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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/48 Hasegawa Ki 43 Hayabusa build
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:51 AM GMT+7

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Masterfully executed build all around Richard. Your scratchbuilding is first rate and the diorama is setup to tell a story remarkably well.

Ernest



Ernest,
Well said.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 08:35 AM GMT+7
Masterfully executed build all around Richard. Your scratchbuilding is first rate and the diorama is setup to tell a story remarkably well.

Ernest
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:04 AM GMT+7

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Richard! I never get around to doing it myself but doing a scene like this really turns a nice model into something really special! The figures are lovely, they have the right poses and one can really see the interaction between them.



Magnus



Thank you Magnus - does tuck mean the same in Svenske as in Norske ? My mother was from Tonsberg Norge but her father was was from Svierge - nice to hear from people from my mothers part of the world !
God Dag ! Richard
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:27 AM GMT+7
Richard! I never get around to doing it myself but doing a scene like this really turns a nice model into something really special! The figures are lovely, they have the right poses and one can really see the interaction between them.



Magnus
rdt1953
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 01:14 PM GMT+7

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Richard,
Your diorama is just amazing, all combines to make a true portrait of a possible ww2 jap photo. Overall top notch, plane, truck and figures. I am envyous since I could never getarpund to build any scene remotely as good as yours

Cheers
Pedro



Pedro - Thanks for the kind words . I have admired your builds on Aeroscale for some time now so I am very flattered that a person with your skills likes what I have done - I hope I am saying /spelling this correctly - Obrigado !
Richard
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 01:07 PM GMT+7
Joel - Thanks for the compliment and I'll pass it along to the gentleman in question!

Richard
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:42 PM GMT+7
Richard,
Your diorama is just amazing, all combines to make a true portrait of a possible ww2 jap photo. Overall top notch, plane, truck and figures. I am envyous since I could never getarpund to build any scene remotely as good as yours

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:21 AM GMT+7
Richard,
Darn nice looking kid
Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:06 AM GMT+7
Here is the new kid on the block -





more to follow after antenna wire installation -

Thanks for looking - Richard
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 10:50 AM GMT+7

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Joel - don't be too impressed- the figure was molded in a kneeling position but the torso was hunched over - I repositioned the torso , head and arms to pose him in the position I wanted . I also slimmed him down a little by sawing up through the torso sideways and through the pelvis front to back . While I realize that people vary in size in real life I thought he looked too big in relation to the figures in the foreground.
Too bad Brian can't make it - I met him there last year but I'm anxious to meet you and your brother as well ! Should be a good time . If you frequent Missing-Lynx - Brett Green's armor site you can check out my brother in law Jim Guld's latest effort which I'm sure he'll bring to Mosquitocon. Look for the Churchill AVRE Boase Bangalore in constructive comments section.
Cheers ! Richard



Richard,
That's a lot of work on a figure. Going to checkout your brother's builds in a few. If you want to see what my brother has been up to. He's a long, long time 1/32 scale modeler on LSP.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 10:14 AM GMT+7
Joel - don't be too impressed- the figure was molded in a kneeling position but the torso was hunched over - I repositioned the torso , head and arms to pose him in the position I wanted . I also slimmed him down a little by sawing up through the torso sideways and through the pelvis front to back . While I realize that people vary in size in real life I thought he looked too big in relation to the figures in the foreground.
Too bad Brian can't make it - I met him there last year but I'm anxious to meet you and your brother as well ! Should be a good time . If you frequent Missing-Lynx - Brett Green's armor site you can check out my brother in law Jim Guld's latest effort which I'm sure he'll bring to Mosquitocon. Look for the Churchill AVRE Boase Bangalore in constructive comments section.
Cheers ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 09:54 AM GMT+7
Richard,
I'm speechless. the kneeling figure looks like it was molded that way. Your Diorama should do really well with all the details you've scratched out.

I'm dragging my brother as well, so we'll double date. I finally spoke with Brian. He can't make the Mosquitocon as he'll be out of the country, but will be at the Noreastcon.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 09:47 AM GMT+7
So I am nearly done - all that remains is the addition of a third ground crewman who will be kneeling and attending the starboard wheel chock and installing the antenna wire. I hope to enter this in the Mosquitocon in early April so I am leaving the antenna off until the last minute due to it's fragile nature.

I've made the antenna mast out of brass as I'm certain the plastic one would break sooner rather than later - ditto for the Pitot tube.




Here is the new member of the ground crew modified from a Hasegawa fuel truck figure -



Here is a foot stool for the pilot and the brass pitot filed up in a Dremel tool-





And some shots of the diorama - I'll take some more (and hopefully better !) shots when complete.











Thanks to everyone for their interest all along and all comments welcome as always - more to follow when complete -

Happy modeling ! - Richard
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 09:26 AM GMT+7
Joel - Thanks again for all your interest - I'm getting excited about Mosquitocon - Barring any unforseen events I plan on attending along with my brother in law.

Diorama is nearly complete - I'll be posting some pics immediately following this .

Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 03:04 PM GMT+7
Richard,
those details are truly amazing. How on earth did you tie those knots? I can't even imagine how you're accomplishing all this macro detailing.

