Posted 09 May 2009 - 10:46 AM
I was given this kit because it didn't have any decals, so I bought a non-desript 1/48th Ki-43 sheet that looked to have some insignia about the right size.(in a clearance pile no less) Probably have this built before I go to bed tonight, so I'll have the week-end to ponder how it'll be painted. Looks to be a hoot, eh?! Here's what I'm starting with. Got one sheet of line drawings....a clearance rack decal sheet...and an ancient Hasegawa Me-163.
Posted 09 May 2009 - 10:51 AM
Posted 09 May 2009 - 11:16 AM
I have no idea to what extent the J8M1 differs from the Me 163, but it probably doesn't matter much. Once you get the Japanese markings on it, it'll pass for whatever you tell people it is!
Posted 09 May 2009 - 10:02 PM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:35 AM
Whoahhh, see what yuh mean about the 'landing gear' Kev. May have to add some "made in Japan' modifications to beef it up a bit? Hmmm. In the meantime, I've been diddling around with some sub-assemblies and looking at what differences there are between the Me-163 and the J8M1 in a bit more detail. Here's what I've been up to!
Hacked up a pilot from the Hasegawa Ki-43, using the basic body as a 'base'. Not going to show any 'before' pics, as he was in a politically incorrect pose.(eh, Matt? ) So here he is with some extra arms/head/ I had from a previous MasterDetails pilot build, and some putty shaped around the opening of his neck to mimic my version of a Japanese 'protective suit'. (guess the fuels they used had a propensity to melt the pilots if they leaked. Niiiiice.) Just had to 'showboat' around and melt the kit supplied oxygen hose into a shape that actually reached hs mask! heh heh.
Ahhh yes, so it begins. Here's a shot of the famous(infamous) wobbly landing gear. Gotta love it when there isn't even any wheel-wells to detail,....or pesky brake lines to put on. Whoohoo!
Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:43 AM
To get this.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:51 AM
Also noticed that this AC has some cannon barrels that stick outta the front of the wing. Guess they didn't have Mk.108 30mm cannons, so they used some 20's? Sooo....I took some more tubing and sliced it to shape, backing it up with some more card. This will give me something to glue my new barrels to when the time comes to install them.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:54 AM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:08 AM
Here we GO!!! Typical airbase; Japanese home islands...waiting at alert.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:12 AM
Climbing out,....and dropping the dolly.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:17 AM
Whuh oh, got tagged by the lower rear turret gunner....and it's not supposed to be emitting black smoke. Very volatile situation.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:21 AM
And get the heck outta there. Not quite quick enough, as it exploded seconds later and took me out in the fireball. Alas.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:24 AM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:27 AM
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