Author Topic: Tamiya 1/32 A6M2 Zero  (Read 5740 times)

June 15, 2010, 08:25:02 PM
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I wanted to build something that was out of my comfort zone. I've had this in my stash for a couple of years. I actually put the fuselage halves together like a year ago. Now I'm trying to clean things out and make room, I figured it was time to finish this and get it off of my desk. I'm building it oob, to get some experience with these. I have another one I will probably build after I get this one done. I got a bunch of extra parts for that one :D

Here is where it's at right now-


I already painted the cockpit and engine. I think the engine is painted wrong, I read somewhere that the instructions say to paint it wrong. Who cares for this one. The cowlings are going to be glued in place and most of the engine won't be seen.




I tried to get pics of the cockpit, but they didn't trun out to good. I'll try again later.
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June 18, 2010, 03:35:47 AM
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The engine looks fine to me - good start!

June 21, 2010, 07:54:38 PM
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Thank you 8)

Small update.

I got the first layer of primer on, Mr. Surfacer 1200.



There are a few areas that need attention-




While I was replacing rivets on the right wing, it decided to split right down the seam :angry:


Kind of hard to see in that pic, I had to reglue and refill the seam.  :meh:
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June 23, 2010, 10:08:43 AM
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Nice kit, the scribing looks great.
The engine is a pretty impressive piece.

June 24, 2010, 07:57:48 PM
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^^^ Thank you. I was going to glue the cowlings in place, but I'm rethinking that now. There is a little bit of work to do on the rear half of it.

Started painting the exterior today.




It's a 50/50 mix of semi-gloss black and deep sea blue enamels. It looks straight black in the pics, but there is a hint of blue.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to get the preshading done or atleast started. This is the part I've been looking forward to for a while now. The areas that needed work are done, I hope. There is one area on the belly that doesn't want to cooperate, but I think I got it fixed.

More to come.
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June 26, 2010, 04:51:58 AM
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Is it Tamiya or Hasegawa ?

June 26, 2010, 01:17:26 PM
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It's the Tamiya kit. I have a Hasegawa kit, but it's not near as nice as this one. I am going to build it to test paint colors and chipping techniques before I get to the other Tamiya Zero.

Preshading done-


I wiped the whole thing down with a polishing cloth before I started the preshading. I used Model Masters Burnt Umber. After the paint had dried for a bit, I wiped down the whole plane again.

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June 26, 2010, 09:09:54 PM
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Paint-



Starting to look like a plane now :D

The paint is a mix of 20 parts SAC Bomber Tan, 11 parts Flat white and .9 parts Green Zinc Chromate enamels.
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June 28, 2010, 04:37:35 PM
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Engine complete-

Here is the rear of the engine, never to be seen again :lol:




Here it is mounted-


Colings in place-



I'm having a lot of fun with this. I haven't completed and aircraft in a long time.
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June 28, 2010, 06:03:24 PM
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Wow  looks awesome so far.  Nice detail on the engine pity there isn't a compartment that can be opened to show the details.

June 30, 2010, 06:17:13 PM
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Thank you. I'll figure out ways on the next one to show the detail. This one is giving me good ideas on how to do it.

Here are some more pics, I got the rear decking painted.







I might actually finish a WIP post :D
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June 30, 2010, 07:11:17 PM
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Wow loads of details in the guages.  Looking forward to the finale.

July 01, 2010, 04:54:48 AM
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Hey MZ,

This looks so good.  I can appreciate you guys who do military subjects, the details are fantastic.  Do have any WIP on how you do the cockpit?  I have a few plane kits but don't know how to do things like the cockpit and wheel wells and such.
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July 01, 2010, 10:52:25 AM
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I don't have a WIP for the cockpit, but I'm going to start the next Zero very soon and I'll do one for that. It's actually pretty easy.
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July 04, 2010, 01:28:28 PM
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Very cool cockpit, how did you make the belt?

July 04, 2010, 05:19:15 PM
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The belts are from the kit. They are like stickers, you have to cut them out and add some photo etched parts to them. I had to darken them a little bit to make them look better, they were way to bright.

I have finished the cockpit, all the little parts that had to wait until this point to be attached-



And I started the part the canopy. This is the part that I've been dreading, canopies have always given me trouble over the years.




I have sprayed a couple of layers of Future on the kit, letting it sit for a few days to cure before I start the decals and weathering.
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July 05, 2010, 05:43:54 PM
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Started decals today.....


And naturally, there was a problem....


I got the decal on, applied Microsol, let it dry and found that there seemed to be something under the decal. I removed the decal, destroying it, and there was nothing there :meh:

So I only have one "sun" left, I will probably just use 2 other ones from another kit. Hopefully they will be close enough to the size and color of the kit decals.
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July 05, 2010, 06:05:15 PM
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I have that happen to with a decal.  If I only have one or 2 of that particular decal I can usually hide any tiny bumps with my flat coat.  If it were gong to be glossy then I would have to either take it off and put a different one off or if I am lucky I can very carefully use a new blade in my hobby knife and pull back a small part of the decal, get what was ever under it, lay it back down and re microsol.  I did that with a few of my my Kshatryia decals and you can't even tell.
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July 05, 2010, 06:51:56 PM
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I tried to lift it and remove whatever was there, thats when it originally ripped. It was just too soft.

I was looking at the decal, I think I might be able to use it. When I took it off, I put it into the water I had right there. I think I can get it to work. It will be on the underside of the wing, so it won't be seen easily if it looks bad. I already put it on and started to soak it with microsol. It will need just a little paint, there are some areas where the decal is gone. If it doesn't work, I already have backups.
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July 06, 2010, 06:50:36 PM
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Very cool project so far! So many great details.