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1/48 Honda Jet by Ebbro

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1/48 Honda Jet by Ebbro
Posted by SteveFL on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 2:08 PM

Ebbro, a Japanese kit maker with the high quality and precision of Tamiya, focuses on autos, Formula 1 racers and other race cars decided to try an aircraft model. They wisely chose the Honda Jet because the genre of private civil aviation is very much lacking and weak.  I could only find this kit in Japan.  US distributors don't seem to carry this model for some reason.  It was a delight to build.  All the parts came together like a Rolex watch. I did not have to use any putty and very minor sanding.  Surface detail is impeccible; no flash, no sink marks.  All the sprue trees are individual bagged.  The chrome you see on the leading edge of the wings and the engine nacelles are right from the sprue.  I love that the top half of the fuselage snaps off so you can finally showcase the beautifully detailed cabin and cockpit.  They give you 2 separate precolored (blue and red) fuselage tops so that you can do the red and white version on the box art or the blue and white, as I chose.  The decals are as good as any Cartograph-in register, briliant, and crisp edges.  Note that all the static dischargers on the trailing edges are part of the wings and tail !  Just be careful not to bend or break them.  I have no complaints whatsoever, and highly recommend this kit for you civil aviation buffs or a wonderful break from military aircraft.  Please enjoy the pictures as I enjoyed every moment of building this model. Thank you.

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:40 PM

Nice!  I've been eyeballing this kit for some time - good to hear she's a winner.  I only hesitate because of price and the different fuselage assembly but it's great to hear it goes together so well.  I've got a few of their F1 kits and they look beautiful - could have sworn it was Tamiya - and it all makes sense after reading the designer from Tamiya went to do EBBRO.  It also seems like they are getting in bed on some projects.

Anyhow - nice job on a beautiful airplane.

Thanks,

John

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 7:48 AM

Very nice!

I'd like to enlarge the images. hHow do I do that?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July 2021
Posted by Flight Line Media on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 8:59 AM
Great work! I have this kit in the stash. I'm thrilled to hear it goes together like a Tamiya kit. This is my wife's dream plane haha. We just saw one in person the other day at KHCR and were impressed by how sporty it was and also how quiet its engines were. Great job! Love the blue.

Andrew

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Posted by Space Ranger on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:12 AM

rocketman2000

Very nice!

I'd like to enlarge the images. hHow do I do that? 

Just click on an image and it should open in a separate page.

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:22 AM

Ah, okay, now it works.  I had been clicking on the word "target".

 

I will be looking for that kit.  I love to build business planes.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by seastallion53 on Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:36 PM
what brand and shade blue paint did you use?
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    December 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Friday, July 30, 2021 12:07 PM

When you say brand, you mean the manufacturer of the kit?  It's by a high end, high quality model maker called Ebbro.  They seem to be mostly limited to Japan and other Asian countries. However, you can still get one on line but they are commanding a high price - around $80 with shipping.  If you are a civilian aircraft fan or love to build private jets, this is a must have and worth it.  Suprisingly, the blue you see on the fuselage is indeed the color of the styrene right out of the box and the other blue bits are all decals that perfectly match.  I only primed the white parts and then painted them with basic white from Tamiya acrylic paints.  If you want to do the red scheme, they did the same thing.  The other fuselage piece is already red and the red decals match perfectly as well.  I forgot to add that all the sprues are individually wrapped in celophane as are the 2 pre-colored fuselage pieces.  

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Posted by SteveFL on Friday, July 30, 2021 12:11 PM
Thanks alot Andrew. The blue you see is the natural color of the sprue--I did not have to paint any blue. The other blue areas are all decals where they match that shade of cobalt blue perfectly. The same with the red scheme as they give you 2 pre-colored fuselage pieces and all the appropriate decals in both colors. I only painted the white areas with Tamiya basic white to eliminate any of the faint swirling or marbling of the pieces, plus the decals snug down better to gloss paint than bare styrene. I hope you give one a try.
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Posted by seastallion53 on Friday, July 30, 2021 5:28 PM
Thanks for the answer
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, July 31, 2021 7:37 AM

I don't understand;

 What is the situation where you live? Two of my Local  SMALL Hobby shops carry that kit!

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    December 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 11:38 AM

Well, I don't know exactly. We only have 1 remaining hobby shop here in Jax Florida; and they specialize in RC hobby - only a limited amount of scale models.  Perhaps, we don't have the number of model hobbiests to support one as you do.  It's not reasonable to make a sweeping assumption that we have a "situation" here.  Every city is different and has different demographics.  Well, I am thrilled that you have two SMALL hobby shops that carry that kit.  Bravo.  

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Saturday, April 23, 2022 6:47 AM

Cool build! YesBeer  I'll need to look around in the hobby shop for this one. 

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, April 23, 2022 8:14 AM

I Have seen the Kit:

      In my go to Hobby Shop here in San Antonio! It is everything that's been said about it. It and my Lear will be the only BIZ-Jets I have. The others are from an older time where they had the spinning thing on the front of Bumps either on the fuselage or wings!

      Sorry about that, I forgot I posted earlier. Still holds true except Another Brisk and Mortar Shop,( Lionheart Hobbies) just opened has it too and I don't have to drive as far!

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, April 23, 2022 8:50 AM

I still like biz planes wtih spinning things.  I still see more of them than bizjets.  And they relate more to me.  Sure, I aspire to a biz jet, but a twin Piper or cheap Cessna twinis more of a possibility.

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