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1/48 Tamiya Ki-61 Id Hien

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#31 LSP_Kevin


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:05 AM

Brilliant work, John! You're really turning this into something special.



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Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:07 AM


   That looks really good!  I like the details you've shared with us.  I keep having to remind myself that the rivets are yours.



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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:39 AM

Just when you thought it was safe to dabble in 48 scale....no shortage of skills here John.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 03:57 PM

Thanks guys!  The work on the Hien continues.  I've attached the front and rear canopy pieces.  Since the canopy will be posed open and the sliding canopy does not fit in a closed position, I've masked the cockpit opening with tape.





The radiator intake box on the bottom has been completed.





The wheels are keyed into the landing gear struts.  Being of fixed position, the flat spots on the tires needed to be in the correct location.  I dry fit the landing gear components and then set the wheels down on wet spots of paint to locate the flat spots.







The wheels were rubbed on a sheet of sandpaper taped to a piece of flat glass to achieve the flat spots.




I'll be working on the landing gear components a bit before I move on to painting of the airframe.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 09:21 PM


I dry fit the landing gear components and then set the wheels down on wet spots of paint to locate the flat spots.


Hah!  That's a great idea.  I never thought of that... I normally just guessed (sometimes poorly).  I hope I remember that trick the next time I need to flatten keyed wheels.  I imagine it's a multi-step process so you keep the flat spot where it needs to be.

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