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Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo


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25 minutes ago, themongoose said:

You could make a paint booth and use it to make the vent pipe…:DodgeBall:

 

I paint outside...   So, not really a consideration...   but thanks anyway.

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1 hour ago, Gazzas said:

now, wtf do I do with all of this shiny tape?

 

It might not be completely wasted, Gaz. In the photo below, which I realise is not completely clear, I used this kind of tape to form the fairing (on the rudder) for the trim tab actuator:

 

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Haven't used it since, mind you, but that's more to do with how little modelling I do these days, than anything else.

 

Kev

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2 minutes ago, LSP_Kevin said:

 

It might not be completely wasted, Gaz. In the photo below, which I realise is not completely clear, I used this kind of tape to form the fairing (on the rudder) for the trim tab actuator:

 

2QWFTT.jpg

 

Haven't used it since, mind you, but that's more to do with how little modelling I do these days, than anything else.

 

Kev

 

Thank you for that, Kev!  A great idea as it is much stickier than my usual foil.  I'm trying some other stuff with it, too.  But at least now I have at least one reason not to bin it.

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  • 2 weeks later...

IN the limited time I have had to devote to this model, I've foiled most of the cowl.  Each panel is a complex shape requiring many tiny little strokes...

 

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I'm waiting on some plastic tube to allow me to add the new guns...   more on that in the future....

 

I have polished the cowl with aluminum polish bought at a car parts store...   the same stuff used to polish aluminum rims....

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The first roll of foil I ever used on a model seemed so superior to every roll I have used since.  Either that, or I have lost my touch.

 

I will have to do each cowl flap separately.  But they won't be very difficult as they aren't complex shapes.

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If you're one of those guys who have to paint the interior of your cowls and get all of that hidden stuff painted up and weathered nicely...   perhaps foil isn't for you.

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Overlap is very important.  The cement you are using is only a form of white glue with dubious strength.  You can trim off some of these bits later just before you add them to the rest of the model.  But you don;t want to be lifting the edges...   it's just more stuff to fix.

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That looks really nice! I've used stretchable foam-backed vinyl to make door cards for my camper van conversion, those overlaps remind me of that... everywhere where I had too little overlap that stuff would come off or it would have bubbles in it.

Sharp work, although I can see it's not something I would have fun doing myself... ;)

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That cowling looks stunning! Really, really nice.

 

Now on the topic of trim tab actuators... every single kit of the Ki-44 has omitted the elevator trim tab actuator, as has just about every drawing. But the Ki-44 definitely had them, so they will need to be scratch built. Turns out it's just about impossible to find a decent picture of one. I've compiled a few of the least-unclear pics I could find. Best look at Ki-43s to get the idea, as that one has a pretty similar setup.

 

ki-44_elevator_trim_tab_actuator.png

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7 hours ago, jeroen_R90S said:

That looks really nice! I've used stretchable foam-backed vinyl to make door cards for my camper van conversion, those overlaps remind me of that... everywhere where I had too little overlap that stuff would come off or it would have bubbles in it.

Sharp work, although I can see it's not something I would have fun doing myself... ;)

 

Thank you.  It's really not so difficult once you accept that you will have to do some panels multiple times.  And the cost is actually pretty cheap.

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4 hours ago, Skyraider3D said:

That cowling looks stunning! Really, really nice.

 

Now on the topic of trim tab actuators... every single kit of the Ki-44 has omitted the elevator trim tab actuator, as has just about every drawing. But the Ki-44 definitely had them, so they will need to be scratch built. Turns out it's just about impossible to find a decent picture of one. I've compiled a few of the least-unclear pics I could find. Best look at Ki-43s to get the idea, as that one has a pretty similar setup.

 

ki-44_elevator_trim_tab_actuator.png

 

Thank you!  It's such a tiny detail, I can't even see it other than a tiny black triangle shape.  And I don't imagine it will be seen once the model is built.  There is so much seemingly unknown about this aircraft.  I wonder if a full set of factory drawings exist in some dusty archive.  The trim tab is much further out in the center of each elevator...  I wonder how that setup actually works.

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58 minutes ago, Gazzas said:

It's such a tiny detail, I can't even see it other than a tiny black triangle shape.

It's a bit more than a tiny triangle, but it was indeed painted black! :)

Here is the same thing on a Ki-43. I hope this clarifies things and confirms it's hopefully worth adding.

NB. On the Ki-44 the triangle is usually standing proud, so I think it was connected to the middle or upper of the three holes.

ki-43_elevator_trim_tab_actuator.jpg

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