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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
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1/48 Hasegawa Ki 43 Hayabusa build
rdt1953
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 08:44 PM UTC
My thanks again to my fellow modelers - all of you who have taken the time to follow, comment and advise are top shelf builders yourselves and I have much admiration for everyone's skills - I am flattered that you all think the same of mine.

Happy Modeling - Richard
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 09:23 PM UTC
Richard-- exceptional work and a really excellent diorama. Well done! The Ki 43 is one of my favorite aircraft, and you've depicted this one beautifully.
VR, Russ
Kendzior
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 07:33 PM UTC
One of my favorite build logs came to an end..., a beautiful end indeed!
The result is just outstanding, no surprise taking into account amount of your effort and amazing workmanship visible in all your posts and photos. Thanks for sharing!

Best regards
Hubert
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 06:46 PM UTC
Richard,
Now that's an impressive fair well shot as I've ever seen to a modeling build blog.

Looking forward to seeing it in person if these constant major Nor'easter snow storms ever stop. this is just about all I've had to deal with since I retired.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 06:28 AM UTC
She truly is a beauty Richard . Love the shot of the sun setting .


Terri
rdt1953
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 06:08 AM UTC
Found this shot and thought it appropriate -



The sun has set on this one folks - Thanks again to all for their interest !

Cheers ! Richard
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 03:03 AM UTC
Richard,
Just an amazing build loaded with added details everywhere, modified figures, scratch built tail wheel dolly, and a diorama that has a easy to grasp specific story line.

Can't wait to see it in person at the Mosqitocon. Should be quite a day.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:25 AM UTC
Hi to all-

Calling this one done folks - antenna done out of fine caddis thread colored with silver permanent marker - glued with PVA .









Thanks to all for following along and sharing your thoughts and wisdom-
With the notable exception of the Photobucket disaster this has been an absolute pleasure - hope to have all on board for the next adventure !

Happy Modeling - Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 04:43 PM UTC

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Fantastic work, Richard.
Only one thing, I think that it would do good if the grass got a little colour variation, some squeezes here and there, tire tracks - it now looks too perfect to my eyes.

Best regards
Hubert



Thank you Hubert - I agree with you completely - I tried to do just that and I ruined it on the first go around by trying to blend in the clumps . I wound up stripping the grass off completely and redoing it so I am going to leave it be this time.
I also tried to press in tracks but it springs back . As this is my first experience with static grass I've learned that you have to plan for tracks in advance which I did not do . Nice to see you back with your Hayabusa's also !
Cheers- Richard
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Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 01:08 PM UTC
Fantastic work, Richard.
Only one thing, I think that it would do good if the grass got a little colour variation, some squeezes here and there, tire tracks - it now looks too perfect to my eyes.

Best regards
Hubert
rdt1953
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:47 PM UTC

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Richard , fantastic workmanship on this build . Even if there is no palm trees . I really like how your plan turned out with the diorama



Terri



Thanks Terri ! - I know it's not a Mustang but -

Richard
thegirl
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 08:56 PM UTC
Richard , fantastic workmanship on this build . Even if there is no palm trees . I really like how your plan turned out with the diorama



Terri
rdt1953
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:55 PM UTC

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Richard,
Looking forward to seeing your masterpiece and finally meeting you at the Mosquitocom, then meeting up again at the Noreastcon.

Joel



Joel - Likewise - just a few more weeks !

Richard
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM UTC
Richard,
Looking forward to seeing your masterpiece and finally meeting you at the Mosquitocom, then meeting up again at the Noreastcon.

Joel
rdt1953
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 06:12 AM UTC
Ernest & Joel - Thank you both for the kind words.

I am posting a list of the mods I did to the Hayabusa since a great deal of the blog is now incomplete thanks to PhotoF _ _ kit and to keep it alive somewhat till I do the antenna.
1- Fuselage shape and length corrected
2- Cowling corrected
3- Control surfaces separated/repositioned
4- Flaps retracted
5- Pilot figure built/posed from various figure sets
6- Missing handholds cut in instrument hood
7- Airscale instrument decals
8- Scratchbuilt annular copper oil cooler
9- Engine wired with all 28 ignition leads
10- Photoetch gear doors,oleo scissor torque links & brake lines
11- All trailing edges thinned
12- Rob Taurus vacuformed windscreen/canopy
13- Gear down indicators added
14- Missing cabin air intake added
15- Antenna mast & Pitot scratch built of brass

Thanks to all for their interest ,comments and input - Richard
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:51 AM UTC

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Masterfully executed build all around Richard. Your scratchbuilding is first rate and the diorama is setup to tell a story remarkably well.

Ernest



Ernest,
Well said.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:35 AM UTC
Masterfully executed build all around Richard. Your scratchbuilding is first rate and the diorama is setup to tell a story remarkably well.

Ernest
rdt1953
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 04:04 AM UTC

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Richard! I never get around to doing it myself but doing a scene like this really turns a nice model into something really special! The figures are lovely, they have the right poses and one can really see the interaction between them.



Magnus



Thank you Magnus - does tuck mean the same in Svenske as in Norske ? My mother was from Tonsberg Norge but her father was was from Svierge - nice to hear from people from my mothers part of the world !
God Dag ! Richard
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 02:27 AM UTC
Richard! I never get around to doing it myself but doing a scene like this really turns a nice model into something really special! The figures are lovely, they have the right poses and one can really see the interaction between them.



Magnus
rdt1953
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:14 AM UTC

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Richard,
Your diorama is just amazing, all combines to make a true portrait of a possible ww2 jap photo. Overall top notch, plane, truck and figures. I am envyous since I could never getarpund to build any scene remotely as good as yours

Cheers
Pedro



Pedro - Thanks for the kind words . I have admired your builds on Aeroscale for some time now so I am very flattered that a person with your skills likes what I have done - I hope I am saying /spelling this correctly - Obrigado !
Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:07 AM UTC
Joel - Thanks for the compliment and I'll pass it along to the gentleman in question!

Richard
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 04:42 PM UTC
Richard,
Your diorama is just amazing, all combines to make a true portrait of a possible ww2 jap photo. Overall top notch, plane, truck and figures. I am envyous since I could never getarpund to build any scene remotely as good as yours

Cheers
Pedro
Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 04:21 AM UTC
Richard,
Darn nice looking kid
Joel
rdt1953
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 04:06 AM UTC
Here is the new kid on the block -





more to follow after antenna wire installation -

Thanks for looking - Richard
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 03:50 AM UTC

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Joel - don't be too impressed- the figure was molded in a kneeling position but the torso was hunched over - I repositioned the torso , head and arms to pose him in the position I wanted . I also slimmed him down a little by sawing up through the torso sideways and through the pelvis front to back . While I realize that people vary in size in real life I thought he looked too big in relation to the figures in the foreground.
Too bad Brian can't make it - I met him there last year but I'm anxious to meet you and your brother as well ! Should be a good time . If you frequent Missing-Lynx - Brett Green's armor site you can check out my brother in law Jim Guld's latest effort which I'm sure he'll bring to Mosquitocon. Look for the Churchill AVRE Boase Bangalore in constructive comments section.
Cheers ! Richard



Richard,
That's a lot of work on a figure. Going to checkout your brother's builds in a few. If you want to see what my brother has been up to. He's a long, long time 1/32 scale modeler on LSP.

Joel