The Roden O-2A Skymaster for your enjoyment. Build in a tiny hotel room in Tokyo where I have been staying temporarily during training (I'm normally based in Narita). When I say tiny I'm not kidding! This entire room is smaller than the main cabin on my sailboat! So apologies for the background - not much to work with, and the pics are from my phone so not the best. I'm transporting the model tomorrow back to Narita so if it survives I'll try for better pics.
An integral part of simulator training is stress reduction. Some guys drink, I build models! Unfortunately the Roden O-2A might have added a little to the stress instead of reducing it! All in all it's an ok but frankly they did a better job on the O-1. Lots of fit issues with the clear pieces, especially the windscreen. That took several days of gluing a section at a time then adding strip styrene to fill gaps because the windscreen is wider than the assembled fuselage. Strangely the wing fit better after I widened the fuselage too. Of course then the upper window didn't fit, etc., etc. To be fair for a limited run kit its not too bad but it might serve Roden to actually test build a kit before sending them out the door!
Built OOB because when I left the states with it the AOA decals and SAC gear had not come out yet but in the end I didn't need them. I did cut a channel and add stiff wire to the main gear - a definite must or use the SAC gear, because by the time you add enough weight for it to sit on the nose gear the mains will not support the plane! I added Finemolds seat belts, jury still out on them. I used most of the kit decals and kinda homogenized a typical line bird. I know there was an uproar about mispelled words on a few decals (resque!) but strangely I never found a pic of an O-2 that used that type of stencil.
Paints are a mix of custom Tamiya and Mr. Color. I couldn't find ADC Grey 16473 so had to mix it and I think I didn't get it light enough. Too late! Most of the photos I found didn't show much weathering and lots of pics of really clean (probably restored) airframes, so no weathering, mostly because the weathering products here in Japan, though numerous, are all labeled in Japanese! That's gonna take some more research and experimentation.
I do have another O-2 in the stash but I have plans for it - civilian 337!
On to the plane:
More to follow
Edited by b757captain, 19 April 2018 - 01:05 PM.