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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, April 7, 2024 9:15 PM

Piers> Nice start on the Tony!

Gary

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 8, 2024 11:02 PM

Piers: Looks fantastic! Great work! 

John: Are you finished? I'll post the photos if you are. Really nice work there! 

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, April 8, 2024 11:20 PM

Thanks, Cliff.  Yes, the finished photos are with the Komatsu and Kurogane.  On to the A6M3 type 22!

John

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 10:33 PM

posing the Rude with thenKurogane and Komatsu on Brown paper over a blue bottom, surprisingly effective and suggesting a beach. Kinda minimalistic modern take on a Dio, I love it!

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 12, 2024 5:10 PM

Hey John, got the new photo up! Waikong said it well, the simple nature of the dio keeps from distracting from the quality of your work! 

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

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 12, 2024 9:36 PM

Started on Frank.  Here's a mockup.  Not a bad fit considering the age of this kit

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, April 13, 2024 7:45 PM

Great job there Keavdog John! She's coming along nicely! 

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, April 13, 2024 8:32 PM

Anyway I am working on a badge. Several things have already fallen though so I just ripped something off an AI art generator. Not the best thing but I guess it will work for the time being. I'll see about fiddling with it to something a little better. 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, April 14, 2024 8:04 PM

Tamiya has gotten a lot of mileage from this Frank, apparently they are still releasing it, John.  It will be interesting to see how it goes.

I can say that this A6M3 Type 22 I am starting on has nothing whatever to do with the Tamiya A6M2 I did before, which dated from the same time as the Frank.  It was a trouble free build as I remember, not as well detailed as the Hasegawa Zeros I have built but still a good representation.  This one has the detail of a very nice 1/32 kit.  So far I am painting small parts for the cockpit and engine, the only assembly is a gun panel added to the bottom of the instrument panel and the seat assembly of four parts including a purple seat cushion added to the aft cockpit bulkhead.  Also, the rudder pedals are on the floor, attached to a clear part which accomodates a small window in the floor just aft of the rudder pedals.  I'm using the Mitsubishi interior color from Gunze.  There is an option for open or closed cowl flaps, I'm going with open.

 

John

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

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 14, 2024 10:50 PM

Looking good John.  I've got the A6M5/5a kit in the stash.  according to scalemates same as your kit with a few different parts.  Kit looks nicely detailed - I'll be following along on your build and taking notes.  I'm guessing being a recent  Tamiya kit, it will fall together.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, April 15, 2024 12:04 AM

Yeah, no issues so far, John.  So far not much to remark on other than being a great kit.  I am moving one one part of the instructions to another to allow paint to dry or decals to set.  There are so many parts that you do have to be careful to use the right ones in some cases, such as several throttle quadrants and two machine gun control panels.  I did cast aside the purple seat cushion because it would have complicated the seat belt installation, and I think it might be there in case you use the supplied pilot.   There is also a standing figure.

John

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

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, April 15, 2024 11:35 AM

Keavdog> Nice Frank!

John> Don't have a 3, but good start on it.

Gamera>  The badge look okay to me!  Well done!

Gary

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 9:11 PM

John: Looks good! You're off to a great start!!! 

Gary: Thanks, it's not the best badge but four months into the build and I need to get SOMETHING up... 

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2019
Posted by Edwin on Friday, April 19, 2024 10:07 AM

Sorry, been away too long. Last few months were crazy!

Gamera, I will work on this Tamiya 1/700 Shimakaze:

I got this as well to practise on first, since I do not have much experience with ships:

 

Hope to get started soon.

  • Member since
    May 2014
  • From: Portsmouth, Virginia
Posted by Hoggarth on Friday, April 19, 2024 12:00 PM

Just getting back to a bit of modeling after being away for a few years. Would love to get into this group build.

Hopefully duplicates are okay. I picked this up a bit ago and would love to build the little guy. I have a Kate in the stash but I figure there would be plenty of those.

