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  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 6:25 PM

waikong

I learned to embrace the Airbrush... PE's not yet.

Please put  me down for the 1/48 Hasegawa Shinden.  An old kit, time to dust it off the stash.

 

Good choice Waikong! Started one decades ago and screwed it up, I really need to get another and try to do a better job. Maybe you'll motivate me! 

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 6:29 PM

Anyway the O-I base coat is painted. I did do a little chipping to show up the primer underneath though I'm not sure it's that visible in the photos. 

I guess I could leave it like this, near the end of the war the IJA sometimes just left them in 'parched grass'. But I'm going to try to mask the thing and add the camo brown and dark green. I just need to get off my butt and do it... 

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

 

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Posted by GreySnake on Thursday, March 23, 2023 9:06 AM

That O-I looks good Gamera! I think that tank design might be one of my least favorite looking tanks. 

Border Models is making a 1/35 Japanese Tiger I going to get one? 

https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-japanese-army-tiger-i-heavy-tank-bdmbt023

I've been wanting to make a Japanese version of a Tiger and glad I haven't yet. Already pre ordered one and since the Japanese never fielded one I can do whatever I want with it. 

Japan did purchase a Tiger I from the Germans and I believe a Panther also. Of course there was no way to transport either to Japan. 

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Posted by waikong on Thursday, March 23, 2023 4:15 PM

Tiger 1 in Japanese camo and markings, now thats cool!

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:32 PM

GreySnake

That O-I looks good Gamera! I think that tank design might be one of my least favorite looking tanks. 

Border Models is making a 1/35 Japanese Tiger I going to get one? 

https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-japanese-army-tiger-i-heavy-tank-bdmbt023

I've been wanting to make a Japanese version of a Tiger and glad I haven't yet. Already pre ordered one and since the Japanese never fielded one I can do whatever I want with it. 

Japan did purchase a Tiger I from the Germans and I believe a Panther also. Of course there was no way to transport either to Japan. 

 

Ohhhhhhhh, that's cool Greysnake! I think I'm going to have to order one! 

THANKS!!! 

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

 

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Posted by waikong on Monday, March 27, 2023 4:06 PM

Got started on my Shiden kit, its an older kit with raised panel lines.  The cockpit is not too bad, but the rear panel/radio area is 85% made up.  No radio, and mostly fake grouping of cylinders.

 

So based on photos from National Air & Space Museum which has the remaining original one in storage, I've redid the rear deck with plastic sheets and.  Of course once you start, you cant stop, decided to add misc framing and missing consoles to the side walls.  Added some old Reheat PE console items.

Next was a black primer followed by cockpit green. Added more misc left over PE items, misc piping from solder or lead, Eduard seat belts, and painting the misc knobs and switches.  Finally some black and brown oil washes to make everything pop.  The rudder was moved up, as once everything was put in place, the pilot had to have 5 foot long legs to reach them.

 

I just finished up the panel as is with dark gray paint, and detailed picked out with a silver pencil and some paint.  Only added a cross bar to the bottom and a misc 'thing' (Have no idea what it is, but it was in the picture).  I was going to add more wiring onto the floor and under the panel, but you have to call it quits at some point.

So everything mounted in.

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 10:38 AM

Wow, that extra detail really made a HUGE improvement. Very nice!

BK

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 3:08 PM

I just went with what Hasegawa supplied when I built mine, yours is leagues better.  The landing gear can be very wobbly due to the way the main struts are inclined forward, combined with their length.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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Posted by waikong on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 8:31 PM

Thank you both. Love to detail cockpits.

John, any advice abt the landing gear. The front ones do look very spindly? Need to replace them with something? Will they fail at some point? Especially if I have to move them around?

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 11:04 AM

WOW, beautiful cockpit waikong!

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Posted by waikong on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 4:05 PM

Thank you!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 7:17 PM

Cheers Waikong! That's a 1000% improvement! 

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

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:03 PM

Monday I felt the need to do a nice out of box aircraft and since I just happened to have the kit I picked up at the flea market two weeks ago sitting on the table so

 

Then today this thread popped up again and I figured...

For a change of pace this will be done with very lightly weathered almost factory fresh paint.

Cockpit assembled

Cockpit base coat

Detail painted and tinted Future wash

Not sure who designs these models with the nice padded bucket seat but it has to either go or be hidden and since this will be OOB then hidden it shall be.

Base detail in gloss 

You know what wash. Even glossier.

Pilot in dark brown wash but not flat coated yet. Cockpit still glossy

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:18 PM

Hey Tcoat, welcome aboard!!! 

Great job on the cockpit there, looks like your pilot got slimed though!!! 

