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Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
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1/48 FineMolds Ka 14 prototype
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 07:29 AM UTC

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and just when do you think you'll have time to build them?

Joel

Ha ! May be these will be the Sorbet to cleanse Brian's pallette post B 17 ! Richard



Brian,
I'm counting on it. Especially since I'm at a snail's pace on my Mossie build.
Joel

Well, I am making some progress. New post comjng fairly soon.

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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 06:27 AM UTC

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and just when do you think you'll have time to build them?

Joel

Ha ! May be these will be the Sorbet to cleanse Brian's pallette post B 17 ! Richard



Well, I am making some progress. New post comjng fairly soon.
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 05:30 AM UTC

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I've signed up for this one. Just bought the two new Claude Kits from Hobbylink Japan.



and just when do you think you'll have time to build them?

Joel


Ha ! May be these will be the Sorbet to cleanse Brian's pallette post B 17 ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 05:26 AM UTC

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I've signed up for this one. Just bought the two new Claude Kits from Hobbylink Japan.


Brian - I fear we may be kindred spirits- See " what the postman Brought"
http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=122635&page=155#2121096
Thanks for watching ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 05:07 AM UTC

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I've signed up for this one. Just bought the two new Claude Kits from Hobbylink Japan.



and just when do you think you'll have time to build them?

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 04:17 AM UTC
I've signed up for this one. Just bought the two new Claude Kits from Hobbylink Japan.
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 02:57 AM UTC
Joel - Thanks for your interest and input. The Ka 14 prototype was flown vigorously during the initial flight performance phase before static load tests so I think there was likely scuffing on the seat back and pan , rudder pedals / heel troughs,etc.
which I have attempted to show - perhaps a little clumsily .The umber wash and dry brushing was done more to try to make the details "pop" then to make it appear weathered- the cockpit opening is pretty small so there won't be much to be seen when it's buttoned up.
Regarding the color I felt the same as you in that it looked very different than the norm but I deferred to the reference. At this point I should state that the painting guide is for the early zero so let's say 1939- 41 and the Ka 14 dates a year or two previous so I've made some assumptions about the color choice. Apparently the Mitsubishi cockpit color that many- including me - have in our heads didn't appear till 1942 or so. I should also add that the paint guide is viewed on a computer monitor and proved difficult to match up to but I think I've got it close . Then a little later we have to throw the Nakajima built aircraft into the stew with yet another variation !
Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 02:02 AM UTC
Richard,

Nice start to the cockpit. The color is somewhat unusual from what I've seen others use, but your reference certainly seems to have an expertise worth following.

I do have one question. You said that there was only one prototype built and was destroyed during testing, so it wasn't around long enough to show much wear and tear, yet you've heavily weathered the cockpit. I'm just curious as to why you made that decision?

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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 12:37 AM UTC
I've made a start with - you guessed it - the cockpit . Nothing elaboate as this is an OOB build. I used Nick Millman's excellent e-guide " Painting the Early Zero -Sen " to mix the early Mitsubishi olive-green cockpit color using Tamiya XF 58 Olive Green and XF 49 Khaki with a touch of XF 3 Flat yellow.
Nick runs a wonderful site here:
http://www.aviationofjapan.com/
Nick is a very respected guy in this field and he has also been very generous in sharing his time and knowlege - If you are at all interested in Japanese aircraft and have not allready done so , visit his site- it's a real treat.
The kit gives you the usual option of flat IP and instrument decal or the molded variety that you hand paint. I opted for the decal.
After paint and picking out details the green was given a light wash of umber oil and a very little dry brushing with a lightened mixture of the base color. Very minor scuffing done with piece of cosmetic sponge and flat white/aluminium mix. There was only one inverted gull wing prototype built and it was tested to destruction during the static load tests so it wasn't around long enough to accumulate much wear. Lap belts were added from Eduard's IJN set.




Next up are the guns/magazines and fuselage assembly . Thanks for looking- All comments welcome.
Cheers ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 09:52 PM UTC

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Richard,
I'll be pulling up a chair, and following right along to completion.
Joel


Joel - Thanks for the interest- I suppose we'll be watching each other then as I am enjoying your Mossie project ! Welcome aboard- Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 09:37 PM UTC
Richard,
I'll be pulling up a chair, and following right along to completion.
Joel
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 02:12 AM UTC
Steffen- I just viewed "The Wind Rises " this weekend and plan on watching it again this evening before returning it. Very entertaining and wonderful artwork. I preordered both the A5M2 and - 4 from HLJ and I expect them any day now.
Cheers! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 01:35 AM UTC
I saw the Anime, I also have the new Fine Molds A5M4. It is a great kit!
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:43 AM UTC
Cool Project!

Just ordered the new A5M2 (and I got the new A5M4 just recently)

BTW the anime is a really nice Studio Ghibli movie and the last of master Miyazaki himself (and quite technical in places)... and if you think anime is for kids just watch "Grave of the Fireflies" (also Studio Ghibli)...

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:35 AM UTC
Hi to all - Starting a new project while waiting for some reference on the Ki 43 . This is going to be an OOB build of FineMolds' 1/48 Mitsubishi Ka 14 prototype- Jiro Horikoshi's first real winner. Don't be put off by the toy -like Anime cartoon boxart for inside is a beautiful scale model fully up to FineMolds' high standards. I hope to get away with a NMF - There seems to be some differing opinions on it's finish even though Jiro Horikoshi himself stated that it was faired up with putty and painted because of the flush rivets causing dimpled skin. At least we know that it had a NMF before paint-if indeed it was painted- and that will be my alibi because I would love to see it in aluminium & red/black colors.

More to come - Cheers ! Richard