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#1 Loic

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:02 PM

Ok guys,

I have to say that dispite the theme of this GB is great and gives many build options, I did not find my definitive topic until late those days.

I have been through several options (TBF, Zero just to name those 2) but the more I think about it, the more I think I should try to scratchbuild this B5N torpedo bomber. I will possibly enter the Zeke I intendeed to build (until I changed my mind...) in the short GB if the Kate goes either very well or completly wrong ;) .

So, there is no fancy pic of the box and its content here and I am not even talking about aftermarket stuffs :P
The only things I could have shot are my knife, glue and putty as well as a hudge pile of evergreen... but I guess there is no real need in that :unsure:

I have no sharp idea where to start or how to do that build plus I only managed to collect limited documentations/information but I think this is the fun :D

I have the following:
- Bunrindo - Famous Airplanes n2 - Nakajima B5N
- Profile 141 - Nakajima B5N Kate
- Maru Mechanic 47 - Nakajima B5N Kate

I was not able to find anything else but this so if anyone as some more info (especially the cockpit area!) that they are willing to share anyhow, I would be delighted.

Well, lets hope for the best and wait for the start in the following days!

Cheers,

Loic

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:19 PM

A good place to find plans of airplanes is:
Bob's Aircraft Documentation
www.bobsairdoc.com
3114 Yukon Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
phone 714 979 8058
fax 714 979 7279
I have bought plans from him for models I scratch built. He also has packets of photographs for sale.

Another source is 1/33 paper card models. The inside formers are ready to cut out. I usually take it to a xerox machine and scale it up by a factor of 1.03125 to get 1/32 scale. I have a copy of the Kate in paper. Let me know if you need it. Write me using my email: auslend@snet.net

Try to avoid plans that are used for flying models. They are almost always modified from scale to make the model fly better.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:20 PM

Wow. :unsure:

I'd call this an ambitious undertaking, but that would be a gross understatement!!

Sure will be fun to watch though!
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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:34 PM

Hi That sounds like quite the project. I don't have any info but I do with you the best of luck on it, Keep us updated when you can.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:21 PM

You're a madman Loic! A scratch build effort in a 6-month Group Build? I'm definitely hangin' around to see this one come together.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 11:07 PM

Loic,

This is a big leap :unsure: At least we all have something to start with! If you decide to do it, I wish you well. I will also follow your progress.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 12:12 AM

That would be awesome to see come together, I wish you luck for sure!!!

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 03:00 AM

Whoooeeee! :rolleyes: You never cease to amaze me dude. I like your style Loic!!! I too am starting out with a pile of plastic sheets. Glad to see there will be another scratch-built entry in this group-build, hurray!
Is there an engine available to use as a base? Where are you going to start...the wings, fuselage, or what? Ohhhh, I've got so many questions, I don't know which to ask first.
If anybody is capable of pulling off a scratch-built Kate, it's you buddy! Can't wait to see some pics of the progress. Oh my, this is going to be good! Later, Russ

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 04:07 AM

This will be a very interesting entry! Looking forward to seeing your photos and learning some new techniques.

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 03:06 PM

I agree with everyone else, this will be an interesting project to behold!

Good luck!

Cheers,

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 09:43 PM

Hello guys!

first of all, thanks to all of you for your support and tips (Stephen), much appreciated ;)

Soooo.... I have been searching the internet like a dog and finally managed to find some data, 3D views, etc... that will be of help. I have scaled up and print out drawings that seams accurate accoring to my sources so I have a base for my work.

As per the Tempest project, I intend to use some bits and pieces from other aircraft in order to build this lady and especially the good old Zeke... Hey good news, I have one extra Revell one in the stash that I will most probably never ever build other wise ;)

After a few checking, I find out some good and bad as per following list:

Good news are:
- as I secretly expected, the rear part of the Zeke fuselage is very similar to the Kate one to say the less, I will be able to use a Zeke fuse for that part assuming a reasonable amount of work. Main difficulty is that the tail plans are fitted in a different place.
- the cowling is also very similar as to the Zeke one so the latest can certainly be used as a base
- also, the engine is the good old Sake 21.... as per the Zeke
- the centre part of the wing is quite basic
- the wheel well and landing gear are quite basic too (at least when compared to the Tempest ones!)

