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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
Hasegawa 1/32 old mould A6M5c Zero
Niedersachsen, Germany
Joined: March 26, 2014
KitMaker: 844 posts
AeroScale: 630 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 01:34 PM UTC
Good start with the engine, Chris. Guess the Hasegawa Zero is a good build despite its age.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,673 posts
AeroScale: 1,517 posts
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 06:13 PM UTC
@Gaz:- A pleasure as always to have you along for the ride my friend! I look forward to hearing your input as I move forward.

@Terri:- I'll make sure I have pepsi and popcorn in the house Terri (we're coke drinkers here, sacrilege I know!) and I'm grateful for your company on this "odyssey" of mine. Love to hear your input as I go it's good to have another set of skills along for the ride.

@D:- Hop onboard my friend! Look forward to your feedback about what I'm doing or not doing and I should be.
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: June 09, 2009
KitMaker: 7,871 posts
AeroScale: 3,702 posts
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 05:24 PM UTC
I'm tagging along for this ride as well Chris, looking forward to seeing what you can do with this one mate.

Cheers, D
Alberta, Canada
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 6,743 posts
AeroScale: 6,151 posts
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 05:14 PM UTC
Will be tagging along on this one Chris . Nice job on adding the details to the engine .

Queensland, Australia
Joined: April 23, 2015
KitMaker: 4,588 posts
AeroScale: 1,929 posts
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 03:56 PM UTC
Nice start on that Zero! Sakai was the first Japanese ace I ever read about. Might have been in a military history magazine or something like that in the 70's.

Gonna watch you do this!

Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,673 posts
AeroScale: 1,517 posts
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 03:47 PM UTC
Sooooooo I've joined yet another campaign (surprise surprise) this time it's the China Burma India campaign. I've decided to do Saburo Sakai's Zero that flew out of Formosa (now Taiwan) during WW2 This particular example flew with the 252 Naval air group. I've got several of these old Hasegawa kits in the stash and thought it might be fun to build it and see what I can achieve with it. I'm not thinking of going nuts with this but who knows?

I've started out by assembling the engine and replacing lost detail. I've also added some missing detail that was simple to fabricate specifically the tubes that brought the ignition loom to the front ignition ring. I've also added ignition wires to the cylinders. There is no detail to speak of for the back of the motor. I'm using the open cooling gills for the engine and I'm thinking of fabricating the opening and closing mechanism for it. It may be beyond my skill set but I'll give it a shot. I'm also debating whether to add the equalising tubes between the pushrods and the stiffeners that go between the cylinder heads.

Here are some shots of the kit and some progress shots of the assembled motor.