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Properjob56

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  1. Stunning. The amount of hours that must have gone into that.
  2. Just discovered Fantasy Printshop do the USAF numbers so no excuse not to do mine now
  3. Great minds etc. I was just about to start mine. I'm so glad you did yours first and give the warnings re fit, decals etc. I think I've found sources for what I need except for USAF red letters and number decals. Anyone know of who does one. I cant find a relevant sheet. So the choices seem to be: 1. Use a black/grey/white sheet and overpaint. 2. Use RAF letters/numbers which of course have a different red and font but not so different that you would notice at first glance. 3. Make own using Amarillo font. Never done it before so maybe its only the cost of a sheet of decal paper at risk. 4. Wait for some kind manufacturer to do a run of these type of stickers.
  4. I don't doubt it. I've a 75% made one on the shelf of doom, a victim of trying a chipping coat and letting it dry for 24 hours! The detail was exquisite. I made an early Airfix one in my youth and it was what you'd expect from a 60 yr old kit. I haven't tried the new mould but hear the panel lines are a bit trench like. I also have a Fujimi waiting in the pile. If its anything like the 1/48 version it'll be easy to assemble but with limited and so inaccurate as to be fictitious internal detail.
  5. Thanks for that. Ignoring its 1959 effort, the current one was released in 2010 and reissued in 2017 I beleive.
  6. Remember it well from many years ago. I loved the Heath Robinson undercarriage that looked as if it had malfunctioned half way through the cycle, I could put up with the rivets but what I struggled with and, to my teenage brain, spoilt the look of the whole thing were the guns in the top side turrets. I say 'Gun' more like out of scale plastic rod. No detail and were more akin to 155mm Howitzers. Little, if any, aftermarket in those days of course...
  7. and the final 2 pictures showing the stippling on the wing surface, 4/4
  8. It seems appropriate for this to be the third in a series as my first 'Stash Clearance' was the Kawanishi N1K1,‘George’, the landbased fighter developed from this aircraft and the second 'Stash Clearance' the Nakajima A6M2-N, 'Rufe’, a float plane. From Scalemates, this is the original boxing from 1996. There were 3 boxings of the type. The 'Early' and 'Late' models distinguished by their engines and the prototype with 2, 2-blade contra rotating propellers. This is the 'Late' version. Typical Hasegawa fare of the time, accurate, easy to build, good fit and not many parts. Interior detail is basic as are the decals. The model is OOB with only the addition of Tamiya tape harness and Uschi thread for aerial wire. Colours are from the White Ensign range (now Colourcoats, by Jamie@Sovereign Hobbies, although having checked yesterday some of these colours don’t appear in the current range) Those used were ACJ-10 Kawanishi Green, ACJ-04 Nakajima Interior Grey-Green and ACJ-12 Undersurface Grey Green. The carriage was gunmetal Hu27004+drybrushed Hu.11. I would have tried clear wood grain decal if I had had any but I remembered that I had a tin of Hu.110 'Wood' so used that. Wheels had Revell 83 Rust drybrushed and Revell Anthracite for tyres. Finally, Tamiya Weathering Powders were rubbed on and Matt Aluminium drybrushed with a cut down brush to show wear on the paintwork. Hu.33/21/60/27002 were used for details as well as Humbrol Clear Red and Tamiya Clear Blue Decals are from the kit, which has just one option, for an aircraft from the ‘Sasebo Naval Flying Group’. I did the canopy frames by hand as my attempts at using decal strip before had not been v successful. I figured the inevitable shakiness was worth putting up with to save the time and hassle for a not very much better result. (Note to self: next time ordering from the Lowestoft emporium get clear decal sheet as well as the wood grain decal referred to earlier.) Like the ‘George’ and ‘Rufe’ its USP was badly done. In this case, the float assembly did not fit at all well and because of its position it was not easy to fill or sand the join. Further, its pegs into the underside were barbed so once pushed home it couldn't be withdrawn. Other observations: 1. I solved the ill fitting canopy problems I’d had in other builds by cementing with ultra thin polystyrene cement using capillary action early in the process rather than adding it at the end with Kristal Kleer when it would be fragile and prone to popping off. In that way I could sand and file it like the rest of the plastic. 2. Ladder colours are too garish and I should have used v dark grey and v light grey. The ladder itself is crude and overscale as it is in plastic, etch would have been better. 3. Prop blades had only 1 coat of aluminium when they should have had two. Also, I’m not convinced they’re at 120 degrees to each other despite Hasegawa’s efforts to make fixing them at the right angle foolproof. 4. Had to use pencil lines for underside panels as sanding had made a lot too shallow for washes. 5. Float has a weight of solid plastic included in the kit. It works surprisingly well. 6. Tailplanes are handed. 7. I didn’t work out what the float stripes were for until the very end so, eg, didn’t line them up with the trolley posts. They’re not too bad as is but even so.... 8. Navigation lights are not delineated on the wings and so were positioned on a ‘best guess’ basis as I couldn’t work it out from period reference photos either. Furthermore, fuselage lights other than the tail light were not mentioned in the Instructions nor shown on the box picture nor could I see them on photos so they were left out. 9. Cockpit is poorly detailed to such a degree that what there is, is entirely fictional save for the instrument panel. 10. The weathering isn't great. The maxim 'less is more' should read in this case 'less is less'. To my eye the exhaust staining is barely noticeable and the stippled matt aluminium on the fuselage sides and wing tops looks very artificial. It would have looked much better if I had put more on. Still, delicate balance and all that... Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings I’ll now attempt to post some pictures. This is the Wikipedia photo of the type and it's the aircraft the decals represent. It's for you to decide how close I got. The box and instructions are shown below. 1/4
  9. Brilliant as ever, Fuad ...but..but...bright green for the internal colour?
  10. Well that's a pretty good outcome from that old piece of nonsense. Well done. I assume the rivets were sanded down as they don't look as prominent as the ones in my box of loft insulation.
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