Build: Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, 1:33, Halinski 3/2005

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  1. rlwhitt

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    A mix. I initially used all the originals except for the one part that was printed rong, and used the none out of the 109 kit for that. I also was not satisfied with another piece later and use the replacement for that.

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    Ahh nice work!! That exhaust looks really good!

    Thats right! It's the JU-52 grom GPM :)
    And I have the lasercuts!!
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    Thanks for the link, this will give me a few visual pointers as I finish this.

    I'm always so humbled every time I look at these Polish sites - such a seemingly unending stream of great talent!

    Rick

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    I was about to order the laser kit from GPM directly, until I got a look at the postage to the US - it was almost as much as the stuff I was ordering!

    The couple of North American sites I've looked at that carry Draf Model stuff didn't have the JU-52 set, but I'll keep looking!

    Will you be doing your usual master work of painting and weathering for the plane? Or does that just work well for armor? At any rate, looking forward to your build!

    Rick

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    All I've got for today is the gun sight. It was a beast!

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    Now that's a gunsight! well done Rick!
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    Thanks!

    In case anyone wonders, the reticule itself I made from soft wire that I got from opening up some 18 ga wire and pulling out 1 strand, wrapped around a toothpick, inside parts cut with xacto. Glued together with CA and painted. Had to do it under a microsope. ;) Just kidding, but I DID have to do it under a magnifyer light. Ugh! I don't want to admit how long that took, with my poor eyes and unsteady hand. Just more gratuitous detail!

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    To quote Frank Barone - "Holy Crap!"

    That's just beautiful Rick!
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    The canopy. For those that did not view my Hellcat thread, another plug for a great glue to use on canopies and such - Testor's Clear Parts Cement. It sticks paper to plastic very well, but does not set up so fast you cannot move things around. And you can be VERY messy with the stuff (which fits right into my desired technique) as it balls up and scrapes off easily with a toothpick after about 10+ minutes. It's sort of like rubber when mostly dry.

    Oh yeah, ailerons are on now too. I did not take any pictures of them since I was so disgusted with them. I built them 3 times, and never was quite satisfied with the shape. Dunno why, but these things just vexed me.

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    Beautiful!
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    That canopy is like icing on the cake!
    Great job!

    Russell
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    Landing Gear

    On to the legs! This one made me stop and think a minute, so I thought I'd share a bit of detail. Look at the part to the left and the little notch in the red circle. That will end up being a cutting guide to make a slot for the strut wire. You don't roll the part onto the real strut, as is the normal procedure. You roll it onto some similar wire, then cut the slot once it's dry, and then put the real strut wire in.

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    Here is a shot of one strut with the wire in and one with the lower covering parts on.

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    Looks great! Almost there!
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    Completed struts with wheels. These particular wheels were kind of a pain in the rear, as they have 17 parts each, most of them in the hubs/rims.

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    Completed main landing gear, including inner doors with some interesting wire parts that add a nice touch.

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    Tail wheel and tail hook. As designed, the wire brace is really too long to make sense, as the hook hits the ground before the tail wheel. Maybe accurate for a landing, but not good for static display, so after this shot I cut the wire down so the wheel rests on the ground.

    Almost done - all that's left is the external fuel tank and prop/spinner!

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    Some intricate work there! Just about ready to tangle with that Hellcat!
  20. cgutzmer

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    Thats flippin awesome! You guys are gonna be keeping me in archival quality threads for quite some time :)

    One question - where did you get that weird cube thats 3x5? heh heh just playin!
    Chris