’s in the fuselage so far. The cockpit will be assembled as a separate unit, then inserted and glued in place from the bottom, which I really like. Much easier than putting/gluing it all in one fuselage half, then trying to glue the other half on while praying that the cockpit doesn’t fall out of alignment, or, far worse, falls out! The two items that you you see in the fuselage are the oxygen tanks (black tanks with silver bottoms) on the left, and the hydraulic fluid tank (gold) on the right. Not sure these two will even be seen once the cockpit is on place, but I’LL know that they are there!

 

So, that’s it for now. With it being Saturday, I’m gonna try to get some more done on her today. The next major step is assembling the cockpit, which I am much looking forward to. That is probably my favorite part of building an aircraft – assembling the cockpit. Most of it is already spray-painted, but there will be some detail painting of the really small stuff. Look for another update 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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    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:09 PM

That looks cool Gam.

Steve

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:46 AM

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

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

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:24 AM

Nice! You're making great progress! 

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

 

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  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:56 AM

More putty , and all main pieces on for the paint session!

 

 

 

At the next!

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    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:41 PM

Well.. some more putty and ready for paint

 

 

 

 

At the next!

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:19 AM

Bsyamato: Looking good! Yes

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

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:00 PM

Nick: Looks good. Always happy to see something up ready for paint. 

Edwin: The flying rod looks great!

Ole: We're here till the end of the year! 

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

 

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    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Sunday, March 10, 2019 11:03 AM

modelcrazy

looks good Edwin, I like that idea.

 

Thanks Modelcrazy. It took me a few sessions over beers Beer to think through exactly how I wanted it Big Smile

As Hannibal Smith would say, “I love it when a plan comes together” Big Smile

  • Member since
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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:31 AM

looks good Edwin, I like that idea.

Steve

Ole
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  • From: Central VA
Posted by Ole on Sunday, March 10, 2019 9:12 AM

Just noticed this GB. I know, I'm slow!

I need to complete a few things on the bench to make room (read 1/32 scale F-15E), and I will throw something in here as well. Not sure exactly what other than it will be 1/48 Tamiya.

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    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Sunday, March 10, 2019 6:02 AM

So, the heat gun I ordered for bending the acrylic rod finally got in.  Haven't been able to progress much as I wanted to get the anchoring point for the rod done first before attaching wings to fuselage.  After the wings are attached would the tail portion then be worked on, as the wings help visually to get the stabilizers aligned.

I want the mounting rod to be at an angle, yet the attachment point to the plane needs to be square as I am anchoring a 3mm machine screw (with head cut off) into the top end of the rod, where it will screw into a nut cemented onto the inner surface of the bottom wing half, where I've drilled a 3mm hole for the screw to pass through. After deciding how high I want the plane to be above the mounting surface, I worked out the required angle and got the rod bent with the help of the heat gun.

Testing things out after that, it looks to be progressing in the right direction Big Smile

The 6mm rod looks a little thick for this 1/48 scale plane.  Other than that, happy with the attachment as it is secure and allows the plane to be unscrewed from the stand.

Will soon be able to attach the wings to the fuselage! Yeah

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, March 09, 2019 4:49 PM

bsyamato thank you I must look in to that vid. Your cockpit is moving along nicely.

Gamera ok classic its not the age its the milage...

my lastest pic with cocpit wings and stabilizer are in place next putty.

Nick.

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 08, 2019 7:49 AM

Nick: I like the term 'classic'!!! 

Bsyamato: Keep up the good work! Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Friday, March 08, 2019 6:08 AM

Nice start Nick

Some day ago i see a propaganda film from japan in war time, at the end a group of raiden during take off with the real sound! but not able to find again :(

 

jgeratic

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

 

 

 

I see the preìview but this brand seems out of my budget  :)  i'll take some more fujimi and avi in the future 

 

Heres more about the tandem Claude, scratched the IP and added some minimum deatil to the floor and drilled seats

 

 

 

At the next 

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 07, 2019 3:43 PM

MC I hear you, this is my entry its a old mold stright forward build. Lots of good builds here!!

Nick.

  • 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

  • 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
    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 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
    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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    May, 2013
  • 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

 

  • Member since
    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.

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • 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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    November, 2009
  • 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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    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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    November, 2009
  • 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
    March, 2005
  • 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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