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About Kahunaminor

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  1. 1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang

    Progressing well matey, I have also made a start and hope to show some photos soon. Regards,
  2. I have cast my vote and it was certainly not an easy task. A lot of back and forth went on until I decided upon the one for my vote. What I did see was an exceptional showcase of talent from some very good scale modellers. Congratulations to all that participated, this that competed builds and to the hosts for their work and continued encouragement. Regards,
  3. I'd be happy with those joins. I am curious to see how it turns out. Regards,
  4. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Many thanks. You may recall I thought on of the MG had fallen inside and been lost forever? As I was shooting the final picture of the underside and flipped the build on its back, what should emerge but the errant MG Barrel! Here are are a couple of shots that I had to cull: Regards,
  5. Flying boats and Floatplanes Gallery

    1/48 Hasegawa A6M2-N (Rufe) 802 Kokatai Cutting it close but here is my entry. Hasegawa 1/48 A6M2-N Rufe with CMK cockpit, Ultracast seat and painted primarily in Sovereign (WEM) Colourcoats IJN colours with AKI varnishes and Ezi line: Regards and thanks,
  6. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    And it’s done. Not an infamous “all nighter” but up early to finish before the 10:59hrs (23:59GMT) deadline on Britmodeller GB. The starboard MG decided to leap inside to be lost forever. Luckily the A6M2 is a kit I have a couple in reserve and a replacement was sourced in some of the later photos. I over thinned the AKI Ultra Matte and got a satin finish. With more time I may have gone back but it is what it is. Ezi line antenna: I will get some better shots with the real camera for the gallery shortly. Many thanks to all that came along for the ride and encouraged me. Thanks to Jaime and Enzo for the GB topic and the BM population at large for contributing. Regards,
  7. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Forging onward as the clock ticks down. I have applied AKI gloss varnish and this has tied the colours in a bit more. Next are decals and a departure from my preferred wash (Promodeller/Flory) as I am going to give the newish AKI enamel panel liners a run: The Mr Colour 131 “Propellor Colour” has been applied to the rear faces of the prop blades after some masking. I also sprayed a bit over the trolley as a sort of mish mash undercoat (I had a bit left over in truth): Regards,
  8. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Thanks Jaime, I have reassessed the MG issue. There is so little of the barrel visible once it installed that it would be a waste of a Master Barrel set. I am leaning towards the kit pieces bit hollowing out the ends. Regards,
  9. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Welcome back, Closing in on the finish. Trolley has been masked for rust and chipping fluid followed by overcoat then some weathering. Gloss coat to seal all the paint on the build then a few decals followed by a panel wash and matte topcoat. Pitot to be added from micro tubing and the antenna mast with an Ezi line aerial. Not much more dirt to be added, just tying it all together: The fuel line added to the underside. The join between the main float and fuselage had a dab of PPP to conceal the join and then a coat of Ame-iro: Fuselage MG ports drilled to accept Master Barrel 7.7mm guns to the correct depth: AKI Extreme Metal Aluminium overall for the prop, which will be masked and have GSI Propeller Colour applied to the rear faces of the blades: All being well, I should get across the line sometime on Sunday afternoon. Regards,
  10. Nice use of the supporting Lego! Regards,
  11. Woohoo! Thanks Enzo, thanks Jaime! It is about now I start to sweat and contemplate asking for an extension. Regards,
  12. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Welcome back, With the deadline looming, work continued at a frenetic pace. The main float has the last of its markings painted: Whilst this was allowed to dry, I masked the flying surfaces and shot highly thinned Tamiya X19 Smoke. I think I fell into the trap for new players as when I removed the masking it was fairly pronounced: Having done that it was back to the main float for some weathering. I wanted to make it worn but not abused. The polish method wasn’t really working on its own so I used it in conjunction with wet sanding to give me this: Which is pretty close to what I hoped to achieve. It was now time to join the main float to the fuselage. I mixed some 5 minute epoxy and smeared a frugal amount on the main float mating surfaces and aligned and held it clamped in my hands until it had set up. I then added the main float supports just aft of the main float: I will get back to it later this evening to continue weathering then gloss coat and washes. Regards,
  13. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Many thanks, As a first outing, I am pretty happy. There are some alignment issues the camera shows in all its glory that the eye misses but generally pleased. Nothing beats the painted on look than actually painting it on. They do say once you mask you will never go back to decals! Regards,
  14. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Another day, another round of masking and spraying. This time the blue ID markings on the fuselage. A mixture of vinyl mask and a Tamiya 2mm curved tape. I used Sovereign (WEM) ACUS 28 True Blue for the colour: Maybe not 100% accurate in the masking but not too bad using my Mk. I eyeball. Regards,
  15. Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe) Type 2

    Thanks Jaime and Chris, Rather than overcoat the overspray, I have taken to it with 600+ grit paper to remove most. Some areas such as the port wing root will be weathered so that should take care of the flub there. I hope to have the blue masked and sprayed today. Regards