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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
1/48 Hasegawa Ki 43 Hayabusa build
rdt1953
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 07:00 AM UTC
Mike - Thanks for the compliments! As I have stated before I really enjoy all the interchange between like minded folks . Regarding the oil cooler I sent you a PM

Cheers - Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 09:34 AM UTC
Progress update-

I've built up the photo etch gear doors from Eduard - after several failed attempts with both thin and medium C/A I cleaned all off and used 5 minute epoxy for the 3 brackets on each door.



shot the yellow on the rudder/elevators with Tamiya flat yellow cut with a little Tamiya flat white then dusted over with a highly thinned mix of Vallejo ModelAir Insignia White to tone the yellow down a bit.



After masking out the control surfaces the fuselage was shot with Vallejo MetalColor White Aluminum.





here is tail wheel in white aluminum-



and prop/spinner in primer-



I hope to shoot a few panels here and there on the underside in a few aluminum shades to break it up a bit and paint chipped areas on the upper surface with liquid mask before proceeding with the IJAAF Dark Green. I don't have much luck with acrylics and the salt method as the salt leaches into the paint and leaves white marks- I've actually had more success using ground pepper from a pepper mill although it does not adhere as well.

Thanks for looking in - Richard
thegirl
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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 04:36 AM UTC
Moving along very nicely Richard , metal coat turned out super and will pop once the variations are added . Looking forward on the next up-date



Terri
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:54 AM UTC
Progress in the paint dept. -

Random panels and strapping at spars on underside of wing shot in various tones and wheel wells and firewall shot in Aotake -



Bottom masked for IJAAF Dark Green that wraps around underside -



Cowl and upper surfaces given a case of measles with liquid mask for minor chipping-





Upper surfaces preshaded in black and the shot in base IJAAF Dark Green-







Main gear done and awaiting weathering and gear doors -





Tailwheel done -



and prop/ spinner done-





Next up will be fading upper surfaces -

Thanks for looking and as always all input/comments welcome -

Cheers ! Richard
Redhand
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 03:00 PM UTC
Really nice detail work here Richard. However I need some education from you and others about the rationale behind spraying a kit with a metal eyes are like this and then covering it with black, when the final product will be a camouflage scheme. I'm a lot more primitive in my approach to exterior painting, since I haven't yet attempted appreciating, and shy away from natural metal finishes.

So, your comments will be most welcome. The build is coming along very well.
Kendzior
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Krakow, Poland
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 08:55 PM UTC
Hi, Richard

The prop looks very good indeed.

Vallejo MetalColor White Aluminum (and other paints of this range) is one of my favorite metalizers now. The good thing is that the finish is very smooth, almost like after a cote of surfacer. Therefore, another paint applied to this silver base (Gunze's H IJA Green for example) is not adhering very strongly, which is a disadvantage - when it comes to masking, for example when one is painting the markings using masks - but also an advantage, because one can recreate chipping the paint with pieces of adhesive tape (by sticking and peeling it off in a desired place), which gives a very nice effect of randomness.

Keep it up, best regards
Hubert
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:26 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Really nice detail work here Richard. However I need some education from you and others about the rationale behind spraying a kit with a metal eyes are like this and then covering it with black, when the final product will be a camouflage scheme. I'm a lot more primitive in my approach to exterior painting, since I haven't yet attempted appreciating, and shy away from natural metal finishes.

So, your comments will be most welcome. The build is coming along very well.



Brian -
Thanks for looking in - I sprayed the airframe in aluminum first because the bottom finish is natural metal and the top surfaces will be chipped - hence the liquid mask.I originally thought I might do very heavy weathering with large amounts of the color flaked away so the entire upper surface was done in aluminum first. Ultimately I chose minimal chipping for a couple of reasons - the marking scheme I chose by Lifelike didn't evidence heavy deterioration of the finish and the Vallejo paint wasn't cooperating with the mask medium in the way I expected even though I made up a test sample on sheet styrene first .
The photos are a little misleading - what you are looking at is not the black preshading but the IJAAF Dark Green itself. I preshaded only the panel lines in black . I meant to take a picture of the preshading itself but got so involved in painting that I neglected to do so. I don't like strong panel lines showing through in a "checkerboard " fashion so I laid On enough green so only a hint of the preshading is there. It doesn't show well in the photos but in strong natural light it looks just right . I now need to start modulating the dark green with lighter shades here and there . Hope this answers your questions - Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM UTC
Hubert -
Thanks for the kind words. I love the Gunze acrylic paints and would still be using them today but they are basically unavailable in the USA . I have a few colors stashed away for future projects but no IJAAF colors unfortunately.
Nice to see your Hayabusa project moving forward .

Cheers ! Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:24 AM UTC
Two steps forward - one step back -

The paint woes continue -

The paint work was done to the point of being ready for the pre - decaling gloss coat as I wrestled with my dissatisfaction with the chipping effect.

I just was not happy with it as it looked too forced and unnatural to me.
Also, the liquid mask method was too inconsistent - some peeled away beautifully looking very good and others took the underlying silver paint away with the mask and others left raised green paint at the edges where the mask material was removed so after a bit of soul searching I have elected to try to strip the dark green on the upper surfaces and try to keep the undersurfaces which I am pleased with.





I am going to try to re-do the green without the the primer/ silver bit and and do minimal chipping with brush painting and/or color pencil -

Stay tuned for more drama - hobbies are fun, right ?

Richard