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GROUP BUILDS => The Flying Boat, Seaplane and Amphibian G.B. => Topic started by: zenrat on November 01, 2017, 01:55:17 am

Title: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on November 01, 2017, 01:55:17 am
Before Captain Fat Hamster's flagplane was his Handley Page Henfield Triplane it was an armed airship.  But more of that in the future.
When the Henfield got too long in the tooth he replaced it with a heavily modified Kawanishi H6K5...

The starting point.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4445/38052426452_68b0e03574_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZYyCE9)Kawanishi H6K5 Start 1-11-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZYyCE9) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: strobez on November 01, 2017, 05:20:10 am
Sky Pirates! We need more Sky Pirates! Yay!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on November 01, 2017, 06:55:06 am
 ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 01, 2017, 07:42:20 am
Arrrrrh!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 12, 2017, 12:53:54 am
Splice the mainbrace!

I have begun.  I have glued the cockpit bulkheads to the cockpit floor.  Arrrrgh.
Upon opening the parts bag I found 3 out of 4 props broken.  Oh no.  Whatever will I do.  I can't possibly render the build inaccurate by using these bigger diameter, wider bladed Lancaster props from my "engines and props" tub... :mellow:
Given the basic level of Hasegawa's interior parts I think I will borrow stuff from an Airfix Shackleton (which will never be seen inside it anyway).
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 15, 2017, 08:15:27 pm
I've been gluing together the components made of parts.  This thing is huge.  It has a wingspan of over 500 mm (that's 18" in old money) and all the control surfaces are moveable including the flaps.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on November 16, 2017, 03:01:53 am
When I was a kid, back in either the late 50's or early 60's a neighbour had a massive collection of 1/72 Japanese aircraft and his one of these was the star of the show as far as I was concerned. It was huge.

I've no idea where he got them from back then ? Indeed they may have been scratched ? Wish I'd been old enough to realise that I should have asked  :-\
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Tophe on November 16, 2017, 09:36:27 am
It has a wingspan of over 500 mm (that's 18" in old money)
So big... that I will not suggest to have a second copy to build a Zwilling. Alas... :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on November 16, 2017, 10:32:13 am
When I was a kid, back in either the late 50's or early 60's a neighbour had a massive collection of 1/72 Japanese aircraft and his one of these was the star of the show as far as I was concerned. It was huge.

I've no idea where he got them from back then ? Indeed they may have been scratched ? Wish I'd been old enough to realise that I should have asked  :-\

Most likely scratchbuilt, as the Hasegawa kit was originally released in 1969.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on November 17, 2017, 06:34:51 am
When I was a kid, back in either the late 50's or early 60's a neighbour had a massive collection of 1/72 Japanese aircraft and his one of these was the star of the show as far as I was concerned. It was huge.

I've no idea where he got them from back then ? Indeed they may have been scratched ? Wish I'd been old enough to realise that I should have asked  :-\

Most likely scratchbuilt, as the Hasegawa kit was originally released in 1969.

That's my thoughts as well Jon. As said just which I'd realised how special they were.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2017, 07:23:26 am
Maybe it was one of the RAF official recognition models?

They were all 1/72 scale, and I had one of the reco Sunderlands as a kid. It was HUGE and weighed a ton as it was solid wood.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 17, 2017, 09:58:01 pm
Yessuuuuuuuuuh.....   I like this.    :bow: :bow: :drink: :cheers:


Fred's Sky Pirates are the best.  :mellow: :mellow:

This a biggin'......   the "bigazz bomber sized type-a-plane" itch must still need scratchin'.

That said, and I'm not the most knowledgeable cat, but this Mavis kit reminds me of the Do-23 I think it is??  (Do-24) Similar set up for sure. (More engines on the Mavis, I just went and looked it up.)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 18, 2017, 12:46:21 am
I have a number of 1/72 bigguns - C97, Pe8, Shack, Marlin, Boxcar, Marsupiale, Privateer and of course the mother of them all the Peacemaker.

