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Postby Mark » Thu May 12, 2016 11:00 am

As some of you may know, I have just moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong, and I'm in temporary accommodation while trying to find a permanent place to live. Therefore, I don't have much in the way of modelling equipment or space :cry: However, I have got the Jasmine Models Etched Ho-229 to keep me occupied in the evenings.

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To say this is fiddly is an understatement. The engines are a nightmare, but more on those later.
This is what you get.

2 sheets of very thin (5 thou or 0.14mm) nickel steel packed full of parts, and a small bag of resin parts painted silver. The quality of the etched parts is superb. The resin parts are a little on the crude side. The guns are virtually unusable as the barrels aren't straight and one was broken. I'm sure Jasmine would have replaced the broken one if asked, but I haven't bothered as I shall leave those off. Mine is one of the unarmed prototypes ;) The resin U/C is OK, but not brilliant.

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The instructions are mainly pictorial, with a few notes written in both Chinese and English. The instructions are OK, but do leave a little to the imagination at times. I am, by and large, assuming that the parts should be fitted in numerical order, to at least ascending order. However, lots of dry fits and trial assembly are highly recommended.

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Thu May 12, 2016 11:34 am

This is as far as I've got with the engines.

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The instructions say to install part 48 (the induction fairing, see the previous post) before part 8, which is the front set of turbine blades. What they really mean is install part 48 first, as it has to go in before any of the fan blades..... Luckily I spotted this before gluing more that the first blade (part 1) in !! I managed to wriggle it past that. The fan blades are almost impossible. They locate with slots in the blades fitting in slots in the housing. This means that the housing needs to spread slightly, so it's worth only gluing the blade no the bottom edge for now. They are incredibly difficult to get in position, and even harder to make them stay in position while you apply some of Paul's favourite, Superglue. Actually, the way the engines are going, mine might end up as a very early mock-up without engines fitted :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby snapdragon » Thu May 12, 2016 11:47 am

Now if this was available in 1/32 and I could integrate it with ZM's Horten..... :idea:
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Thu May 12, 2016 2:05 pm

snapdragon wrote:Now if this was available in 1/32 and I could integrate it with ZM's Horten..... :idea:


It isn't, and you couldn't :laughing-rolling:

Seriously, there isn't much in here that would improve the ZM Horten. Wing ribs perhaps, but that's about it. There isn't much flat sheet on a Ho-229, it's mainly tubular.
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby number1 » Thu May 12, 2016 4:48 pm

Blimy Mark, your always up for a challenge! Good luck with this one :clap:
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby chill » Thu May 12, 2016 4:54 pm

Do you not value your sanity :)
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Thu May 12, 2016 5:25 pm

Straight jacket at the ready :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby casper » Fri May 13, 2016 3:11 am

chill wrote:Do you not value your sanity :)

:laughing-rolling: :clap:
great looking kit Mark, I would have a lot less hair after attempting this build. You have the patience of a saint my friend :)
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Mon May 16, 2016 6:02 am

Managed to get this far with the engines !!

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Mon May 16, 2016 3:40 pm

On to the fuzz. These are the three main parts.

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A bit of careful bending and a little superglue, and another part that I didn't put in the photo above, and you get this !!
Surprisingly, this lot went together relatively easily.

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This is what the instructions show,

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...and this is what I ended up with. Pretty close. It would have been easier to fit part 20 before part 18, but it went together OK after a fair bit of fiddling, and some language that made me glad my daughter wasn't in the same room !!

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This is the fuz just about completed.

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This part was impossible to fit !! It's got small slots in each end, which fit into slots in the bottom of the tail. The slots are all just the right length, so there is no chance to fit it whatsoever. I ended up cutting away half of one slot so I could get the part to drop into place, then spent ages trying to straighten it and the fuz where it had got bent while I tried to fit it :angry-banghead:

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby casper » Tue May 17, 2016 4:31 am

looking good Mark :)
always wanted to try one of these kits but never got round to it.
can I ask how big the main wing is
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Tue May 17, 2016 11:26 am

Thanks Casper. The wing span is 233mm according to the back of the packet, so it's a reasonable sized model. 128 parts in total, and at least 100 of those are too small to pick up without tweezers :angry-banghead: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby steve131 » Tue May 17, 2016 6:33 pm

8-) Starting to look like a Horton now.
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Thu May 19, 2016 5:53 am

Thanks Steve. It's coming on nicely.

I've got all the fan blades in the engines now. For some reason the rear most fan (the one on its own) on one of the engines just kept falling out. Superglue remedied that :twisted:

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Mon May 30, 2016 6:01 am

Moving to the pointy end, this is the part for the pilot's seat.

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which folds up like this. Surprisingly, not too difficult

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Then the main part of the cockpit

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which folds around the seat

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And fits on the front of the model (well, where else would it go :laughing-rolling:

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The next job is the undercarriage. It's all slowing down a little as the u/c is a right pain, and the rest of the engines seem to be impossible........
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby snapdragon » Mon May 30, 2016 11:20 pm

I'll stick with ZM's Horten.. looks like less of a pain to deal with!

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Tue May 31, 2016 5:32 am

Thanks James. The ZM version will certainly be easier to handle !! This one bends if you aren't careful when you pick it up !!

Incidentally, I also have the Jasmine F6F Hellcat, which looks to be quite challenging !!
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby Mark » Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:46 am

Front wheel done !! The wheel and main leg was easy enough, but the actuating lever which is both resin parts and etched parts was a bit of a pain.

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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby steve131 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:36 pm

Looking good,
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Re: Jasmine Horton Ho-229

Postby baby_astons » Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:09 pm

yes indeed, nice progress on the little one...
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