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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/48 Hasegawa Ki 43 Hayabusa build
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:22 PM GMT+7






Terri
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:17 AM GMT+7

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Joel -

The spinning jaws of the three jaw chuck hurt your knuckles when you get too close - ask me how I know .

Richard



Richard,
So you're human afterall.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:03 AM GMT+7
Joel -

The spinning jaws of the three jaw chuck hurt your knuckles when you get too close - ask me how I know .

Richard
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 06:53 AM GMT+7

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Joel & Ernest -

Thank you for the compliments gentlemen !

Richard



Richard,
compliments that are more then just that. They're hats off to a professional level job. You really make it look so easy, yet I'm 100% certain that the only thing I'd mill is my finger tips.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:28 PM GMT+7
Joel & Ernest -

Thank you for the compliments gentlemen !

Richard
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 06:36 PM GMT+7
Now that is what I call scratch building! Awesome work with the lathe Richard.

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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 01:29 PM GMT+7
Richard,
OMG !! that's absolutely astounding. your lath skills are something else. Just an amazing modeling feat.
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:05 AM GMT+7
Hi to all - I've been working on some accessories -
Here is an oil drum variation -



I want to add a tailwheel dolly as can be seen in many Japanese wartime images -



I will be using soldered brass for most of the structure - photo etch wire wheels from Tom's Modelworks 1/72 WW I aircraft set - and tires turned from styrene rod .



The photo etch wheels are flat and must be dished so I made a die set by turning a piece of aluminium rod to the O.D. of the photo etch wheel then centerdrilled for a brass axle to hold the wheel . I then tapered the face with the compound tool post to produce the dish.



I made the female half of the die by casting Durhams Water Putty around the male end of the rod






The etched wheels were cut from the fret , rims cut in four places and then placed on the pin and pushed into the female die to produce the dish -



The profile cutter for the tires was milled and then filled out of a piece of mild steel -





The styrene rod was bored to the inside rim diameter and turned to the outside tire diameter then the half round profile was faced with the cutter-




Each tire half was then parted off and the next one profiled - each had a slight rabbet faced on the inside to accept the photo etch rim.
all wheel/tire assemblies will be made in two halves then cemented together.

Here are the components so far - one more wheel to dish-



More to follow - Thanks for watching - Richard
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 09:36 PM GMT+7
Beautiful work on the plane and diorama Richard. The bamboo looks very convincing - first class job there!

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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 08:12 AM GMT+7

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Richard,
The Bamboo tree looks great. Just one question, will those needles dry out over time and fall off, or will the glue keep them in place?

Joel



Thanks Joel - I am wondering the same regarding the longevity of the needles.
They are very fragile already and will inevitably become more so with age.
Photoetch brass would be so much better but I cannot bring myself to put in the effort and put out the money for something I may not even use . I am going to overspray a piece of the fern with acrylic matte varnish to see if that helps- a sort of " skin " over all - I'll post the results
Richard
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 08:01 AM GMT+7
Richard,
The Bamboo tree looks great. Just one question, will those needles dry out over time and fall off, or will the glue keep them in place?

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 05:35 AM GMT+7
Nice job on making the bamboo tree Richard . It looks part on my end and works very well with the ground work already applied . Looking forward on the other 20

See , you do have a green thumb even though you can't remember



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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 05:17 AM GMT+7
Here is what I've come up with for the bamboo -

I found some 3/64 Plastruct rod at my LHS. This is some type of butyl plastic covering a steel rod so it is rigid but bendable . After searching for photo etch brass leaves approximating bamboo and finding none I looked into producing my own but it looked pretty expensive. I settled on this fern offered by The Scenic Factory intended for making pine trees.



I next filed one end of the Plastruct rod to a taper -



and then laid off 1/4 " increments along the stalk -



I then scored through the plastic by rolling the rod under a knife on a glass plate to produce the nodes -



Let me state that I don't pretend to know much about botany/agriculture . I have been told by gardeners that I couldn't grow mold on old bread in a damp basement and I agree with their assessment . I vaguely recall some of my pals getting involved with trying to grow a certain type of plant during my brief stint in college during the early seventies - but the memory is very foggy for some reason.

The stalk was then cut to length and sprayed dessert yellow -




then brush painted with artist's oils Sap Green and the wiped of with a small stiff brush-





Working from images of bamboo found on the net leaves were cut from the fern and glued to the stalk with PVA . when dry I went over all joins with a dilute mixture of acrylic matte medium with a drop of Dawn dish detergent added to ease the surface tension. I then lightly airbrushed the leaf matter with yellow.

Here is the finished product set in one of the groundwork studies -



all that remains is to do this again about twenty times - - and then decide if I like it .