Six Do 24s were operated by the RAAF during WW2.  They were ex Dutch aircraft which fled from the Dutch East Indies when the Japanese arrived.
On 3rd March 1942 a number of Do-24s (along with other aircraft) were strafed and sunk in Roebuck Bay, Broome by Zeros while they were crammed with refugees.
https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/alliesinadversity/japanese/broome
IIRC the remains can still be seen at low tide.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 21, 2017, 03:24:58 am
First blood to the Kawanishi.  I was cutting out a loading hatch in the fuselage side when the hard and brittle Hasegawa plastic (is it me or is the dark green always hardest and most brittle) snapped and a piece penetrated into the tip of the rude finger on my right hand.

So, I have cut out the aforementioned hatches on the fuselage sides.  These will be where the Sky Pirates load their loot and captives from the zodiac inflatable.
I have also cut a hole in the top of the nose where I will position a pirate with a vickers gun.
And, I have built a teardrop section conning tower (OK, it's a pylon but I prefer to think of it in submarine terms for some reason) on top of which will be the wing, flying bridge, fifth (and possibly sixth) engine and if there is room an Oerlikon cannon.
The cockpit interior I have primed but I now need to make additional internal floors for under the nose hole and adjacent to the loading hatches.  That's always fun, trying to cut a floor to fit accurately inside a fuselage.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on November 21, 2017, 06:29:47 am
So the necessary blood sacrifice has been made ?  :angel: And yes the old green plastic they used was particularly hard, wouldn't say brittle as such but I know what you mean.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 21, 2017, 12:44:52 pm

 (is it me or is the dark green always hardest and most brittle)


Indeed, it's often harder and more brittle than your scalpel blades.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 22, 2017, 02:24:27 am
It's certainly harder than my finger.
But why the dark green?
It must be related to the dye used.
There is never an industrial chemist around when you need one.

Blood was smeared inside the fuselage and appropriate words muttered before bleeding was stemmed with masking tape (the plaster jar is empty).

A bit of painting today.  Cockpit floor and fuselage interior.


Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 22, 2017, 03:26:35 am

Blood was smeared inside the fuselage and appropriate words muttered before bleeding was stemmed with masking tape (the plaster jar is empty).


Most modellers have the perfect stuff for that problem to hand, superglue!

I've lost count of the number of times I've glued myself back together with the magic stuff.

But it's about equal to the number of times I've glued myself to a model too.......  :banghead:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 22, 2017, 03:43:44 am
I know it is used for that purpose but it never occurs to me to do so.  In this instance all it took was a piece of tape pulling the 2 sides of the hole closed followed by another piece wrapped round the finger to keep the first in place.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TomZ on November 22, 2017, 04:16:33 am
I know it is used for that purpose but it never occurs to me to do so.  In this instance all it took was a piece of tape pulling the 2 sides of the hole closed followed by another piece wrapped round the finger to keep the first in place.

Funny thing is that that is what super glue was first invented for. The US military was looking for a way to patch up wounded soldiers while waiting for medical care.
And that is why we have super glue today.

TomZ




Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 22, 2017, 08:21:30 am
I know it is used for that purpose but it never occurs to me to do so.  In this instance all it took was a piece of tape pulling the 2 sides of the hole closed followed by another piece wrapped round the finger to keep the first in place.

Funny thing is that that is what super glue was first invented for. The US military was looking for a way to patch up wounded soldiers while waiting for medical care.
And that is why we have super glue today.

TomZ

Really? When was that?

