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neil5208

Turning Japanese, 2 Zero's a Tony and a Kate. Tony complete, Zero's ready for decals, Kate started

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So for this years first WIP I wanted something smaller than the B17 I've just finished and strangely ended up with 4 Japanese aircraft. First was the Airfix B5N2 Kate, followed by 2 Airfix Zeros from Aldi for £5 each and finally the Hasegawa KI61 Tony I picked up second hand for £8!. I have picked up Eduard seat belts for the Zeros along with new decals, a set of ski's, interior etch and decals for the Tony as the original decals look quite poor and the Kate has the Eduard etch set but will use the kit decals as they are good.

32929154408_3f6b5a0632_h.jpgIMGA0670 by neil Connor, on Flickr

39839542453_aa8fe6025b_h.jpgIMGA0673 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Decals and belts for the Zero's

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Resin ski's, Etch and decals for the Tony

39839541813_7e7edea543_h.jpgIMGA0674 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Eduard etch for the Kate

 

So the Tony first, the kit is from early 1990's I believe so fine engraved detail on the outside but cockpit detail is non-existent! Resin ski's and Rising Sun decals look good.

39839542283_9910dc2195_h.jpgIMGA0676 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32929153438_ddad5185ba_h.jpgIMGA0677 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32929152638_03b77d7448_h.jpgIMGA0678 by neil Connor, on Flickr

39839542113_bbce81fce8_h.jpgIMGA0679 by neil Connor, on Flickr

39839541953_deab802f59_h.jpgIMGA0681 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46805095531_284af387c8_h.jpgIMGA0682 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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Cockpit as supplied by Hasegawa, a bit basic to say the least.

39839541623_0d487f29a2_h.jpgIMGA0684 by neil Connor, on Flickr

8 bits of etch and a piece of 0.8mm wire later, looks more like it.

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Small update, fitted some of the cockpit etch and sprayed olive drab. It would have more but I'm trying to finish off a P51 Red Tail and a Curtis Hawk before I get stuck in proper.

The bare cockpit as supplied by Hasegawa

39839542813_615376a10f_h.jpgIMGA0685 by neil Connor, on Flickr

And with a bit of etch, some more small bits to go in once dry.

31942232017_4abf52f21e_h.jpgIMGA0687 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46883663011_35170810ec_h.jpgIMGA0688 by neil Connor, on Flickr

The offending P51

46883662691_08a40f852a_h.jpgIMGA0689 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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A Tony on skis, who knew that was a thing? :)

 

Watching with interest to see how this goes!

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Some more cockpit work last night, seat, belts and control boxes painted, cockpit secured to one fuselage half. Instrument panel is next and then the fuselage can come together, earlier dry fit looks goods.

46901925751_e2c987db76_h.jpgIMGA0691 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Eduards etch is going in as normal i.e everything must be checked before gluing in place. The radio/control box on the port side is mounted higher than eduard instruct or the cockpit floor wont fit in.

46901926131_43e97c5ec1_h.jpgIMGA0692 by neil Connor, on Flickr

 

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Fuselage is together and filled the seam, will probably have to re scribe most of the panel lines as they a very light in places. May add the gun breeches before the canopy goes on. Tail sprayed red for sqn marking to be masked off.

31979373027_4d37a1134b_h.jpgIMGA0693 by neil Connor, on Flickr

31979372897_137dae6bc3_h.jpgIMGA0694 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33045156228_e8705a861d_h.jpgIMGA0695 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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I have left the tail wheel in place until later so the resin one is not damaged. Also assembled the wings, tanks and resin ski undercarriage.

31979372357_0da92416f0_h.jpgIMGA0697 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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And dry fit together.

33045156618_3c97749e4f_h.jpgIMGA0700 by neil Connor, on Flickr

 

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Wings are on but the join will need work, I added the breeches of the fuselage guns using a couple of M2 HMG's left over from a B17. Just need the gun sight and the canopy can go on. Started the 2 Zero's, cockpits 90% done just the Eduard IJN seat belts to finish before going into the fuselages.

46910102402_f4bb3be334_h.jpgIMGA0706 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46962070501_e52f7439a0_h.jpgIMGA0705 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46962070871_b5a47078a1_h.jpgIMGA0704 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33086758818_d398815446_h.jpgIMGA0703 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33086759188_ac416380d1_h.jpgIMGA0702 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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The Tony has had its wing root filed and rear tail planes fitted, the Zero's cockpits are done and the fuselage and wings are on! These Airfix Zero's build up fast and so far no filler required.

46978938501_18fdc2fbe7_h.jpgIMGA0707 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46978938351_744804e579_h.jpgIMGA0708 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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I plan to dip the 3 canopies in Future tonight so I can start the masking ready for paint this week. If all goes well I will start the Kate next week.

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Been a busy week so time at bench has been curtailed, but I got the Tony canopy masked and sprayed interior colour and started on the Zero's masking. Should have a few hours to myself tomorrow so hopefully have some colour on both by end of the day.

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46128444315_878c70edc5_h.jpgIMGA0712 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Any hopes of starting the Kate next week have evaporated.

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Would have been more fun if you had called this WIP 'Hillybilly dance: 2 Zekes, a Kate, and a Tony'.😎

 

Nice work so far! I'll look in occassionally if you don't mind.😀

 

DennisTheBear

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First of the Zero's has had Humbrol Maskol on the canopy (first time I've tried using) and the Tony has also been sprayed Tamiya XF16 Aluminium.