Thanks for looking in and Happy New Year to all ! - Richard
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 08:53 AM GMT+7
Hi again Richard

That could well be the same aircraft from the other side - the position and angle of what is definitely a barrel on the far side vs. the undercarriage ties in nicely.

So, yep - a barrel with a broad white centre band with characters - plus... it looks pretty heavily weathered in your shot.

Great catch! This is the kind of "photo sleuthing" I love - stitching together evidence that's gone unnoticed for so many years.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 07:03 AM GMT+7
Richard,
those plaques look fantastic.

Nice going on that chock.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 06:37 AM GMT+7
The plates are back from the engraver- I was concerned that the type did not look parallel to the edges until I realized that the outer edges are only a matrix -



I've also knocked out a pair of the typical Japanese slat style wheel chocks seen in so many images -



built up of sheet styrene , painted dessert yellow then wood grained with artists oils.

working on bamboo methods - not real happy yet so the bamboo thicket idea may be dumped . We'll see .

Thanks for looking in - Richard
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 06:24 AM GMT+7

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Hi Richard

I also wondered whether the last photo shows a strap, but the reason I included it is that I'm sure I spotted a photo during my original search of a barrel on the ground with a painted ring at each end in a similar position. Typically, though, I couldn't find the photo again when I did the scans this morning!

In the first photo, I'm not sure if it's another drum in the background or a stack of boxes - I can see it either way, depending on how I look at it.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan - Now that you mention it does indeed look like it could be boxes or a drum. I stumbled upon this in one of my books grouped together with the photo in question. I believe it to be the same aircraft/ drums viewed from the opposite side.


Although difficult to see it does appear to be a drum .
If so I suppose I now have license to put non-kanji characters on the drums as well if I choose . Thanks again for the pics- they certainly validate what I am trying to portray .

Cheers ! Richard
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 05:29 AM GMT+7
Hi Richard

I also wondered whether the last photo shows a strap, but the reason I included it is that I'm sure I spotted a photo during my original search of a barrel on the ground with a painted ring at each end in a similar position. Typically, though, I couldn't find the photo again when I did the scans this morning!

In the first photo, I'm not sure if it's another drum in the background or a stack of boxes - I can see it either way, depending on how I look at it.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:35 PM GMT+7
Thanks Rowan - I think the center picture is a real find as it looks very similar to what I have done - a validation of sorts. I have seen the top photo before but not that large and I think I may do the top of one of the drums in that fashion . Interesting to note that the drum in the back appears to have " J NT " or something similar in non - kanji characters . The last picture of the drum in the Ki 9 is also interesting- I think it may be possible that what we are seeing as a painted stripe may actually be a strap of some sort securing the drum .
All pics are great finds and very helpful - Thanks again ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:56 PM GMT+7
Hi Richard

Nice progress on the base. I'm afraid I haven't been able to find many photos of fuel drums in my books that are likely to be a great deal of help. There's one with what appears to be of an end cap painted and bearing characters:



Another with what looks like a band of characters around it:



And, finally, a clear shot of a coloured band on a drum fitted into the rear cockpit of a Ki-9 trainer as an improvised kamikaze aircraft:



I've found a few shots of plain drums, but it's a bit of a surprise and rather disappointing how few of my reference photos have any fuel drums in them.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:15 AM GMT+7

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Joel & Terri - Thanks for the compliments, moving forward inch by inch .

Cheers - Richard



Richard,
The important thing is that you're moving forward. I can't count the number of times my movement was back where I just came from.
Joel
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM GMT+7
Joel & Terri - Thanks for the compliments, moving forward inch by inch .

Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 01:03 PM GMT+7
Beautiful work on the base so far Richard .



Terri
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:20 AM GMT+7
Richard,
Great start to the texturing of the base.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 09:48 AM GMT+7
I think the scene composition is pretty well pinned down with the exception of the back corner where I am toying with the idea of a stand of bamboo - nothing says Asia to me quite like bamboo so this will depend on how well I can pull off the bamboo. The name plates have been finalized and are off to the engraver and I should have them in hand next week.



Here are a couple more studies for the ground work - I've settled on a mixture of Durham's water putty and acrylic craft paints to tint it to a rich grey/brown/green turf color. The paint really slows the drying time but that is a plus as it gives more working time. Left overnight in the closet with our heat system bakes it very nicely. I plan to have a chalked flight line/ propeller warning stripe on the grass and this can be seen in one study . A simple acetate stencil and airbrushed white paint seems to do it -



Here is the final choice for the static grass adhesive - acrylic matte medium tinted to medium green/brown with Vallejo Model Air-



I'll be working on the fuel drums some more as well as some wheel chocks and other details while I sort out the bamboo thicket method .

Thanks for looking in ! Richard