In the early '60s I was using similar stuff to bond strain gauges to test subjects, and it was called Eastman 910. It was just like present day superglues but cost a zillion times as much, my boss was always giving me a tough time if I applied too much 910 to a gauge, 'Do you know how much that costs?' he'd yell.  ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TomZ on November 22, 2017, 08:40:40 am
Really? When was that?
In the early '60s I was using similar stuff to bond strain gauges to test subjects, and it was called Eastman 910. It was just like present day superglues but cost a zillion times as much, my boss was always giving me a tough time if I applied too much 910 to a gauge, 'Do you know how much that costs?' he'd yell.  ;D

Well, turned out I was not completely right but found this:

Superglue was first developed by scientists at Eastman Kodak who were trying to design gun sights for the military after they found that some of their failed attempts had other useful properties.
While the adhesive has become known for fixing pottery and clothing, during the Vietnam War, it became life saving. "If somebody had a chest wound or open wound that was bleeding," inventor Harry Coover once told the Kingsport Times-News, "the biggest problem they had was stopping the bleeding so they could get the patient back to the hospital. And the consequence was—many of them bled to death. So the medics used the spray, stopped the bleeding, and were able to get the wounded back to the base hospital. And many, many lives were saved."


See here:  http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a25067/the-surprising-military-history-of-superglue/ (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a25067/the-surprising-military-history-of-superglue/)

TomZ
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 27, 2017, 03:35:33 am
I have made a floor which will fit inside the fuselage adjacent to the new loading doors.  Easier than I expected as the sides of the hull, while tapered are straight.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on November 28, 2017, 03:40:18 am
Floor made for inside the nose which means that after a another coat of paint I can close the fuselage halves up and then get on with firing the conning tower.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 01, 2017, 12:43:31 am
At last, photographic evidence of progress.

It's a wing (and one or two clamps)!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4563/37873042215_3449afc63a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZGHeYt)Kawanishi H6K5 WIP 1-12-17 (https://flic.kr/p/ZGHeYt) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2017, 06:21:25 am
I did wonder why the price of those clamps was starting to rival Bitcoins in terms of an investment ?  ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 02, 2017, 12:15:29 am
Heh heh heh.

I went with lucky bands and tape on the hull.
Here it is with the wing balanced precariously on top of the conning tower.  I may adjust the height.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/38749142912_1c476d6133_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2238ubU)Kawanishi H6K5 WIP 2-12-17 01 (https://flic.kr/p/2238ubU) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on December 02, 2017, 02:41:37 am
Why "lucky" instead of "rubber" bands ? Or don't I want to know ?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 02, 2017, 05:11:15 am
"Lacky" not lucky.  As in elastic.

F##king auto correct.

 :angry: :banghead:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 02, 2017, 05:21:32 am
Cool!!  Have to concur on the conning tower. Seems a bit tall to my liking. Of course... if more "stuff" needs to go on it then by all means!
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 02, 2017, 05:28:27 am
Plan is a fifth engine will protrude from the front of the top of the conning tower behind which Captain Fat Hamster will command it from his flying bridge.  And behind him there will be a 20mm Oerlikon cannon on a naval deck mounting.

Imagine if someone Eric mounted the nose of a Mustang on the conning tower of a U Boat and you'll get the idea.
As I believe I may have previously mentioned this may also get a periscope and snorkel mast and a crows nest.



Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 02, 2017, 05:31:24 am
Ambitious.  This GB is right up your alley it would seem!!   :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on December 02, 2017, 06:21:33 am
Imagine if someone Eric mounted the nose of a Mustang on the conning tower of a U Boat and you'll get the idea.

oh, nice idea, tempting  :wacko:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on December 02, 2017, 06:21:44 am
"Lacky" not lucky.  As in elastic.

F##king auto correct.

 :angry: :banghead:

Right, I'm trying to come to grips with a tablet whilst travelling  :banghead:

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 02, 2017, 02:15:33 pm
Cracking looking device. Will it have tip floats or Dornier style 'seawings'?