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The Tony will be an non weathered aircraft, I have only been able to find two pictures of aircraft on ski's, one black and white photo in plain green? and an oil painting of the NMF/green spot that is common on Tony's

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjP45W3obHgAhWXAmMBHfUKDFkQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.warrelics.eu%2Fforum%2Faircraft%2Fwhat-hack-painting-ki-61-hien-tony-skids-378461%2F&psig=AOvVaw1bPUAJvy-Abp_FBgV8PE-1&ust=1549891365359798

The Zero will be heavily chipped/weathered as the aircraft captured by the US force on Saipan Island were in poor condition both mechanicayl and cosmeticly

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Whilst at Hobbycraft picking up the maskol I spotted an Italeri SR71 Blackbird for a £10, couldn't leave it there could I?

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Its a big plane, even in 1/72

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Your builds are looking very nice! Love the extra detail you added into the Tony cockpit... really makes a huge difference! I’d be interested to hear the story about the skis. What theater was that designed for?

 

My one nitpick is that Tamiya XF-16 is a very granular paint in my chosen scale (1/48), so I can imagine it’s much more so in 1/72. But if that’s what you’ve got access to, or what you feel most comfortable using, then it’s the proper paint for the job.

 

Thanks for sharing!

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The Tony's last bit of paint is on, black anti glare panel and yellow leading edges were masked up and sprayed. Ski's have been painted but only dry fit. The fuel tanks need painting and fitting before clear coat can go on.

40099654963_5d21a848c4_h.jpgIMGA0719 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32122754647_961476aa57_h.jpgIMGA0718 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Zeros currently on hold until I can get the right light grey for the undersides, hopefully by end of the week.

 

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I've had the morning off so made so more progress on the Tony. Wooden fuel tanks painted and on, the Rising Sun decals went on really well but the kit decals being so old were very poor, only managed to save 4 of them. Ski's are on, just need the cut down doors fitting.

40106092513_826a3413b9_z.jpgIMGA0720 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32129308587_a68e55c3e9_h.jpgIMGA0721 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32129309187_e192b87321_h.jpgIMGA0722 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Now this one is done I can make a start on the Kate.

 

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I have started the Kate as I have been unable to get any Tamiya XF21 for the Zero's yet. I will be using Marco1965's excellent build he did last year as a guide but I will do a more weathered aircraft than he did. Also decided that I would make this a more evolved build than the Tony or Zero so the Wing will be folded and I have the Eduard interior etch set. So the outer wings have been cut off and assembled, remembered to drill the 2 small holes for the wing fold stays but the kit instructions don't list the correct colour for them so if anyone knows this please let me know. Also drilled out the lightning hole in the cockpit floor, may not be visible with the wings folded but simple enough, the left fuselage has had the etch applied to the rear gunners spare ammo tins. Once the wife has finished her sewing I will spray the cockpit and start applying the coloured etch.

33210652728_d9cc9a1905_h.jpgIMGA0723 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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Wing fold end plates, I considered the CMK resin parts but in this scale it wouldn't make much difference.

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The floor with holes drilled out

47085558361_8108a4f69e_h.jpgIMGA0726 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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Been a bit busy so work done until today, got some colour on the Kates cockpit and made a start on the etch. Nicest set from Eduard yet.

47137464952_2d173be2c1_h.jpgIMGA0734 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33314157118_1e74ec0373_h.jpgIMGA0735 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33314156618_4cc4012d6f_h.jpgIMGA0736 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Also got some paint on the first of the Zero's, I have to admit I'm not sure about the colours on the upper surface. I used IA Grey and olive drab but they look to stark together so will probably change when I spray the second Zero. I will probably go for softer edges rather than the hard edges on this one

47189455121_94778726dc_h.jpgIMGA0737 by neil Connor, on Flickr

47137465192_eb1fc69325_h.jpgIMGA0738 by neil Connor, on Flickr

47189454951_a9d225c9c8_h.jpgIMGA0739 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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As I wasn't happy with the Zero's paint yesterday I mixed some Tamiya Nato Green and IA Grey until I got close to the H Model decal instruction indicated colour and sprayed both Zero's this afternoon. Also sprayed the engine cowls, first is the standard black and the second a dark plum red.

33322754708_b0859e2444_h.jpgIMGA0740 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33322755268_5f1181732c_h.jpgIMGA0741 by neil Connor, on Flickr

Much happier with the primary green, will go much better with the darker green.

 

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Been off sick with the flu for the last three days but unable to do any modelling because of it. Managed to some spraying today at least on the two Zero's, aircraft E-110 still need the wing leading edges and some whit band on wings and fuselage while aircraft 8-07 just need the wing edges before it will be ready for decals.

E-110

33363415408_9f18efff76_h.jpgIMGA0742 by neil Connor, on Flickr

33363415098_240b802766_h.jpgIMGA0743 by neil Connor, on Flickr

8-07

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33363414378_2599567080_h.jpgIMGA0745 by neil Connor, on Flickr

And just to finish off, recieved this from Hannants yesterday. Going to be built hopefully for the Sharkmouth GB

33363415318_9e3005d8db_h.jpgIMGA0746 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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8-07 has been clear coated and decaled ready for next clear coat. Engine and cowling fitted.

32326077487_612590d57a_h.jpgIMGA0750 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46544568644_0945503241_h.jpgIMGA0751 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46544568354_e76e667af4_h.jpgIMGA0752 by neil Connor, on Flickr

E-110's white band are on ready for its clear coat. Small repair needed on the underside where the light grey peeled. Engine and cowling fitted.

32326077037_d9ad7a6bed_h.jpgIMGA0753 by neil Connor, on Flickr

46544568164_bfbb59dee9_h.jpgIMGA0754 by neil Connor, on Flickr

32326077677_b81e326200_h.jpgIMGA0755 by neil Connor, on Flickr

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