Andrea Morris @Christoph I was lucky that most of the canopy is not see-through, so I just glued (TET) it back together avoiding the actual transparent bits. After a fine sanding you won't notice it. @Gary compliment accepted
@Andy The kit is fine with no real issues. If you have built a Trumpeter kit before then you know what to expect. I did end up with a 1mm gap in the nose, that turned out to be no fault of the kit, but a result of the Yahu instrument panel. I am also having a tussle with mounting the engines in their cowlings. I have put them to one side for now until I figure it out. The underside is painted, when it's fully cured I can get on with the camo on the upper surface. Should be done over the weekend. NB: Handle the canopy with GREAT CARE, it's fragile and I snapped mine whilst giving it a gentle polish!
28. August, 12:15
Andy Ball @Andrea: I wrote my comment before looking through your commentary and photos. I'm on the cusp of going 48 from 72, and want to know how certain subjects I like would perform in the larger scale. The Italeri kit wasn't without its issues too, I see you've coped well with your challenges on the Trumpeter (I've just done their Tupolev and it has few fit issues....but accuracy, hmmmm!)
Andrea Morris The chassis, engine, and cab are built and painted. Dashboard decals to be applied and then I can do some weathering. Great kit, no issues so far.
20. June, 14:27
Andrea Morris A little more progress with painting the internals. Major assembly can now take place. The fool that I am, I went and glued the filler cap on upside down! I had to saw the end off, pack it with plast-card, clean it all up and then scratch build a replacement filler neck and cap.
22. June, 13:57
Andrea Morris The cab is painted, glazing & is now ready for assembly.
Andrea Morris It's very noticeable when you put it next to, say, a 109 in your display cabinet! Things were delayed somewhat when I realised that the walk-way was in the wrong place I had to de-bond it and move it to the correct position, sand and re-prime.
29. June, 17:50
playtime 222 Is it a strict mirror image or could the masochistic among us saw the props off, make a jig and reverse them?
30. June, 07:01
Andrea Morris Yes, if your such a masochist that is do-able, is that pain really worth a tenner (£10) ??? (Resin replacement is available from Hannants)
30. June, 10:51
playtime 222 The other more pragmatic approach for me is to just relax a little and have it as a known quirk. I expect my OCD will win and Ill make an attempt. I have a huge stash and no time, so no idea when I get to this one. Hannants may have closed or the heat death of the universe....
30. June, 16:26
Andrea Morris lol They won't be around for ever, BUY NOW! My SO has calculated that, at my current build-rate, it will take 6 years and 8 months to build all of my stash!!! But then I am retired. As I type, I am masking off the splinter camo so I can paint tomorrow.
30. June, 17:34
playtime 222 This is the nearest I get to modelling for 3 months. Corona app. 12-16 hour days.
1. July, 21:22
Andrea Morris @playtime 222 Oh dear I have barley left the house in the last 100 days due to the lockdown, so its been non-stop modelling!
2. July, 04:56
Andrea Morris RLM71 on the top and masking removed. A little touch-up required then I can apply the (Montex) Insignia masks.
Andrea Morris Lovely kit from Eduard. Going together without any real issues, although some parts do not line-up well. The cockpit is built, as is the engine. Just the PE belts to add before the fuselage halves can be joined. And the PE instrument panel is gorgeous!
30. June, 14:06
Alexander G. Got my kit recently too, what I found striking was the rather strange coarse surface structure
30. June, 15:47
Andrea Morris Yes, rather like Airfix. The moulds are not from Eduard. Problem being, if you sand it off in one place, then it will look odd against the rest! It was going to go into my stash but it is such an unusual subject that I started building right away ????
30. June, 17:42
Andrea Morris Fuselage is together & tail-planes attached. Now the cockpit can be inserted and the wings added.
Andrea Morris Errr... It's been cooking for some time! I can't put it off much longer as I now have all the many pieces needed. I hope @Peter Hardy didn't really glue him self to his seat or else he has been there for two years!!!
Peter Hardy Bored out of my wits but patient none the less.
5. July, 09:29
Andrea Morris ROFLOL I thank you all for your considerable forbearance I am practising using the "hairy stick" for the figures but at the moment my donkey looks more like a German Shepard!!!
5. July, 11:36
Andrea Morris Tamiya's "Tent Set" is assembled, primed & received a base coat. The plaster barrel has been primed and had a base coat of "Natural Wood". And the "Dragons Teeth" have had a base coat & some high/low lights added.
9. July, 10:30
Peter Hardy Dave, do me a favour and count the things on your bench you should have put away because you have finished using them.
9. July, 22:20
Andrea Morris @Peter Errr that would be none! A place for everything & everything in its place I'm calling the barrel finished as I am happy with the look. The "Dragon's Teeth" require some more weathering.
Andrea Morris Pilot figures are painted including Admiral Yamamoto Great kit, as to be expected from Tamiya, just some details to do before a varnish & wash.
21. May, 11:28
Treehugger Are pre-painted canopy pices also included?
21. May, 12:54
Andrea Morris Yes they are. That's going to save a shed load of masking!
22. May, 09:11
Andrea Morris The figures, cockpit assembly are installed & glazing fitted. Now she's ready to be buttoned-up.
25. May, 11:23
Andrea Morris Fuselage halves are together and wings n things are on. Seem sanding time before dealing with all that glazing!
1. June, 10:47
James C Nice work so far on this and have it in the stash as well. I'm 50/50 on the paint scheme though... Yamamoto's transport or camouflaged. Will be following.
1. June, 18:50
Andrea Morris @Jim C I figure that if the kit is Yamamoto's plane then that's how I'm going to paint it. If I wanted to do something different I would of bought a different version.
2. June, 12:28
Andrea Morris As the kit comes with pre-painted glazing I can just tack in to place the un-painted glazing without having to mask at all! And now primed she is ready for paint. Judging by the amount of primer I used, she is going to take a LOT of paint as she is a big bird.
Andrea Morris There is a distinct lack of detail on the cockpit walls but then you won't see a lot of it. With a low part count, things go together quickly. I'm just waiting for some seat-belts to arrive before buttoning her up.
1. June, 11:02
Andrea Morris HGW seat-belts arrived, boy are they fiddly! I had to use an opti-visor and it still took an hour! Still, she's buttoned up and the wings are on. I have some filling & sanding to do as there is a huge gap on the port wing root
18. June, 14:54
Andrea Morris Now she has been primed, painted dark Earth all over then masked and the dark green applied. As I'm using enamels, she needs to sit for awhile to fully dry before moving on.
Andrea Morris Racing along with this. Just a major fit issue, with the fuselage fillet, to deal with. I'm having to glue it in stages. My own fault nothing wrong with the kit. (See TIP alongside photo)
24. April, 12:57
Andrea Morris Spot priming and sanding complete, ready masking and priming.
1. May, 12:50
Andrea Morris Now in primer using Tamiya GX-1 followed by a wet coat of Mr.Color levelling thinner for that mirror finish.
7. May, 14:04
Andrea Morris Added some tonal variation on some panels & surfaces.
13. May, 10:41
Andrea Morris All-over coat of Humbrol #11 "High-speed" silver is applied and all masking removed save for the matt black areas.
17. May, 12:22
Andrea Morris Now the markings have been painted using Montex masks. I'm still getting used to using these plus uneven surfaces, so some careful touch-up is needed.