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Started this last weekend - Building OOB apart from some Radub belts

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In a complete shock, work starts with the fuselage for a change, but then moves on the cockpit. I've got as far as doing the floor and sides so far - next is the rear bulkhead and the instrument panel

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Peter

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Very good start Peter. You've made a nice job of the detail in the cockpit. I remember Nick's Zero. Very nice it was too. Joe.

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I did the A6M5 a few years ago and enjoyed every second; it's a tremendous kit. You are off to a great start and I trust you will enjoy it too,

Excellent start with the cockpit!

Gary

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Today's work - the pilot's seat and rear bulkhead

Due to encounters with the carpet monster ended up using the kit vinyl belts as some of the radub PE pinged off into oblivion.

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Finally fitted into place with the rest of the cockpit

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Peter

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Peter,

Great job on the cockpit I think we all have a monster lurking somewhere in our carpet I know I do and it comes out when your not looking !! :banghead:

I have always fancied one of these and do it as a well worn airframe so I will pull up a chair to follow your progress :popcorn:

Guy

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Today's work - first up the instrument panel

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Then fitted the panel to the main cockpit tub

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Next the engine firewall, and the fuel tank and oil tank

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Add the two MG's

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Finally add the tub to the fuselage

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Peter

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That looks really good nice details.

Guy

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Wow there is some great detail in that kit, looks like it will turn out to be a bit of a beast!

Cracking work with the painting of all that lovely details

Rob

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Bit more done today - first made up the elevators and rudder - all workable, slight blob of glue got away from me so needed a small smear of Mr Surfacer 1200

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Then moved onto the wing - the oil cooler and the working U/C doors

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The working parts are nice, but fiddly and take time but it's all part of the fun.

Peter

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This is looking good.

Guy

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Today's exploits in the shed - fun and games with a few springs, bent wires and recalcitrant plastic. However once done ended up with a completed wheel well complete with working retraction.

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Peter

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Rear cockpit decking was blue-black like the cowling not the interior colour and if it is going to be a Pearl Harbor bird all were MItsubishi built with the wheel wells painted in the external amber grey colour.

Nick

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Rear cockpit decking was blue-black like the cowling not the interior colour and if it is going to be a Pearl Harbor bird all were MItsubishi built with the wheel wells painted in the external amber grey colour.

Nick

Thanks - easy fix, just going on the Tamiya instructions but happy to be corrected. Yes it will be a Pearl Harbour bird, from Zuikaku

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Undercarriage details for a Mitsubishi-built A6M2:-

Wheel wells and wheel covers (both sides) all airframe colour. Retracting yoke on inner doors is gloss black. Wheel struts gloss black with bright silver chrome oleos. Torque links painted aluminium. Wheel hubs painted aluminium. Tailwheel assembly airframe colour.Tail wheel well aotake - can't recall whether Tamiya include the canvas "boot" which was dark green or black. Tail hook gloss black front mounting and hook, shaft either aotake or airframe colour.

One other detail that often gets missed is that whilst the propeller blades were polished natural metal with very dark brown painted rear faces the spinner was painted aluminium over red-brown primer.

Nick

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Undercarriage details for a Mitsubishi-built A6M2:-

Wheel wells and wheel covers (both sides) all airframe colour. Retracting yoke on inner doors is gloss black. Wheel struts gloss black with bright silver chrome oleos. Torque links painted aluminium. Wheel hubs painted aluminium. Tailwheel assembly airframe colour.Tail wheel well aotake - can't recall whether Tamiya include the canvas "boot" which was dark green or black. Tail hook gloss black front mounting and hook, shaft either aotake or airframe colour.

One other detail that often gets missed is that whilst the propeller blades were polished natural metal with very dark brown rear faces the spinner was painted aluminium over red-brown primer.

Nick

Thanks a lot for that lot - very helpful.

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Ah ok. Other then DMC who else has 1/32 scale Japanese WW2 instrument decals?

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