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Postby steve131 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:06 pm

:clap: Great work Snaps 8-)
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Mark » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:35 pm

The panel looks superb James. Great job.
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby number1 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:17 pm

Great job snaps :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby snapdragon » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:53 pm

The cockpit area is at last finished and I am moving on.

However, there is a snag! The tail wheel assembly has gone MIA which prevents me putting both sides of the fuselage together. I am searching for it and have emailed ZM to see if there is a replacement Sprue L available for me to get hold of ASAP.

In the meantime, I can at least work on the right wing, including painting etc for which you can see in the photos, the fuel tanks and wing skin dry fitted. I do have the right wing root upper part to dry fit and then paint to make sure that everything fits with no gaps.

My tests with the clear varnishes have not worked out and no matter what I use I just cannot get a clear undistorted see through area! so I will stay with the frosted look!

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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Morris » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:27 am

Awesome SD :clap:
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby snapdragon » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:54 pm

Thanks, Morris.

After careful consideration and consultation with the instructions and dry fitted parts, I can, so long as I leave the tail assembly off carry on with the build as there is enough room and access to the rear compartment where the tailwheel fixes! :dance:

This also gives me the opportunity to work on some masks for the tail for the upper surface camouflage and tail design decal, which is quite large as well as the fuselage insignia etc.

more shortly, chaps!
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby steve131 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:02 pm

Excellent work ,hope you get tail wheel sorted.
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby number1 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:23 pm

As above, excellent work.
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby snapdragon » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:20 pm

Carrying on, time to get the fuselage together.

ZM have informed me that a new replacement sprue is on the way. Given it is Christmas time I have no idea on just how long it will take!

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The fit is excellent and to date no filler has been needed at all. However, they do suggest ion the manual that a complete dry fit of the exterior fuselage parts are done to make sure there is no fit problem. I have been doing that for some time and in places it practically clicks into place, in other places a bit of masking tape is needed until the glue sets to make sure that the two halves are joined together properly. It is starting to look like an aircraft!

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Fuel tanks are permanently installed

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As recommended by the manual, a dry fit on the wings and the wing fillets to make sure that everything is tight.... this is a dry fit and there are no gaps in the fillet and mount. it it tight and spot on!

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BOTH SIDES!

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undercart housing detail. Tubing done with Vallejo rubber tyre colour.

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Here would be a 20mm mount, but not in this version, so.....

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No need for the clear part or all the detail.

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putting the back onto the aircraft. it drops into place at the tail, but is a very tight fit where the parachute is. Both the clear and grey versions are the same. I am not sure if I have the fit right along the fuselage. There will be a close inspection in proper daylight to see if any further work is needed. It is a big part and there might have been a tiny bit of shrinkage on that seam on both sides. It also might just want some paint into that bit to hide it more!

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Dry fitting the tail. This will remain off until the tail wheel is installed and the camo and artwork done. There are also some parts to add too.

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Nose and part of upper canopy dry fitted. The masking shows where it will be left clear.

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View of cockpit.

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Next is the lower wings and I also have to prime and paint the undercart, nacells flaps etc! Lots to do!
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Morris » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:35 pm

all of that detail in the business offce is something I could look at for awhile - great stuff SD - K given
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby steve131 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:30 pm

Awesome model love the wing fit ,they could teach Airfix and thing or two. 8-)
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby snapdragon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:21 pm

Here's another update.

The oil tanks are fitted

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The lower wings are added to the wing spars and add more detail to the undercarriage bay. it does look sparce, but by doing the moulded lines in tyre black all of a sudden it looks busier. There is space to add extra detail if you have access to the relevant sources and what would be nice is to add the oil lines that would connect up to the firewall and coolers.

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The undercart nacelles and doors are painted/masked

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The undercarriage structure is painted and a dry fit on both sides is done prior to detail painting.

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Nacelle dry fit. the mounting holes in the wings were widened down the long axis just a fraction as they wouldn't drop into place. it just took a scrape with a sharp blade and the sides dropped into the holes and were a snug fit. This was done on both sides.

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with these kind of kits that are chock full of detail the fit of parts is usually very tight and snug as that is how they are engineered and with every ZM kit I have done you are always test and dry fitting without paint and with paint and along with the instructions learning how the parts connect and all about the aircraft and the airframe etc.

At this point I used spare fuselage parts to draw out the upper surface camo pattern. When the time comes they just need cutting out and applying.

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Lower wing fillet dry fitted. The fit is so good that it just clocks into place!

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Dry fit of external fuel tank. It also gives me a look at any extra detail painting that may need to be done.

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37mm Ho 203 cannon built and painted. Ready to install in the nose section.

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Replacement part for the tail wheel arrived and built and painted.... Now ready to go into the aircraft!

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That's all for now. Once again, this kit is about to take another transformation!


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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Morris » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:01 pm

Awesome detail and painting of the same SD - definitely a high end kit!
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby steve131 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:33 am

Love the 37 mm , Good to see ZM got spares to you ASAP.
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby snapdragon » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:39 pm

With a ZM build you seem to be building small bits and pieces for quite a while as well as going blnd painting all the small details and swearing at the airbrush when it clogs at a crucial moment!

However, all of a sudden this aircraft take shape!

Main undercart built, painted detailed and added.

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Tail wheel installed. Almost no need for glue!

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Firewall installed.

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Upper wing and undercarriage housing/nacelle added as well as the wing root fillets. There was a slight fit issue on the left side upper, but that was my fault and I had to remove the upper wing root fillet and place it in seperatly. There may be some remedial work needed there, and a repaint! The lower ones clicked into place without any glue!

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All of a sudden it looks like an airplane...... but wait, there's more!

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Oil coolers added to both sides

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Engines added.... now we are getting somewhere!!

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37mm cannon mount added

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nose dry fit. It has been primed with metal silver to bounce light around the inside to hopefully get a better view of the 37mm from the port side.

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What's under there? This!

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There has been some dry fitting of various canopy sections and from all the little bit spread around the bench, suddently an aircraft appears!

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masking tape not covering clear items removed. She's grown up and is getting close to looking fearsome! a repair paint job down the fuselage is needed.

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next time it's engine cowling fitting etc!


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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Morris » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:44 pm

Coming together nicely, can't wait to see the camo pattern done
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby number1 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:11 pm

Looking fantastic snaps, almost convinced to try a SWS plane (note to self, must resist, must resist) :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby Mark » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:37 pm

number1 wrote:Looking fantastic snaps, almost convinced to try a SWS plane (note to self, must resist, must resist) :laughing-rolling:



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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby steve131 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:29 pm

Great work Snapdragons, think you you should get one Number 1.
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Re: Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45 "Nick"

Postby number1 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:04 pm

steve131 wrote:Great work Snapdragons, think you you should get one Number 1.

No room in the stash at the moment :doh:
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