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A Second Fuji FA-200 AeroSubaru


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I'm just getting a start on Nichimo's 1/20 AeroSubaru and have been pleasantly surprised to see that fellow member MGBooyV8 (Pete) is nearing completion on his version of this rare kit. I plan to steal many of his ideas and observations in building my own. So I'll thank him in advance for helping me to avoid the rough spots.
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My kit unfortunately didn't include the instruction booklet. But I was able to find a few pages photographed by a Japanese blogger. So that helps a little bit.

(Pete, If you're seeing this, a few photographs of your instruction booklet of the cockpit section would be most helpful. Find me at EYJohnny@gmail.com)
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I'm just at the preliminary stages. But since the main gear struts must be installed prior to joining the wings, I did get that much completed.
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I've done a the other two kits in this series, the Cessna and the H-500. But the F-200 kit is hard to find within the US. I was lucky to get this one.

Previous Cessna build (Seen here before)

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Previous H-500 (Not sure if it's been posted here.)
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Hi John,

 

Great that you are also tackling the Fuji now and that you are using my build for inspiration. :)

I hope I do not disappoint you!

 

I have scanned the whole instructions booklet for you.

The build of the cockpit is spread over the instructions. It makes perfect sense if you build the kit as intended:

no painting and installing the fragile windscreen and canopy parts last.

But as we want to fill seams and spray the whole model, this approach is not very useful for us.

I ended up reading back and forth through the instructions.

The pdf file is a bit big, so I will transfer it to your e-mail address via the website WeTransfer.

You will get an email from them (with a message from me) and a download link.

 

I've seen your Cessna 172 and Hughes 500 over here (indeed you posted that too over here).

They are great!

I also have the Cessna and still have to find the Hughes 500.

 

I'm looking forward to the rest of your build. :)

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

 

 

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Many thanks to Peter who very graciously sent me a scanned copy of his instruction manual. This has been a huge help in clarifying where some of the smaller parts need to go.


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Getting enough weight in the nose is also a challenge with Nichimo's Cessna kit. So every space forward of the main wheel will need some extra mass.
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The door will need some trimming before it's a perfect fit. But I wanted to have as much of the interior visible as possible.
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Just as Peter did with his Aero Subaru, more lead is hidden under the floor.
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If you've never used the Infini tape cutting board, it's pretty neat. The black grid lines are actually channels cut into the surface which serves to guide the blade. I've never seen a better tool for producing consistent tape strips.
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Hi John,

 

Very good progress!

You probably have already found out that you need to extend the luggage floor if you open the luggage hatch. ;)

I like the way the seats look, very nice that two-tone upholstery with the piping. :goodjob:
 

Cheers,

 

Peter

 

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Thanks for watching. Update:

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Baggage area enclosed.
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The "avionics" included with the kit are representitive of very old radios from about 1960. I've at least brought the new panel into the mid-70's by stealing castings taken from the 1/20 Cessna panel, which has newer style radios.

Resin panel (tan) vs kit panel (black).
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If there's an empty space forward of the main gear, we should add weight to that space.
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Hi John,

 

Good progress and nice upgrades!

You are right about the radio stack.

A good suggestion to copy them from the panel of the Cessna. I didn't  think of it.

Anyway, it is too late now for me and as my subject Fuji currently has modern radio's, nobody knows what was installed in the past. :P

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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