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Fokker F27 Friendship was a turboprop airliner built by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. The maiden flight of the plane took place in November 1955 and in total 586 Friendships of different sub-types were built until 1987. Finnair operated three F27's in the 1970-80's. They replaced the Convair 440 Metropolitans of the airline in the short domestic routes. The Finnish Air Force's Transport Wing used a couple of F27's, as well. The only kit available in 1/144 scale was Doyusha's F27 which I managed to buy from a Japanese mail order firm. In a nutshell the kit was very plain and simple, lacking a lot of details. The building of the model was straightforward but adding all the details (antennas, air scoops, anti-collision lights, etc.) was time consuming. The biggest challenge, however, was to rebuild the main landing gears and wheels which in kit were totally out of scale and shape. The laser printed decals for Finnair's Friendship I ordered from the Finnish manufacturer Arctic Decals. They were excellent and went on the surface without any problems. To avoid any scratches I coated them first with Liquid decal film. I painted the white areas of the fuselage with Tamiya's Fine Surface primer which I then coated with Tamiya's clear gloss spray. The underside of the fuselage, the wings and the landing gears were painted with Xtracolor light grey X139. For smaller details I used Vallejo acrylics and Humbrol enamels. 6
Doyusha is to re-release three Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 kits - ref.40247 - Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 Source: https://hlj.com/1-32-scale-mitsubishi-a6m2-zero-type-21-dys40247 - ref. 40248 - Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 bomber Source: https://hlj.com/1-32-scale-mitsubishi-a6m2-zero-type-21-bombing-dys40248 - ref. 40249 - Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Type 21 Pearl Harbor attacker Source: https://hlj.com/1-32-scale-mitsubishi-a6m2-zero-type-21-pearl-harbor-attacker-dys40249 V.P.
This kit is quite difficult to find nowadays. It was released somewhere end of the 90s by Doyusha with Japan Airlines decals. The kit has recessed windows on the fuselage which need to be filled and sanded if decals are used.The cockpit windows are too small anyway. Panellines are also deeper as on actual kits so the Doyusha 777 shows a bit its age.Its nonetheless superior to the Minicraft offering though...ok,that was not difficult but I had to mention it anyway... Fitting of all parts is very good and as the kit consists only of a few parts,like the Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 777 kit for example,the build is quick and easy. A nice addition are the 3 different engine options provided by Doyusha,so one can build every version and airline with this kit. The engines are of course much simpler in design compared to the Zvezda kit but they do the job. For my build I opted for the British Airways Landor livery as the first 777 for BA had been delivered in this elegant scheme. The decal set comes from Xtra Decal (Hannants) and provides registrations for 4 aircraft. I chose to build the very first BA 777. Paints used are Revell light grey 371 for the upper fuselage,Humbrol 15 blue for the lower fuselage and engines,Testors Voodoo grey for the wings and Testors metallics. All sealed with Testors metallic sealer and polished with Tamyia Wax. The finished kit,although much simpler than the Zvezda 777-300,still represents a nice 777-200.Too bad as this was the only one in my stash.I would like to make another one...hopefully I find one somewhere ... Cheers,
Hello Everyone, I recently bought couple of kits that are missing their instructions and I was hoping someone might be able to help me. If anyone has a 1/8th Monogram 1978 Corvette or the Otaki/Doyusha 1/12th Pontiac Firebird Trans am, could you scan me a copy of the instructions please? The kits I have are pictured below, but the instructions for any later edition would be fine. Thanks for looking, Stuart