Tamiya A6M5 Zero
Posted 08 November 2008 - 12:21 PM
At least 1000X better than the one I did. You're really making me want to have another go at one of these outstanding kits!
Posted 08 November 2008 - 01:38 PM
Posted 09 November 2008 - 10:22 AM
Anyway, another update while I'm on a roll. Firewall, oil tank and cowl guns in place:
The kit instructions say flat aluminium for the firewall (and other areas), whereas most builds of this kit (and other Zeros) that I've followed would have it Aotake or interior green. For the sake of not straining my brain, and keeping to the spirit of OOB, I decided just to do whatever Tamiya tells me too. I'm sure the straps for the oil tank should be some other colour too, but I wouldn't know what, so I've left it. The only modification I've made to the kit parts is to drill out the end of the gun barrels to something more convincing than the dimples Tamiya provides.
Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:23 PM
Outstanding craftsmanship as aways.Keep up the good work.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:32 AM
These photos really don't do it justice - it looks amazing inside the fuselage. I wish every kit was like this!
Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:09 PM
Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:48 PM
Any new progress pics, eh Kevin? Uhhh,..... KEVIN! Hellooooo! Heh heh, I think he heard me.
There has been some minor progress Russ, but nothing photo-worthy. I haven't had much modelling time in the last week or so. I'll need to get a wiggle on though, or I'll miss the deadline!
Posted 19 November 2008 - 09:53 PM
Posted 23 November 2008 - 09:53 AM
While the fit was pretty good, there are still some minor visible joins in the area that will have to be addressed. The rudder actually attaches to the fin via photo-etched hinges connected to a metal rod inside the rudder. It's completely moveable, and yet completely to scale! Amazing engineering.
Here's the engine mount:
I've now got to figure out how best to mask the cowl guns and mounting ring so I can lay down some aotake on the front piece. Shoulda painted that bit first I guess...
I've been working on the wings in the meantime:
Also painted up the wheel wells:
Posted 23 November 2008 - 10:01 AM
Posted 23 November 2008 - 12:04 PM
Glad you're showing a lot of build-up pics. Going gah-gah at how well Tamiya molded their parts, and how it's engineered to go together. Very cool. Can't wait to see how this wing/ landing gear goes together. Looking GOOD! Russ
Posted 23 November 2008 - 12:27 PM
Posted 29 November 2008 - 10:20 AM
Here they are from underneath:
Rear view of the wing assembly, with what the instructions describe as 'battery':
And finally a view from the front:
Both major sub-assemblies (fuse/wings) are now close to being ready to be joined together. I've got the engine mostly done too, but photos of that next time.
Thanks for looking!
Posted 29 November 2008 - 10:24 AM
I haven't had much modelling time lately, but I've managed to move things on a bit. I've mostly been working on the wings, and they certainly are a challenge. Actually, it's the wheel bays and associated doors that will have you going cross-eyed. The undercarriage doors are hinged much like the real thing, using stainless steel wire, and these hinges need to be captured by the wheel bays as you (carefully!) glue them into position. I had bits shooting off everywhere, but eventually won out.
Yes indeed! Those darn wire bits will have you wishing for four hands by the time you get them in right! Had me speaking in partial phrases.. How the...? What do I...? Holy...!
They sure do look the part (and function, too!) when done though. Watch out for the little outer doors. They'll haunt you if you break one off from this stage while moving the model around for painting, etc.
Good to see you making some headway! (Wish I could say the same...)
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