Skis, skids, and floats

Hi Everyone,

As I go through the process of taping off yellow-orange ID markings, I felt that it was certainly time for an update. From my last post, I did start on the cockpit and finished it. I have found that the only thing that ages in plastic model kits are the decals. That said, this kit was made in 1999. Given a 25 year old kit, which is a great one, the decals are a bit on the old side. Skeptical as I was, I cut the decals in order to fit the instrument panel.

The 6 instruments on the left side went down fine, the 6 instruments on the right went down ok, but needed some work to get them to settle (pin holes and lots of Mr. Softener). The top two instruments failed, as did the one’s on the left side of the cockpit, due to drift. As much as I tried, they moved once placed, and drifted about 0.5 mm. So, they were removed, and replaced with either a decal from Airscale, or some black paint and white touch ups. I also added some Eduard seat belts, from my research it appears that no shoulder belt was used on the float planes in INJ 1943.

Prior to placing the cockpit into the fuselage, I took the opportunity to paint the “black” areas of the fuselage and the engine cowling using Tamiya NATO black which is really dark charcoal grey.

With that done, I glued the cockpit into the fuselage, and then then glued the lower wing onto the airframe.

With the fuselage and wings taken care of, it was time to focus on the canopy. Fortunately, Eduard makes a perfect mask set. Using my razor saw and fine grit sandpaper, I prepped the clear parts…

Then masked them.

The canopy was attached using white glue, and once dry, given a coat of NATO black for the interior, and then the whole plane was primed using MS1500 Mahogany.

Till next time, wash your hands with soap and water, and have a great time!

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@ John (john41492). Nice work so far. Looking forward to seeing your ‘Rufe’ build progressing. :hammer_and_wrench:

フライネイビー! :saluting_face: :jp:
—mike

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When leaning over the rail, don’t fall off the boat!
:woozy_face: :nauseated_face: :face_vomiting: :ocean:

Continuing with the deck and stanchions… The base is painted and the first rung of rope has been threaded. :sewing_needle: Note: The dangler is where the drill-bit previously broke. I’ll deal with that later. :adhesive_bandage:

Front sides are painted. If you can see the rivets, yer too dang close! :mag:

• Tamiya Ts-6 Matt Black (rattle-can)… pre-shading primer
• Tamiya Ts-99 IJN Grey (Maizuru Arsenal) (rattle-can)
• Syren Ship Model 0.012” (.30mm) Ultra Tan Scale Rope

The two back quarters are painted black.
• Rust-Oleum (7798830) Black Semi-Gloss

Made a couple of extra stanchions, just in case. :hammer_and_wrench:

You’ll notice, there was paint bleeding on deck — took a chance and used the wrong masking tape. :game_die: :game_die::wave::face_with_raised_eyebrow: Learning from that mistake, I went and grabbed a roll of ‘FROGTAPE.’ That stuff is the shiznit! :+1::hocho:

Thank’s for having a look!

フライネイビー! :saluting_face: :jp:
—mike

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Trying to get back into this Bird Dog build, scale modeling can be fun when our skills are challenged or it can be frustrating when a particular kit is either above our skill level or if it’s just a poorly engineered kit . . .

. . . shjeese, it was a fight to get the pancake six cylinder engine set in the engine mounting frame and with any luck I’ll get the cowling cemented around it . . .

When I first gave the model a cursory look over I didn’t notice much flash, but once I started working on it I discovered almost every part has offset flash, the mold halves just weren’t lined up right. Roden uses a soft brittle styrene that can be trying when attempting clean up, two of the motor mounts broke during construction and had to be repaired in order to keep going. This bad dog may be above my skill level but it’s too soon to tell.

Cajun :crocodile:

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@ Terry (agincajun). Chia Theory: Flash, pin marks and sink marks grow whenever a kit is exposed to the Earth’s atmosphere. :face_with_diagonal_mouth:

The ‘Bird Dog’ is too cool. Keep at it! :saluting_face: :us:

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[EDIT] Image added.

Both railing ropes are threaded now, stanchions are ready for placement… but not until I take care of that annoying paint bleed. :face_with_symbols_over_mouth:

フライネイビー! :saluting_face: :jp:
—mike

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First coat of German Grey on the upper body using a #5 flat brush. Next coat will use the smaller brush to get into those untouched places.

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Back to the airframe… :hammer_and_wrench:

Instrument decals were applied yesterday. Fuselage halves were joined together today.
:clamp::clamp::clamp::clamp:

フライネイビー! :saluting_face: :jp:
—mike

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With the floor pan, seat frame and joy stick cleaned up and glued in along with the control pedals it was time to hose down the interior with chromate green . . .

After spending hours cleaning up the window recesses and window frames, meticulously checking the fit of each window, I decided it was time to glue the wing halves together, did I dry fit the parts? No. Did they go together right? No. That’ll learn ya dern ya.

Cajun :crocodile:

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John, very nice cockpit!

Gary, looking good - the schwimwagen is coming together nicely!

Terry, nice job on the interior and pilot!

Looking forward to see more.

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The Schwimmwagen really is coming along. I might finish by the end of the month. Working on trying to paint small things on the instrument panel, which has not been a success with my wonky eyesight. I did finally get the wiper motor on the windshield. Honestly, Tamiya should have molded it right on to the frame instead of making it separate. It’s soooo tiny.

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There are some sadists working at these model making companies. I thought Miniart employed all of them, but it seems that the other manufacturers do as well…

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Never built a Miniart kit, but I have 3 in my stash: M3 Lee, M3 Grant, and Tiran 4 Shrir, all with interiors. I have a feeling, they will all stay unbuilt or I’ll sell them.

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Try one. Sure, MiniArt kits can be challenging, but with a little (or a lot) of patience, they build up nicely. IMHO.

—mikey :spoon::yum::bowl_with_spoon:

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Gary whether you decide to build one of your MiniArts with the interior is your call, personally considering the limited veiwing it seems a waste of time and effort, maybe trade them for an M10 or M26 that have an open turret or swap for a straight Lee or Stuart or Grant. Keep us posted buddy :slightly_smiling_face:

Cajun :crocodile:

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Jake wants to do a fly-by… :boom::boom::boom::boom::boom: :boom: :boom:

Here’s my version of the cockpit MG Mount… too bad, there won’t be an MG mounted on it.
Just some Styrene scraps cobbled-together plus a MENG nut. :hocho: :hammer_and_wrench: :nut_and_bolt:

Here’s the mount in situ. Never mind the black CA on the fuselage… still sanding away at it.

Thank’s for having a look!

フライネイビー! :saluting_face: :jp:
—mike

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