And do some of the crew inhabit the conning tower? A Catalina's flight engineer sits inside the wing pylon, so there's a precedent for that.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 02, 2017, 03:46:26 pm
There will be portholes in the conning tower indicating something is going on in there.
She'll have outrigger floats.  As there will be a dinghy slung under each wing there will be a fairly complicated structure to build under there with crew access walkways to the boats.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 06, 2017, 02:40:17 am
A slight problem with the fifth engine/flying bridge/gun design.
Originally I was going to mount the nacelle directly to the wing but a combination of Lancaster props (bigger diameter than stock Kawanishi) and the closeness of #2 & #3 engines means the whole thing will have to be raised on struts.
So i've started building a platform that will combine all 3 things into a homogenous whole.
I also slathered some filler onto the fuselage and shortened the conning tower.


Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 06, 2017, 04:39:50 am
SLATHER IT UUUUUP!  Wooo, Partay!  I actually like the sound of the raised up 5th engine and stuff on struts.  :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 22, 2017, 06:14:52 pm
Wings Kit would be proud of...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4643/39217329191_a49f60e755_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Kv4E8)Kawanishi H6K5 WIP 22-12-17 (https://flic.kr/p/22Kv4E8) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
...and more sinkmarks than you could shake a stick at.  I'm leaving them.  They are dents showing she's had a hard life...
 :o
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 23, 2017, 01:02:47 am
 :thumbsup:
looks splendid, and it looks right, the stretch on the wings dosnt make them look out of proportion.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 23, 2017, 01:05:26 am
YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHH! Way to go Fred!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 23, 2017, 02:02:53 am
I think you may misunderstand.  Those are the stock wings.  I was just surprised by how long they are despite it being listed on the box lid.  Its a span of over 500mm.  Looks a bit Albatrossy.
Mind you, give the way they go together with the ends separate from the centre section it would not be to much work to use two kits to build a six engined version.

Today I built a simple stand for it to sit in.  I might build a beaching trolley in the future (I don't like the bolt on beaching wheels they supply with the kit) but this will do for now.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on December 23, 2017, 03:14:22 am
Nice! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 23, 2017, 07:52:15 am

Mind you, give the way they go together with the ends separate from the centre section it would not be to much work to use two kits to build a six engined version.


I can't think of a single reason why you shouldn't do that. Apart from the need to get a World Bank loan to by another kit of course.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 23, 2017, 09:01:13 am
^That would be glorious. . . .. 


Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 23, 2017, 08:22:13 pm

Mind you, give the way they go together with the ends separate from the centre section it would not be to much work to use two kits to build a six engined version.


I can't think of a single reason why you shouldn't do that. Apart from the need to get a World Bank loan to by another kit of course.

And space needed for storage but more importantly i've glued these ones together now.
 :-\
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 27, 2017, 02:19:43 am
First shot coat of primer on the thing today.  This has revealed lots of nastiness needing glue and PSR.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: loupgarou on December 27, 2017, 08:56:00 am
First shot coat of primer on the thing today.  This has revealed lots of nastiness needing glue and PSR.

From pirates (sky or otherwise) you have to expect nastiness. ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on December 28, 2017, 12:28:47 am
True.
It also revealed that I am nearly out of primer - It hadn't occurred to me how much more area there is to paint on something this size.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2018, 02:19:00 am
I'm having trouble coming up with a paint plan for this.  It obviously needs to be something out of the ordinary but also semi-practical for use in the Great Australian Bight.
Sky shades on the undersides seem de-rigeur and (spit balling as I type) maybe a combination of sea shades on the top with splinter on the wings and mottle on the hull (Luftwaffe go to the beach).  Maybe.
I'll have to be carefull with colour selection or it'll just turn out as a variation on the PDRV Archipelago scheme.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2018, 02:52:16 am
Alternatively take the dazzle schemes used on the Felixstowes as a starting point ?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2018, 02:15:09 am
Hmm yes.  Dazzle.  I had forgotten about that.
Underside is now sky blue so I need to make a decision.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 05, 2018, 02:57:38 am

dazzle ! yes ! oh yes !!!  ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2018, 06:36:09 am
Hmm yes.  Dazzle.  I had forgotten about that.
Underside is now sky blue so I need to make a decision.

