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About One-Oh-Four

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  • Birthday 11/17/1967

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    Right in the middle of the Netherlands.
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    Large and medium-scale aircraft and military vehicles. IPMS the Netherlands. And -look at the avatar- my Suzuki GSX-R 750. And a whole lot more you aren't (or shouldn't be) interested in! :-)

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  1. Well... The wonderful part up till now is Scott’s work. I’ll see if I can match the quality! The next couple of days I’m afraid I’ll be supporting my oldest son finalizing his history paper he needs to finish to be able to graduate. Interesting topic: How did (the outcome of) the First World War cause the Second World War. The economic, political and German societal (Weimar Republic) causes need to be adressed.
  2. Ey Peter, welcome! It can hardly be called a start but I agree on the info! I’m counting ourselves fortunate that we’ve got access to subject-matter experts! I’m always happy to find WIP’s that not only contain the build itself but also valuable knowledge and documentation. In that way a topic can be very worthwhile even if it so happens that the model under construction doesn’t get finished! Not that I plan something like that, but I know my track-record in that respect....! No pressure, no pressure, no pressure.....!
  3. BTW, are the colors in the ModelArt (I presume) -illustration correct? - Electrical wiring with black isolation (as opposed to white/tan (fabric) isolation that was widely used in the 40's? - Black handles / knobs as opposed to red ones, one sees often - What seems like a metal braided cable for the suspension of the seat. I've always thought it was some kind of off-white / tan elastic? Where was the oxygen connection for the pilot's oxygen mask? I know the O2-control was in front of the stick, but I can't seem to identify a hose connector...
  4. It looks like Flickr won't let you select the location of the image, it just gives a link that doesn't work with the forum. I hope you don't mind that I uploaded the pics to my Fotki...
  5. Wow, Scott, that is GREAT! Gives me plenty of inspiration, not to mention, raises the bar...! But I'll try to be a faithful Padawan, Master!
  6. Yes, please post pics of those rudder pedals! Also, I'd like to see what you've done to the seat? The only thing I can come up with in a hurry is to add 3 lightening holes in the sides...
  7. Oh.... Wow.... That exhaust is really something else! I must have that! As for the cockpit; to my eyes (and with my knowledge) the Aires pit looks quite accurate? Please tell me what needs to be altered or if details need to be / can be added. The Aires set consists of basically extra detailed kit parts. I'm still not sure if I'll use the resin floor and rear bulkhead or if I'll use the kit parts for that, to give the assembly some extra strength. The rear bulkhead shows some warping. Probably easy to fix with some hot water but I have the feeling that the kit part is stronger. The cockpit sides seem to have ondergone a bit of resin shrinkage; the don't immediately fit onto either the resin or the kit cockpit floor. I'll try tonight or tomorrow to get some photos up of the kit- and the resin parts for comparison, for those interested!
  8. As Pete Roberts suggested, I Googled on Melville Zero and indeed found quite a few photos. On the contemporary photos, a lot of aluminium can be seen, the same I noticed on the Imperial War Museum A6M5 cockpit section in the Aero Detail book. I guess that the aotake varnish loses it's color after being years in the open? Anyway; to give everybody a bit of context to the real BII-124: Interesting features are the clearly lighter colored rudder as opposed to the fin and fuselage, the aluminium-colored oil-tank, the red primer under the J3 camouflage paint and the double fuselage bands denoting Hiryū. At this time Sōryū was still the flagship of the 2nd Carrier Division with it's aircraft sporting a single blue fuselage band. The aircraft of Hiryū therefore had two blue fuselage bands. In the month preceding the departure for Midway, Rear-Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi moved his flag to Hiryū since that ship had a larger island/bridge, which made it better suited to house the additional staff. After reading "Shattered Sword" by Jonathan Parsall and Anthony Tully I learned that it still is unsure if the fuselage band markings between the carriers were repainted on all aircraft or not. The authors think that the aircraft maintenance crews on the respective Naval Air Bases probably had enough time to do it. Hasegawa agrees with that conclusion, seeing the markings of Tomonaga's B5N2 "Kate" that he flew from Hiryū on the bombing attack of Midway and the torpedo attack on Yorktown: Anyway, back to BII-124; if I'm not mistaken, the single tailstripe denotes a shotai (section) commander of 3 aircraft in the case of fighters. The pilot when BII-124 was lost was -as Ryan wrote- Petty Officer Hajime Toyoshima, who was captured by indigenous people and handed over to the Australians. In 1944 Toyoshima was killed during an escape attempt from the POW-camp he was held at. To top off; a quick photo of the accessories I bought Saturday. I forgot to mention the Quickboost exhausts. They'll be a limited help; I'll not have to tackle the glue-seam of the stock kit parts, but I do have to deepen the exhausts (as do the Tamiya parts) to make them look realistic.
