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Clear Prop's 1/72 A5M4 Claude built Out-Of-the-Box


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My local club has a group build going on for this month's meeting, and although time is short, I thought I would contribute something. The theme is WW2 in the Pacific. Originally, I had planned to build a P-38 Lightning, but reality sat in and I selected this kit from my stash instead:

 

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I surprised myself by finishing this build in just ten days (and, it was not the only project on my bench)! The Clear Prop kit is very, very good but does take some care to assemble. Details of the build (100-percent OOB) are in my WIP thread, here:

 

 

 

All-in-All, I'm quite pleased with how my Claude turned out. Here are the pics:

 

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The well-detailed engine and cockpit interior are highlights of this kit. Too bad the details can barely be seen once everything is assembled:

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Japanese aircraft are not my forte (I've only ever built one before -- Tamiya's excellent 1/72 Ki-61 "Tony"), but my experience with this kit makes me want to do more... I can see an Airfix Kate on my horizon 😉

 

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Very cool!  The Japanese flag on the antenna mast is breathtaking! What’s your secret?
 

Cheers 

 

Andy 

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4 hours ago, Andy Dyck said:

Very cool!  The Japanese flag on the antenna mast is breathtaking! What’s your secret?
 

 Thanks for asking about the flag, I forgot to document this in my WIP.

 

The flag is provided as a decal on the decal sheet:

 

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I carefully cut it out and applied it to a piece of thick aluminum foil (not the thin stuff you find in the kitchen, but heavier foil that I salvaged from a food container). Once the decal was on, I gave it a liberal coat of MicroScale Liquid Decal Film (to help protect it from cracking or flaking in the subsequent bending process.) I then folded the foil in half and glued the two inside surfaces together with PVA glue (Gator Grip). I choose this glue because it would retain some flexibility when cured, unlike CA would. I used thin tweezers to shape the flag as if it were in a gentle breeze, taking into account that the mast would be at an angle with the plane on the ground. The last thing I did before gluing the flag to the mast was to apply a thin gray wash -- this softened the colors and created a shadowed effect in the folds of the flag.

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Beautiful! Every detail looks well-done on this build. Isn't this a handsome model of an exotic plane in its silver paint and red markings?

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Great workmanship!

 

Nice and colourful too

 

Regards

 

Dave

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Now this is impressive!!!!!!  Outstanding results.  There`s a ,lot to like with this Claude.  :worthy:

 

Mike

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One more photo to show. Our local club is meeting this weekend, where the group builds will be shown. I wanted to include something special with my Claude, so I tried my hand at building a carrier-deck base and added an IJN pilot (CMK resin, very nice.)

 

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Excellent work!

With the diorama base and figure, I trust your club colleagues will give it the applause it deserves!

:goodjob:

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Very nice build, the trick with flags is to put the decals on baking foil, and trim it to size, that way you can bend it in different directions as though it is being blown in the wind

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10 minutes ago, mustang1989 said:

Mister.....for being a ten day build you must've spent ALOT of time during that span building this. Looks great!!!! 

Thanks. It’s good to be retired.

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