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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks John! Thanks Ron! It was an enjoyable build!
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks guys!
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks guys!
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    Hornet vs. Super Hornet?

    It's obvious. Get them both! Mark
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks guys! The camo scheme was painted freehand. First I did the overall gray for the undersides, then freehanded the topsides base coat of light gray/RLM02 mix. The instructions call the color Cement Gray, giving the Vallejo paint code 71045 to be used for the topside and underside but the photos in the instructions seemed to show a different shade for the upper. I went to the internet where (again!) no consensus was reached but quite a few indicated that the upper gray had a light olive tint by mixing in RLM02. After that I started freehanding the green (lozenges? blobs?). I used my Tamiya airbrush with the air pressure turned down so far I couldn't read the pressure in the gauge - I just test sprayed until I got the lightest and finest pattern I could, and thinned the heck out of the paint so it flowed well with minimum spatter. Next came my secret weapon! As I have advanced in age I have started suffering from the usual maladies, one being my near vision sucks without using cheaters. I have found that if I double up (wear two pair simultaneously) the strongest (+3.00) cheaters I can get really close to the surface and also have a great magnification effect. So I spent about 4 hours total - with breaks in between - with the surface about 9 inches or so away and just advanced my way across with the green. That way I could see up close as I was feathering the edges and could get a good soft demarcation along the color boundaries. The hardest part was trying to maintain a fairly consistent yet random green blob size while keeping consistent spacing for the underlying color "ribbon". Several times I had to stop because it's easy to get in a hurry. After I finished I celebrated with an adult beverage or two! Cheers, Mark
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks Shawn! Your naming of the camo wins the prize! Thanks Kurt!
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks Eric! Thanks Bill! Otsukaresama desu Thanks Kev! Thanks Lud!
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks Brian! You will love it! Thanks Jan! I'm nowhere near your skill level for sure, yours is looking fantastic too. The short nose version has some interesting paint schemes too, can't wait to try that. Thanks Jeff!
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Thanks Mike! Thanks Dude! Thanks Ray! I'm thinking the scheme resembles Godzilla with varicose veins
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    Zoukei Mura Ki-45 up for preorder at SB

    Completed and ready for viewing: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/78811-zm-ki-45-toryu-nick/ Otsukaresama desu! Mark san
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Final pics: In conclusion, this was a very enjoyable build! It helped reset my modeling mojo after the Fly Hurricane. Now I think I will tackle the SH F-80! Cheers, Mark
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    More pics: Cockpit pics to follow.
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    ZM Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

    Hi guys, Well, here she (he?) is! I picked up the kit in Tokyo right after they were available and, uncharacteristically for me, I decided I just had to build it. I gotta say, what a fantastic kit! The engineering, molding, detail and fit is superb. I only had two areas that, due to operator error (me ) I had to trim a little for fit, otherwise it falls together with no fuss, no drama. The kit comes with duplicate parts trees for the fuselage, wing and nacelle components in both clear and gray plastic. I opted to use the gray - supposedly by buying a few extra sprues another aircraft could be built from the leftover parts but I'm not going there in this post. I only found one boo-boo - the wingtip nav light lenses in the clear sprue are molded frosted, whereas I think they probably should have been clear (I know, that obviously renders the kit unbuildable but I pressed on and - voila! ). Disclaimer: that was a joke . I did a little interwebs research before applying paint for the interior/cockpit color and found every opinion under the sun! The range seemed to narrow from light brown or khaki through various shades of green to black. Well, that narrowed it down! Of course I'm trying to lock down the color researching on my phone while I'm standing in front of the paint rack at the hobby store (where all the paints are labeled in Japanese!), but there seemed to be a favored consensus of Khaki Green. Hey, there's a bottle right there! (Mr. Color 54). Of course, right next to it is Khaki and I didn't discover until I got home that I liked khaki better. Darn. Not really interested in a return 2 hour train ride, so I just used the KG. There's another Nick being built in the WIP section and you can really see the difference. I should have used Khaki, but too late now! The rest of the paint is a mix of Tamiya and Mr. Color, the exterior undersides are an eyeball approximation mixed starting from IJN Gray and the topsides are IJN gray shaded with RLM02, The green is RLM83. I did some subtle weathering but as usual, my photography can't seem to show that very well. Decals are from the kit, and a note here. The kit offers two build/marking options. I wanted the early version with separate exhausts and open rear cockpit but the color scheme for that one is overall dark green. I wanted the camo (lizard? salamander? Gorn? Godzilla?) scheme, so I went ahead and did that. Okay, enough talking, on the the pics: More images to follow, Cheers, Mark san
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    Zoukei Mura Ki-45 up for preorder at SB

    Not saying the kit has fit issues at all. I found two areas: one nacelle side tab didn't fit well into it's slot but that can most likely be attributed to operator (assembler ) error on my part. Second was the instrument panel glareshield, which Jan also mentioned he had to trim the part to fit. I think I have figured out why and will check it against the remaining fuselage parts I have (the clear ones). Again it may be an error on my part. My comparison of ZM to Tamiya comes from my experience with Tamiya parts fit, which (IMHO!) can have tolerances which are so tight that the parts will not fit if pre-painted. Far cry from some other manufacturers where we have grown to assume that open panels will need to be shimmed to fit closed, etc. I have the ZM Ho229 also, though I have not yet started on it, as well as all the other ZM kits, some in multiples. Every one I have built has been a joy. Oct.?? Holy moly!! Cheers, Mark
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    Zoukei Mura Ki-45 up for preorder at SB

    Not sure what the expectation for above "average" would be, but I've got mine to the decal and finishing stage and have to say it approaches Tamiya level engineering and fit. I had to trim maybe two pieces for fit and had basically no flash. Not sure where any of the ejector pin issues were, I don't remember having a problem. I'm nowhere near JanG level of skill but look for mine in the RFI section in a few days. Mark
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