Good work, Ray! Thanks for the database updates.
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Posted 26 June 2016 - 07:01 AM
OK, got a little more work done. Plus some time researching the interior. It appears that Dave did release this as a full kit at one time as the interior detail doesn't totally jive with the Craftworks version. Dave mastered the interior structure with open C-channel, while the Craftworks kit is done as solid box members. My A5M4-K kit was all Dave as it does match - and the lower fuselage has a longer cockpit well so he definitely had different sets of masters. Anyway, here is the A5M2b Early fuselage (Grey, to the left) vs the Craftworks A5M4 kit (tan, to the right):
Referring to the Maru Mechanic issue on the Claude from the 80's, it appears the Craftworks kit was closer to the real thing. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't doubt Craftworks when they re-worked the masters referred to this book. The SH kit also has a similar structure. So off with the channels.
Also need to carve out the area of the firewall to be able to fit the area in front of the instrument panel, where the two MG's are located. And some filling of bubbles!
Posted 30 June 2016 - 07:44 PM
I am jumping for joy to see this build, Ray!
I had one of Dave's 2b early kits, as well as a K trainer, but ended up selling/trading them. One of the big issues with the kit that I had was that there were no canopy parts for it. I wasn't even aware that one was ever mastered! If I recall, Dave told me that there was something like a dozen of these kits made. Maybe less.
CAN'T WAIT to see more!
Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:16 PM
Awesome build, Ray. I have one or two old Craftworks kits floating around deep in the back of the stash as well... I might even have this one.
I'm looking forward to seeing this get built, as it'll be a real treat.
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