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  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • 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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    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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    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

 

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    January, 2019
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

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    October, 2008
  • 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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    November, 2009
  • 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
    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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    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

 

  • 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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    April, 2006
  • 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."

 

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    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

 

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Monday, February 25, 2019 11:23 AM

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 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 25, 2019 11:19 AM

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

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

 

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: italy
Posted by bsyamato on Monday, February 25, 2019 3:53 AM

Lots of mecha piece i see there Cliff , i like it :)

Great updates guys, especially the Nanzan!

 

I put another jap her Cliff, an Oh-6j from Italeri kit with AZ decals 

 

 

 

 

I love this kit , some year ago i build the other version for japanese use

 

 Finished OH-6E-14 

 

Asap updates

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5:33 PM

waynec

Hey G. i am in with continuations from probably VI and VII which will also be in shelf queen GB. looking at a JGSDF 4x4 and a TYPE 87 6x6 recon vehicle (and maybe TYPE 87 spaa)

 

Wayne: Sorry read this post and then it slipped my mind. Dunce

I don't remember- those are 1/72nd right? And I forgot which brand.

 

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

 

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    April, 2006
  • From: denver, colorado
Posted by waynec on Monday, February 18, 2019 12:20 PM

Hey G. i am in with continuations from probably VI and VII which will also be in shelf queen GB. looking at a JGSDF 4x4 and a TYPE 87 6x6 recon vehicle (and maybe TYPE 87 spaa)

"Nikto ne Zabyt . Nichto ne Zabyto.

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."

 

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, February 18, 2019 11:56 AM

Gamera

Bruce: It's always good to have something on the 'wish list' even if you can't buy it now. 

So far it's a great kit, the black parts are a rubber-like material which I wonder how they'll hold up in the long term though. Still, I'm going to paint over them so that will hopefully help them to last. And everything is snap fit. I've used some cement where I used putty but otherwise I can disassemble it if I need to. 

 

The resistance is due to me taking 3 years to finish a tank! LOL! 

I'll be following your Mech-G build closely; I thought that was a rubber like material. I look forward to seeing what you paint that material with.

I've started the motorcycle for this GB, I'll get some pictures posted once I get a little more completed.

 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 Monday, February 18, 2019 11:32 AM

Bruce: It's always good to have something on the 'wish list' even if you can't buy it now. 

So far it's a great kit, the black parts are a rubber-like material which I wonder how they'll hold up in the long term though. Still, I'm going to paint over them so that will hopefully help them to last. And everything is snap fit. I've used some cement where I used putty but otherwise I can disassemble it if I need to. 

"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 Monday, February 18, 2019 11:17 AM

Cliff,

Mech-G looks really cool! I really want to get one, but, I have to resist. I'll live vicariously through you! LOL

And I agree, the badge looks outstanding!

 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 Monday, February 18, 2019 11:09 AM

Edwin: Yeap Rock and Jack outdid themselvies again!!! 

Bow Down

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

 

  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Monday, February 18, 2019 8:26 AM

Gamera

Hey guys my friend Rock Baker mailed me the sketch last week and our Jack/Jgeratic whipped it up into final form a few days ago. Sorry, been a bit busy here but finally got around to getting it posted, so here it is. The guys really knocked it out of the park yet again!

 

That's a mighty fine looking badge, Gamera!

[make note to self] Got to get cracking on my build.  Got to get me that badge! Yeah

Where's that frantically running around smiley when you need one? Wink

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 17, 2019 8:30 PM

Sure Gary, glad to have you! Just put you down.

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

 

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, February 17, 2019 7:18 PM

Gamera

Japanese Group Build VIII

Rules

*Start Date January 1, 2019

*End Date December 31, 2019

*Japanese subjects which I'll define as operating under the Japanese flag, aka a captured P-40 flown by a Japanese pilot would be kosher

*Cross-overs are welcome

*Pre-started are fine as long as they're under 10-20% finished (light assemby)

*Any 'roll-over' subjects from JGB VII are welcome

* No cut-off date for entry, you can enter on Dec 30 if you can build the model in a day

And most important have fun guys and gals! 

Hi, Gamera! I would like to join this Group Build. I will build the Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi (English: "Three Diamonds") A6M5 Model 52 Zero (Zeke)  Kit# 60318. I bought this kit from Hobby Link Japan back in mid-2018, to go along with my other 1/32nd Tamiya kits (P-51D, F4U-1A, and Spitfire Mk. VIII), and couldn't decide which to build first. Well, now I know which one I'll build first. I'll get some pictures of the unstarted kit up as soon as I renew my Fotki account (I let it lapse a few months back). What I've seen so far on the group build has been outstanding, to say the least.

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: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:48 PM

BTW: I did get some more work done on Mecha-G over Saturday:

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

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:42 PM

Hey guys my friend Rock Baker mailed me the sketch last week and our Jack/Jgeratic whipped it up into final form a few days ago. Sorry, been a bit busy here but finally got around to getting it posted, so here it is. The guys really knocked it out of the park yet again!

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

 

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  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:00 PM

man, you guys build fast!  Nice paint job.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 11, 2019 6:21 PM

Zvezda: Just got you posted! Congrads on being the first even if you did roll her over from the last GB!

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

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 11, 2019 11:29 AM

Zvezda: She looks fantastic to me! As I've said before I hate trying to paint and weather orange and yellow.

I'll get you posted ASAP. My friend is about done with the drawing so hopefully the badge will be ready soon. 

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

 

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    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:03 AM

Zvezda, that looks really good, quite a nice job on the trainer.  Yes

I can't tell, but did you go back in lighten the panel lines?  They look decent given the overall colour of the Nanzan.

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:49 AM

Edwin nice job on that Jap pilot.

After another work-related absence, the Nanzan project continued.

Lighter shades of the main color were sprayed thin on various panels.

A coat of Humbrol enamel matt clear was applied by brush.

Some exhaust etc stains were added with dry pastels. 

Landing gear, propeller and rest of tiny bits were assembled.

I even managed to make a wire antenna from stretched sprue Big Smile

Thus this build is announced as completed.

Below you may find some pictures. The first 2 photos were shot outside with natural light.

All comments and suggestions will be more than welcomed.

 

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