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#1 dylan the rabbit

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:30 AM

Don't know much about this manufacturer at all. Nothing in fact.

I trawled the net and found one chap on a forum (who's contact I think I lost) who said that this kit was the man-vegetables before the Hasegawa came out, which killed it stone dead.

Anyway, I bought this of evilbay a couple of years ago during my reckless stash aquisition, and is the only vac form in my collection.

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Standard fare from a vac form? White metal prop and undercarraige, sparse cockpit (a floor, seat and IP), and a canopy, and thats it.

The panel lines look like something Tommy Atkins would have dug into the Flanders earth, and the surface quality isn't fantastic. Lovely!

There are no decals, and if it ever gets to the stage where I will continue with it, I'll see about getting some from Pacific Coast Models, or begging for some spares!

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To it's credit, it does come with a really nice instruction book, with scale drawing references which should help massively if I rescribe it.

I've gone round the outlines of the major parts with a black pen (a bit thick around the airframe I know), and will make a start on cutting it out over the weekend.

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Watch this space!

Cheers,

Nick

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 07:05 AM

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:03 PM

Nick,
Fanastic choice.I'll be following this thread with great interest.Love those macchi's
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Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:43 PM

Cutting of the kit has commenced! The fuselage is off the sheet courtesy of a Stanley knife and John's tutorial, and it doesn't look too bad. Needs a lot of sanding, but that's kits these days eh? (Or is that just me?)

Pics tomorrow.

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Nick

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:42 AM

Here's the latest pic on the Macchi..

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Edited by dylan the rabbit, 18 May 2009 - 05:10 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:09 AM

I've just checked the fuselage halves against the supplied scale drawings with the kit, and I'm amazed how a manufacturer could get the two so different!

One of the major boobs is the fuselage shape behind the pilot. Instead of a sweeping arc, it looks more like a hunchback, so I'm going to have to take a copy of it, and scratchbuild a new hump out of thin plastic.

Add to that, all the other bits and bobs on the fuselage are in the wrong place, I'm thinking, what the hell were they thinking building it, and what the hell am I thinking building it too!

Much easier to get a Hasegawa!

Oh well. Why make life easy? I'll go build myself a nice Tamiya as therapy after I finish this!

Cheers,

Nick

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 12:45 PM

This kit is crap.

1. The entire fuselage length is shorter than the scale plans provided. Go figure!
2. The fuselage hump behind the pilot's head is too short, and lacks the indent on either side.

I haven't even checked the wings against the plans yet, as they're still on the sheet.

It needs:

1. A new hump making.
2. Complete rescribe.
3. A scratchbuilt cockpit (not too big a deal).
4. Wheel bay scratchbuild.
5. A set of decals.

The kit cost me 7 quid. Do I

a) Bin it?
B) Continue with it in the hope of building an acceptable representation out of it, and a possible GB prize?

Hmmmmm?

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 12:49 PM

If it were me Nick, I'd persevere, and use it as a skills-building exercise. It will stand you in good stead not only for when you tackle your next (and hopefully decent) vac kit, but in fact for any models at all really. If you take that approach, you won't get so hung up on how it ultimately turns out.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:24 PM

I'd treat it as a learning exercise. Do what you can and experiment with differing ways of solving the (many) problems.

If (when) it is finished, great. Should it get binned then at least you will have a better idea of what to buy/do with the next vac!

Think of all the fun and excitement it will give you for the price of a couple of pints!

Go on builds it I says!

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:58 PM

My vote's for the learning exercise route too. It's amazing what you learn, even when you think you're failing. The next model you try just seems that much easier as a result of what you've learned :)

Go Nick! Go! :frantic:

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:00 AM

My vote's for the learning exercise route too.


Yep , me too.

With those skills then you can go to town on something more accurate if you wish. I am treating my build this way. I am not worried about accuracy, I just wan to ttory and make a nice go of mine.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:01 AM

Nick,
How's the Macchi progressing?
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 08:02 AM

Nick,
How's the Macchi progressing?
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Gregory Jouette


Glacially...

Been working on a Hurricane, Spitfire and P-47, and haven't done anything on the Macchi since I filled in the panel lines..

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:53 AM

Glacially...

Been working on a Hurricane, Spitfire and P-47, and haven't done anything on the Macchi since I filled in the panel lines..

Get on with it, you lazy oik! :fight:

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

Nick,
Long time on see.How your macchi progressing of late?
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 03:36 PM

Nick,
Long time on see.How your macchi progressing of late?
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Gregory Jouette


In a stupor! Yours?

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:40 AM

Nick,
Slow and steady.

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 04:47 PM

Minor reporting in on this one...

Filling in the trenches moved on to sanding the gloop back, and I should be in a position shortly to overlay some scale drawings over the top to scribe the panel lines and other details.

Thanks for those Gregory. They're just right!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 05:45 AM

I was really going to get to grips with this, but life has forced my hand to pull this one out of the GB. Sorry.

I'm probably only going to get the time to finish my Johnny Red Hurricane and the Spitfire and VC-10 for two friends before I have to pack up my modelling bench for the forseeable future. :raincloud:

Good luck with the GB though.

All the best,

Nick

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 03:03 PM

Nick,
My friend I hate to hear you're leaving the GB. I hope all is well,but understand how life ccan be at times.At some point in time I hope to see your Macchi finished and you back at the bench.Take care my friend and remember things have a way of working out in time.
Highest Regards,
Gregory Jouette