  9. Scott, thanks for your help, I'm greatly appreciating it! Ryan, please chime in any time you want! If there's something inaccurate about my build, I'd like to know it. Maybe I can't change it anymore (or I'm being just too plan lazy... ) but the knowledge will be here for future modellers that'll try their hand at this kit. On other projects, these build reports where subject expertise was offered, helped me greatly, even years after the model the thread was centered around was completed. That invitation goes for everyone who has knowledge / constructive criticism on my techniques etc. to share. If criticism is brought in a constructive way I'm sure my fragile ego can survive that! I host my photos on Fotki. It's not free, but costs me around 10 Euro a year, so really not expensive. Haven't really looked if there are data-limits or other things to worry about, though. I just had to find a simple, easy to use host where I could keep my photo's ordened in maps etc.
  10. Hi Pete, I wasn’t quite sure of the timeline and movements of Hiryu, but if Matsuyama was lost with this plane on Feb. 19, 1942, the window to model this aircraft (and weather it) is bigger than I hoped for. Between PH and Darwin, Hiryu and it’s (her?) airgroup were quite busy! Wikipedia: While returning to Japan after the attack (on PH - 104), Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, commander of the First Air Fleet, ordered that Sōryū and Hiryū be detached on 16 December to attack the defenders of Wake Islandwho had already defeated the first Japanese attack on the island. ........ The carriers arrived at Kure on 29 December. They were assigned to the Southern Force on 8 January 1942 and departed four days later for the Dutch East Indies. The ships supported the invasion of the Palau Islands and the Battle of Ambon,[20] attacking Allied positions on the island on 23 January with 54 aircraft. Four days later the carriers detached 18 Zeros and 9 D3As to operate from land bases in support of Japanese operations in the Battle of Borneo.[31] Hiryūand Sōryū arrived at Palau on 28 January and waited for the arrival of the carriers Kaga and Akagi. All four carriers departed Palau on 15 February and launched air strikes against Darwin, Australia, four days later. On another note, yesterday at Flanders Modelling Festival, organised by IPMS Antwerp, I bought some goodies for the A6M2 The Aires cockpit set - let’s see if it’s an improvement over the kit parts. Aires wheel wells - mostly for the inner wheel doors. Quickboost pitot - because I’m a lazy pig. Now I don’t have to remove a mold seam. Ah well, it was only a couple of Euro’s so I thought: “What the heck, since I’m already stocking up...” CMK Zero 52 wheels - Originally meant for the Hadegawa kit, they lack tread. That makes them suitable for early-war carrier-based Zeros. Provided the wheel- and tire size didn’t change between the Models 21 and 52... Otherwise I have to make castings of Tamiya’s wheels plus vinyl tires and fill in the tread.... Ugh! HGW stencilling - no decal film.... I repeat...
  11. Oh, interesting! I've read the account (The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron) of B5N-pilot Juzo Mori who flew off Soryu during the Pearl Harbor attack. He relates that after Pearl Harbor they were diverted to assist in the assault on Wake, much to their chagrin, since the other carriers sailed back to Japan.I assumed that it was Soryu and Hiryu since they were in the same carrier division but don't remember exactly.
  12. Thanks for your encouragement Kikka! I’ll just put the bottles in so I know they’re there..... I have already bought the HGW-belts, I suspect they can be draped more naturally than the Eduard PE belts. I’m pondering buying the Zero stencils by HGW. I only hope they make no spelling mistakes in the Kanji as Trumpeter/Kittyhawk sometimes does with English stencilling... Maketar has masks for the kit-schemes, so that problem is already solved! After PH Hiryu and Soryu were diverted to help with the assault on Wake. Assuming that my chosen Zero wasn’t one of the Zero’s lost at PH, I can add a little more weathering. I don’t think the aircraft would be heavily weathered in either case: aircraft were stowed in the hangars on Japanese carriers and didn’t have to endure the rigors of the sea and weather in the Pacific.
  13. Well, I decided to start my Work-In-Progress topic. Not too much to report, but I can't keep postponing it!
  14. I've started my Tamiya A6M2b in my usual snail-like pace... Let's hope that this will be a project that will see completion! I know there are some minor things that need adressing to get this model more accurate. Luckily, the don't concern the shape of the model, but more details because of the workable undercarriage and details thet aren't quite correct for the timeframe and so on. Because I know that a couple of Tweak Lists were published about the A6M5 and A6M2 but couldn't find them I started this thread: Not only will Ryan Toews redo his tweak lists when his family-situation will allow it, this thread contains lots more invaluable info! Check it out! The box art shows the A6M2b of Lt. Saburo Shindo from Akagi of the 2nd wave of the Pearl Harbor attack: I feel particularly drawn to this scheme, though, the Zero of NAP1/C Tsuguo Matsuyama from Hiryu: Sadly, my first results have to be redone, since the double vertical attachment of compressed air bottles on the left fuselage side wasn't found on the A6M2 but rather on the A6M5...! Can it be seen anyway, on the finished model? Looks like the seat rather blocks any view into the aft fuselage! I think copying the single-bottle brackets also found in the Big-Ed set won't be too hard, so a single horizontal set-up should be possible! I already removed the massive plastic brackets Tamiya supplies the bottles with. Now to find out how the equipment on this shelf looked. Tamiya supplies us with something looking like a Sony CD-player and Eduard follows suit. That doesn't mean anything since Eduard states that it supplies extra details but doesn't supply corrections! Cheers, Erik.
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