Cuppa_joe Posted December 28, 2020 Share Posted December 28, 2020 Hi all, first image post here, this is a Christmas gift to my father, we being romanians ourselves, i felt it was rather fitting although unusual Christmas present to cause a welcome surprise, and surprised he was! Taken from phone, need to dust off the legit camera and post genuine pictures. For some backstory, haven't picked up a sprue in over 15 years, not too competent or patient in my younger years modelling and now with lockdowns, and restless hands....oh and watching WW2 in colour (haha) i have now been reinvigorated in my interest in the hobby. Since this is my first build post ill fill in the progress and finale in this one post to save doubling up on the same pics on a redundant thread I think it pays to say that i learnt many new techniques on this new model, reasons being: Youtube, honestly! My last go'round was your on your own, with expensive modelling books (apprentice wages at the time) as the only real learning material, clubs were almost exclusively R/C. I learnt from the likes of: The model guy, Plasmo, Scale a ton, R-minatures, Night shift (must follow if you like armour or weathering!), Erbroins minatures, MM Scale models, Ziggys Desk, Sprue therapy and last but not least: Nandemo-seisaku TV (Kenji's Plamodel diary) I literally spent hours watching different channels to get back that "feel" and to learn better techniques and unlearn bad ones (no clear coat, and decal silvering anyone?...i wondered why??) hahah give them a looksee if your at all interested, some do armour, others dioramas, real OEM minatures, F1/Bikes, the works really. If you know of any channels that are a must watch feel free to comment below. Watch out on this 1/72 version as the canopy doesnt sit flush in the fuselage once together, pays to preasemble the two halves and dry-fit as the rear sits proud of the fuselage. Needless to say, i didnt so over the primed frame i fitted the canopy and what do you know...nadda! my mistake, but other than that the kit went together like dream minus a seam needed filling underneath. Very well done there Tamiya considering the scale! Unfortunately the next kit is a 1/72 A7M Reppu "Sam"from a 2000's fine molds kit. After the tamiya experience im rather deflated from my lofty expectations getting back to what the kits used to be like (stay tuned for the next post) FYI all the panel lines were chiseled as best as possible with a .1mm bit from Dspiae, worth the money, well made and a joy to use. recommended!! Needing some putty on the side to fill in the gap from the canopy i created above Below is masking off for the coloured tail section White painted for better colour display for the yellow to work off Getting warmer!! Below is mounted a .38mm bar to hold the antenna in place in the middle of the fuselage between frames 4&5, correct rigging does it for me. Stop everything its decal time! No seriously they needed a ton of work. Set was from Parc models, and were a bloody pain, large transfer, fragile, doesnt adhere, god awful silvering, but the slight fading worked for me as i was going for a weathered sun bleached display anyway. Home stretch at 2am christmas eve to get it done... Little rough i know but do comment! also the rigging wire, does it look like the correct thickness? Anyway, enjoy the pics. Till next time Darius 11 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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