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

 

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:22 PM

Gamera

Hey Tcoat, welcome aboard!!! 

Great job on the cockpit there, looks like your pilot got slimed though!!! 

 

OH NO! Now I can't even look at him without seeing Bill Murray. 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:27 PM

Nice!  I've got the Tamiya Frank in the stash.  Pilot reminds me of Lt Dickinson from Midway [lol]

Thanks,

John

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Posted by waikong on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 10:20 PM

Really like how the panel came out.

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:39 AM

waikong

Really like how the panel came out.

 

waikong

Really like how the panel came out.

 

The only issue I have had is when I tried to put the decal on the panel it exploded into a million pieces and the resulting shrapnel almost took out two of my fish and the cat! Going to see if I can save the rest of them with an overcoat of lacquer but may have to go aftermarket. Be a shame because I like the kit markings. I just went old school and dry brushed it but still have a couple of steps to go to tone it down a bit. Wasn't to upset about the decal as the gauges were so finely printed they were almost invisible anyway. The cockpit is going to be so tight when closed up that anything that can be done to make things pop will help.   

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:45 AM

keavdog

Nice!  I've got the Tamiya Frank in the stash.  Pilot reminds me of Lt Dickinson from Midway [lol]

 

Yep!

Japanese plane

Japanese markings

Japanese flight suit

Very, VERY Caucasian pilot face

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Friday, March 31, 2023 11:25 PM

Engine base coated and detail painted

 

 

Pilot, cockpit and engine dark brown washed, flat coated, and ready to get closed up and hardly seen again!

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 1:41 PM

That's looking fantastic tcoat. Going to be a real looker I'm sure!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, April 1, 2023 8:11 PM

Starting soon Gents...

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 2, 2023 10:43 AM

cbaltrin

Starting soon Gents...

 

 

This kit is AWESOME. Built it last year for Weekend madness. Great kit.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 2, 2023 10:43 AM

Tcoat

Engine base coated and detail painted

 

 

Pilot, cockpit and engine dark brown washed, flat coated, and ready to get closed up and hardly seen again!

 

 

Office and engine look great. Love the work so far.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 3, 2023 8:09 PM

Looks great Tcoat! Both the engine and the cockpit/pilot have turned out great! 

Cbaltrin: Very cool! I need to build a Ki-61 myself. I tried a few years ago and attempted the green camo on the upper surfaces and made a total disaster of it. 

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

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 6:01 AM

BrandonK

 

 
cbaltrin

Starting soon Gents...

 

 

 

 

This kit is AWESOME. Built it last year for Weekend madness. Great kit.

 

BK

 

Agree Brandon, I have been amazed at what I have seen so far...  I assembled the wings and you almost  dont need any filler on the leading edge -- crazy.  PS your Tony looks great.

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Posted by Tcoat on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 7:23 AM

cbaltrin

That's looking fantastic tcoat. Going to be a real looker I'm sure!

 

It is  very nice kit for it's age. Nice OOB detail without being at all fiddley.


The plastic is a bit weird in that it can tear easily instead of cutting cleanly. Even using my nice sharp sprue cutters and trimming with a new blade I ended up with some torn spots where the sprue attached.

 

The seams closed almost completely up with just some extra thin Tamiya cement. There was a very faint line in some spots that If I had squeezed just a but harder or longer probably would have went away

 

The wing roots however were a perfect fit with no filling required at all

 

And there it sits! The decals are trash. They completely shatter as soon as they hit water. I coated them with some lacquer and now they stay together but will NOT settle into detail no matter what is done to them. I have to decide if I am going to paint markings or buy a decal sheet.

 

At this point I am seriously considering doing this white one. I can paint the large markings and print decals for the smaller. Be a nice change from all the green and grey on my shelves.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 7:16 PM

Tcoat: She's coming along great! Weird about the plastic, all the Hasegawa kits I've built the plastic is super hard.

Like the decals, the natural metal aluminum one would be really cool! 

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 7:28 PM

Gamera

Tcoat: She's coming along great! Weird about the plastic, all the Hasegawa kits I've built the plastic is super hard.

Like the decals, the natural metal aluminum one would be really cool! 

 

Yep. I have a couple of natural metal planes but this one would be different. I will likely do it in matt aluminum Bare Metal Foil since I have a pile of it around and it doesn't last forever.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, April 23, 2023 6:17 PM

cbaltrin

Starting soon Gents...

 

 

 

Started work this tiny plane.  I am pretty amazed by the engineering and detail of this little gem. A shame it mostly won't be seen at this scale.  Makes we wonder when on when will Tamiya apply their skills to 1/72 A-7 Corsair series, among others, but, I digress....

 

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