Bad news are:
- the tail planes (vertical and horizontal) are quite different in both shape, chord and width as per the Zeke: some heavy work required here
- the wings are very different and my initial plan to eventually use the Zeke wings to build the outer folding part of the Kate wing is not going to be a piece of kate... oups sorry... a piece of cake :D
- the front sections of the fuselages (between wind screen and cowling) have nothing in common at all


All in all, this is not too bad! I can not see that project being much more difficult than the Tempest. One major difference still is that I did have loads of documentation, info, data and similar stuff on the Beast and I feel quite "nacked" when the Kate is concerned and especially the cockpit area.

May I ask the community for some help? If any one of you guys may have a 1/48th scale Kate unbuilt, I would really appreciate if you could post a couple of pics of the cockpit parts. Thanks in advance.

I will go and buy 50 kg of sand paper and 10 kg of putty in the next days and I will hopefully be able to start working during the weekend :(

I will of course keep you guys updated ;)

Cheers,

Loic

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Completed builds :   Hawker Tempest (kitbash)   /   Nakajima B5N Kate (Scratchbuild)   /   Spitfire Mk I

Master pattern work:   DB-603 Engine    /   F4U-1 Corsair engine bay 


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Posted 03 September 2008 - 11:23 PM

Hey Loic, are you trying to tell us it's not done yet?

:(

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:28 AM

Hello guys!
May I ask the community for some help? If any one of you guys may have a 1/48th scale Kate unbuilt, I would really appreciate if you could post a couple of pics of the cockpit parts. Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Loic

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:47 PM

Loic,
Fantastic choice,I always loved the lines of the Kate,I've been wishing for Kate for years.Judging from your projects posted here this should be an excellent build.I'll be following your build with much excited interest.
Highest Regards,
Gregory Jouette

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:12 PM

Hello guys!

first of all, thanks to all of you for your support and tips (Stephen), much appreciated ;)

Soooo.... I have been searching the internet like a dog and finally managed to find some data, 3D views, etc... that will be of help. I have scaled up and print out drawings that seams accurate accoring to my sources so I have a base for my work.

As per the Tempest project, I intend to use some bits and pieces from other aircraft in order to build this lady and especially the good old Zeke... Hey good news, I have one extra Revell one in the stash that I will most probably never ever build other wise ;)

After a few checking, I find out some good and bad as per following list:

Good news are:
- as I secretly expected, the rear part of the Zeke fuselage is very similar to the Kate one to say the less, I will be able to use a Zeke fuse for that part assuming a reasonable amount of work. Main difficulty is that the tail plans are fitted in a different place.
- the cowling is also very similar as to the Zeke one so the latest can certainly be used as a base
- also, the engine is the good old Sake 21.... as per the Zeke
- the centre part of the wing is quite basic
- the wheel well and landing gear are quite basic too (at least when compared to the Tempest ones!)

Bad news are:
- the tail planes (vertical and horizontal) are quite different in both shape, chord and width as per the Zeke: some heavy work required here
- the wings are very different and my initial plan to eventually use the Zeke wings to build the outer folding part of the Kate wing is not going to be a piece of kate... oups sorry... a piece of cake ;)
- the front sections of the fuselages (between wind screen and cowling) have nothing in common at all
All in all, this is not too bad! I can not see that project being much more difficult than the Tempest. One major difference still is that I did have loads of documentation, info, data and similar stuff on the Beast and I feel quite "nacked" when the Kate is concerned and especially the cockpit area.

May I ask the community for some help? If any one of you guys may have a 1/48th scale Kate unbuilt, I would really appreciate if you could post a couple of pics of the cockpit parts. Thanks in advance.

I will go and buy 50 kg of sand paper and 10 kg of putty in the next days and I will hopefully be able to start working during the weekend :lol:

I will of course keep you guys updated ;)

Cheers,

Loic


Hi Loic,
I've got a 1/48 Kate and a few books(I don't know where I have put the latter,though :o )....tell me what you want me to do and I'll be happy to help you thru!You're so crazy that you deserve a little help from your fellow members here and a little more from Our Lord....but He'll have to drop everything else to support your crazy project...well...not so crazy after all!
I've got Katie and my canera handy...tell me when you want me to start.....I won't miss this project for the life of me!
Salut
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