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Everything posted by fjaweijfopi4j48

  1. Hi Stuart Still as WiP threads are the Mitsubishi SM-1 (converted K3M3) and the Caproni C.310, both in civil guise. The Caproni is just waiting for its decals, which should be arriving in a couple weeks, the Mitsubishi is in the priming/rigging floats stage. But in a couple days I will be hopefully uploading the Barkley-Grow T8P-1 Execuform vacufomed 1/72 WiP. We'll see.
  2. The long road to convert this kit into a somewhat decent model was nevertheless fun to walk. The step-by-step build is here in Britmodeller: In the world of vacuum-formed kits -as in any other-, there are good things and no so good things. This kit tends to belong to the latter category. But hey, it is a kit of a civil plane! not much of those abound! However, I appreciated the opportunity to flex the modeling muscle provided by the gift of fellow modeler Luis Santos, to whom I once again express my gratitude. You can see all about the making of model usin
  3. Oh my, oh my... Here a view of the struttery and landing gear elements on the kit. NOTICE SOMETHING??: Yeap, there are two left fore struts (and no, there not two right fore struts): How would I like that some manufactures would build their own kits, just to try them, I mean, to see if thinks work, just saying.... Sigh.... Now I will have to brake one of them and re-position the part in the opposite angle. No big deal, agreed, but it happens to be on an area that will carry a lot of stress, plus the additional weight of the resin floats, plus the addit
  4. In reality, the plane had an adjustable (floating) stabilizer, and the fin was "pinned" through it, so this was replicated on the model. Prop and engine can be seen now making progress too. Metal control horns were added to the control surfaces:
  5. The reworking of an aftermarket engine to fit the version needed here is done, included exhausts (that were rigged with the engine temporarily in place). A base black color is sprayed and the -also reworked- prop from spares is painted at this time too:
  6. Primer is applied to see if some parts that have been modified or reworked may need touch-ups:
  7. Fuselage seams are puttied, and the detail on top erased, as it's not applicable to this version. The conversion of an after-market engine to proper configuration has started:
  8. My wife was also born in Yorkshire (aka the Third World, according to the M. Pythons) and has quite a lot of family there (Middlesbrough area) We visited there a few years ago, I was delighted with her family (I write this in case it happens that you are a relative) and the landscape. We went also to the Lake District. I recall it rained every day of our month-long visit.
  9. Hi John The almost identical twin plane, named Kamikaze (no relation to the later war connotation, being Kami a spiritual entity and Kaze wind) was officially denominated Karigane I. It reached London in 1937 from Japan in a very publicized flight for the ceremonies of the coronation of King George. It was the first Japanese plane to reach Europe! Asakaze (Morning Breeze) the model I made, is almost identical, but the blue nose starts at the leading edge of the wing, and not midway between leading edge and Townend ring as in Kamikaze. They many times flew together to air sh
  10. Indeed Mr T! On the other hand, we have five seasons in Southern California, the most important and longer of them is drought, then follows wildfires, mudslides, earthquake and Oscars
  11. The frame of the left front window is painted, since it will have to be masked to protect the "glass", which is glued from inside: The interior is prepared:
  12. Hi David You may get the ARII release with those decals, as I did. You will need to paint or make the white/red small bands for the prop tips, which were included in the civil Hasegawa release (not easy to get now) but not in ARII's. As pointed out above somewhere, the ARII fuselage and wing banners need the red outline trimmed off. Other than that, the decals were superb. Regards For those interested in the completed model here at Britmodeller, here is the link to that post:
  13. Basic colors are applied to the interior that, as usual, will be barely seen after closing the fuselage:
  14. Here is J-BAAL, Asakaze (morning breeze), twin plane of the better publicized J-BAAI Kamikaze (spirit wind). The step-by-step building article is here also in Britmodeller: I went for it given that the registration most frequently represented is the latter (flew to London from Japan in a much reported feat). Photos show changes in time on the paint scheme of J-BAAL. One is the same in general as J-BAAI, nose, top and part of the wheel pants blue (with of course different lettering), but there is another where the blue painted area is res
  15. I put the broken antenna mast where nothing could happen to it. Even that I could happen to find it. So I had to make a brass one, which is good, since they tend to be knocked off and brake, and sometimes the plastic buckles under the antenna wire tension. As you can see, this is the lesser-seen J-BAAL -a reg. dreaded by some distinguished members of this hospitable site- instead of the more commonly represented J-BAAI:
  16. Wing glued on and details started to be added: four of the six wing struts, aileron horns and control leads, and the varied gizmos that adorn the exterior of this experimental machine (like the one seen here on the stab leading edge and in preparation on the foreground):
  17. Thanks Clive. The same plane with the same registration had a simpler color application at one time, limited to part of the nose only (no pants, no canopy involved). J-BAAI, the sister plane, had a similar full scheme, but photos can be found where there is no blue color involved, just the plain base color (for lazy modelers ;-)
  18. Hi Ian Orange and blue are complementary colors, so it's no wonder they look nice side by side. Here the wheels went on:
  19. Another detail to correct. The aileron did not go all the way to the wing tip, but was inset: Modification of the interior: Some putty to deal with blanked front window and retraced aileron ends. Elevators corrected and glued deflected: The one thing adventurous modelers do a lot is sanding.
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