Tamiya A6M5 Zero
Posted 15 September 2008 - 11:55 AM
Some of you will be aware of my ongoing rebuild of the Revell Zero in the Members' Builds forum. Those of you who were aware that I had the Tamiya example in the stash have been quietly questioning my sanity, and extending the odd subtle prod in its direction. Well, the Tamiya kit and this Group Build were made for each other, so out it comes. But, a part of me is fully aware that once I've tasted Tamiya, it'll be difficult reverting to Revell. So, I've decided to resurrect the Revell build and attempt to build them in tandem. This, along with my Sea Venom for the Carrier Aircraft GB, should be enough to kill me by year's end.
Anyway, a couple of obligatory box shots to get things rolling.
This is without doubt one of the best plastic kits I've ever seen, narrowly pipping the Trumpeter 262 for best in stash. Those of you who know my builds will already be aware that I have the skills and temperament to make it seem like something from Combat. Stay tuned and pack your F-words - I'll be bringing mine!
Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:02 PM
I think you'll find that it has very little fight in it so the F-bombs will be few and far between. The little metal springs for the LG doors can be tricky but beyond that it just jumps together. The only worry I have for you with this build is that it's so nice and easy that you might lose interest! You do seem to like a challenge after all....
Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:45 PM
Man I know this is going to be great.That's one Fantastic kit you've picked for the GB.I hope to see progress posted here in the near future.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:10 AM
More soon...with photos!
Posted 03 November 2008 - 04:39 AM
Anyway, still working on the cockpit:
At this stage I just need to finish the detail painting, get a gloss coat on, and then do the wash, followed by a flat coat and some dry brushing.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:55 PM
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:42 PM
Russ - not sure how much you'll see in the end, so I haven't bothered with washes and dry brushing for the stuff inside the fuselage. Cockpit has had the treatment though, and is looking quite good. It has taken me days of work to get there however, as the Tamiya cockpit has more parts than the entire Revell kit!
Matt - it's a great kit, no doubt. Probably one of the best scale model aircraft kits ever produced. Parts count and engineering seem daunting at first, but so far everything has just snapped together. Even the bits I've broken off have slotted right back into place.
More photos soon.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:56 PM
Sure is fun to put together though!
Great work Kev!
Posted 08 November 2008 - 04:59 AM
The IP builds itself and gives incredible results:
The cockpit itself snaps together without any problems, despite the amazing detail and high parts-count:
It's taken me over a week to paint, weather and assemble that lot!
Posted 08 November 2008 - 11:45 AM
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