You're going to blow away the competition at the Mosquitocon and Noreastcon for sure.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 11:16 AM GMT+7
The base is progressing - made up two angle iron stakes and rings out of brass shim for tie downs-





here are tie downs complete with hooks and cinch toggles -



groundwork/static grass -



chocks set-



cast off tie downs/stakes -



drums and the start of coarse turf to break up sterile look -



now on to finishing up the Hayabusa - Thanks for looking and as always, all comments/ input welcome !

Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:31 AM GMT+7

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Richard,
Wow!! both in the scope and the detail of your diorama. You certainly have taken this to a whole new level from your original build concept.

I keep on having mixed feelings about the rear wheel dolly, and seeing it just to the side. Honestly, if you didn't tell me what its purpose was, I might have assumed correctly, or I might have thought it was just some cart used for aircraft maintenance. If I thought that, then other viewers just might think that as well. So why not show it for what it is, a dolly for the rear wheel?



Joel



Joel - I hear you and thought the same but as the Idea is to show the stater truck engaged I'm sure they would not want to " wind the clock " with the tail up in the air in a cart . I have an idea in my head with another Oscar being spotted with a dolly and two ground crewmen . I have another PE wheel set and all the tooling is now made so banging out another dolly should be a breeze .
I hope to get to use my bamboo idea as well .

Thanks for all your interest and input all along - Richard



Richard,
Looking forward to seeing that idea take shape. No need to thank me for staying the course. it's been a great ride. Enjoyed every post of it.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 06:52 AM GMT+7

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Richard,
Wow!! both in the scope and the detail of your diorama. You certainly have taken this to a whole new level from your original build concept.

I keep on having mixed feelings about the rear wheel dolly, and seeing it just to the side. Honestly, if you didn't tell me what its purpose was, I might have assumed correctly, or I might have thought it was just some cart used for aircraft maintenance. If I thought that, then other viewers just might think that as well. So why not show it for what it is, a dolly for the rear wheel?




Joel



Joel - I hear you and thought the same but as the Idea is to show the stater truck engaged I'm sure they would not want to " wind the clock " with the tail up in the air in a cart . I have an idea in my head with another Oscar being spotted with a dolly and two ground crewmen . I have another PE wheel set and all the tooling is now made so banging out another dolly should be a breeze .
I hope to get to use my bamboo idea as well .

Thanks for all your interest and input all along - Richard
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 05:10 AM GMT+7
Richard,
Wow!! both in the scope and the detail of your diorama. You certainly have taken this to a whole new level from your original build concept.

I keep on having mixed feelings about the rear wheel dolly, and seeing it just to the side. Honestly, if you didn't tell me what its purpose was, I might have assumed correctly, or I might have thought it was just some cart used for aircraft maintenance. If I thought that, then other viewers just might think that as well. So why not show it for what it is, a dolly for the rear wheel?

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 01:47 PM GMT+7
Closing in on it -

Here is the final arrangement - some static grass - warning stripe- finishing up the Hayabusa - Canopy, pitot , gear doors ,mast & antennae wire & some odds & ends . I can see light at the end of the tunnel .









Cheers ! Richard
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 08:06 AM GMT+7
Richard,
Those Archer rivets look like they were molded on. They're that good. So next time I need some rivets, I'm going to try them. The Sampler package sounds like the right way to go for the 1st time.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 06:13 AM GMT+7
Joel - The Archer rivets are great - they represent raised round head rivets so of course they are of no use as flush rivets as used on many aircraft - they come in a variety of diameters , spacings and patterns . The ones you see here are .008 " diameter and are the smallest offered ,I believe .

Archer Product # AR88001 - sample pack. $17.95 plus shipping for an approx 3" x 4" sheet - pricey to some I suppose but they will go far and worth every penny IMHO.

Here they are in place before over painting -





Here they are on dolly after reprime and paint - IJA Khaki Brown-



And the wheels in paint -



The base is ready for groundwork - I have decided against the bamboo thicket idea. While I was happy enough with the trees themselves they just didn't work for me from the composition standpoint . The base began to look crowded and cluttered and lost the airfield feel for me but I have a future project in mind where they may be useful.

Thanks for looking in ! Richard
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 02:14 PM GMT+7
Richard,
I've always chickened out from buying the Archer rivets, so I'm really interested in your opinion of them.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 02:00 PM GMT+7

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Wow Richard! That tail wheel dolly is somthing else! I cant wait to see what other details you've got up your sleeve.

I also have the rivet assortment sheet currently enroute from Archer. It's certainly an expensive little sucker but it should be a big help on several projects.



Mike - rivets arrived today and I have already begun with them- they are worth every penny- hope to have pics up tomorrow-
Richard



Great to hear! I expect they'll work great, Ive used archer's armor casting codes sheet and found them a breeze to use with very nice results. Its been quite a while since I visited archers website, they have a few nice aircraft details.
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:13 AM GMT+7

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Wow Richard! That tail wheel dolly is somthing else! I cant wait to see what other details you've got up your sleeve.

I also have the rivet assortment sheet currently enroute from Archer. It's certainly an expensive little sucker but it should be a big help on several projects.



Mike - rivets arrived today and I have already begun with them- they are worth every penny- hope to have pics up tomorrow-
Richard