Tamiya 1/48 Light vehicle type 95 Kurogane

Kurogane

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 19, 2024 9:56 PM

Edwin and Hoggarth: Great choices guys! Just put you both down. 

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

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 22, 2024 5:03 PM

I like the latest additions to the GB!

Progress on the Fank - all buttoned up

Need to do some filling and sanding next

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 22, 2024 10:03 PM

Well, the website is back to acting strange again so I hope this posts. 

Looks great John, you're making great progress!! 

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:58 PM

I've made progress on the A6M3 and the A6M2K.  The meatballs have been painted on the A6M3, with a thin spacer mask so there will be an unpainted ring around each one.  No white surrounds on this one.  Then I put on a mottle of dark green on the top side.  There is a distinctive pattern on the fuselage right behind the cowl and I will have to try again there, as I didn't get it the first time.





I decided to put the pilots in the A6M2K and that was interesting as the Hasegawa pilots required major reduction in body size to get them to fit.  I think it will be more interesting that way.  I still need to put a flat coat on them and the cockpit assembly.  As usual not a lot will be visible once the fuselage is assembled over it.

John

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

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 28, 2024 4:01 PM

Great progress John.

 

Frank is almost ready for paint

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 29, 2024 6:45 PM

Those look great guys!!!

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, May 10, 2024 9:42 PM

Two more Zeros slid into the display cases today, the Hasegawa A6M2-K and the Tamiya A6M3 model 22. The Tamiya kit was a gem to put together, the Hasegawa kit was less so in comparison but it is a high bar. There were two versions of the trainer, one with the A6M2 model 21 wing and engine, the other with the A6M5 wing but still the type 21 engine. This model is the latter type. As you can see in the last photo with both models facing each other, the A6M2-K had a longer forward fuselage ahead of the wing, and a longer tailwheel, both to accommodate the back seat where the instructor was. Those changes re-balanced the airplane and improved what little forward vision there was from the rear seat.

Here are the photos of the A6M2-K, the next post will be of the A6M3 model 22.

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John

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, May 10, 2024 9:43 PM

The Tamiya A6M3 model 22.

The paint scheme was the thing I most wanted to get right on this one, as there is a much published photo of it showing the random mottling and a unique pattern on the forward fuselage. That photo is the basis for Tamiya's box art for this kit. I think I got close but getting a really fine line still eludes me, though I did improve some on this project.

The cowl, prop, and canopy all both press fit, allowing for easily varied display options.

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John

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Friday, May 10, 2024 11:24 PM

nice zeros! I have never seen the a6m2k before, very interesting.

Made progress on my build but couldn't get into the forum for almost 2 weeks.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, May 11, 2024 2:59 PM

John> Nice work on both versions of the Zero!  Like Waikong, I've never heard or seen the A6M2-K before even though over 500 were built.

Gary

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 12, 2024 9:20 PM

Thanks!

John

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

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 12, 2024 9:26 PM

Second attempt at hairspray chipping.  Curious why my chips are very round.  I'll keep trying.  Decals are setting

 

 

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 12, 2024 11:57 PM

John, I can't control what happens very well with hairspray either, though I will admit I gave up pretty quick.  What I am doing now is to apply a nmf. I've been using dull aluminum but it doesn't matter too much what is used as the next step is a good coat of Alclad II Gloss.  It dries to a very hard finish after a few days.  Over that base I use enamel or acrylic colors and let them get reasonably dry.  After that I can be pretty rough if I want to and the aluminum undercoat is hard to damage.  I use toothpicks and even pattern files.  For general wear even sandpaper to simulate erosion and thinned oxidized paint.  I haven't so far become interested in a heavily weathered airplane but there doesn't seem to be any reason it couldn't be done this way.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:49 PM

I find using an old hard tooth brush gives me good control with removing paint in a  'random' pattern

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7:54 PM

Hey Jeaton those look great!!! Fantastic job! Heart

Love the yellow trainer undersides to the K model! 

Just posted you to the front page!!! 

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

 

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