So use sky blue overall with a black and white "dazzle" or even a splinter on the upper surface ?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2018, 07:57:14 pm
To do a dazzle scheme justice means masking it so as to get precisely straight lines.  Any error will show up due to the high contrast (typically black/white or red/white) colours used.  And i'm not feeling like masking such a big job.
Also, dazzle would look best on a larger more slab sided hull (like the Marlin in the stash) rather than the slim Kawanishi.

So now i'm thinking about Brad C's contour line camo idea he tried on the Aztec Phantom. 
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 05, 2018, 10:40:27 pm
Yeah, that would look good on this bird, too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Tophe on January 05, 2018, 11:02:05 pm
Have you considered a twin-hull possibility?
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/Kawanishi_h6k13.JPG)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 06, 2018, 03:33:04 am
I hate to say this Tophe but i'm not a big fan of zwillings.  I consider doubling up fuselages introduces too much structural stress due to twisting moments.

I think i've thought out the paint scheme.  I just need to do some blending to get appropriate colours.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 10, 2018, 02:12:27 am
A decision and some progress.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/39610679591_0ed18667d9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23mg62z)H6K5 WIP 10-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/23mg62z) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 10, 2018, 03:31:51 am
Wow! :o That looks cool! :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 10, 2018, 03:35:59 am
A decision and some progress.


excellent decision, it seems, from the first glimpse :
I love giraffe patterns, and the curves on the wings are auspicious  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 10, 2018, 03:54:51 am
Oh yes, that's going to look AWESOME when it's finished.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 10, 2018, 04:03:49 am
There are Sea Cows, Sea Lions and Sea Horses but no Sea Giraffes as far as I am aware.  Until now anyway.
Glad you all like it.
The wings and horizontal tails will be my interpretation of Brad C's contour line* camo.  I plan to have the dark blue for the "deepest" parts moving through to the light blue for the "shallowest".

*Although Isobaths rather than Contour Lines is I guess the correct name if talking in terms of depths.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Snowtrooper on January 10, 2018, 04:14:23 am
Instead of giraffes, the hull camo brings to my mind the technique with which the blades of magical/energy swords and the like are painted on miniatures: thin blue stripes becoming progressively lighter towards the centre (with tiny white highlights) on a dark blue background. You can substitute the blues for greens or reds, but the idea is the same.

Which means it's totally cool.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 10, 2018, 08:53:40 am
Hell yeah that's what I'm tal'm'bout!   ;D :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 10, 2018, 11:44:13 pm
ummmmm, thanks Snowie, I think.
Mavis the magical energy sea giraffe...
 ;)

I continued on with the pattern today.  It's rather time consuming.  I continued down the Starboard side and have almost reached the tail.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 11, 2018, 12:56:04 am
Mavis the magical energy sea giraffe...
 ;)

 ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Weaver on January 11, 2018, 02:07:24 am
That looks excellent! What's the plan for the wings?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 11, 2018, 02:37:30 am
That looks excellent! What's the plan for the wings?

See Post #62 ;)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on January 12, 2018, 06:42:40 am


I continued on with the pattern today.  It's rather time consuming. 

I can believe that. Does look good  :thumbsup:

Would a Sea Giraffe be a shallow water animal and thus have it's neck way above water or a deep water animal with just the head above surface ? One for Sir David I think  ;)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 12, 2018, 06:55:34 pm
"Up periscope!"   ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 12, 2018, 07:30:25 pm


I continued on with the pattern today.  It's rather time consuming. 

I can believe that. Does look good  :thumbsup:

Would a Sea Giraffe be a shallow water animal and thus have it's neck way above water or a deep water animal with just the head above surface ? One for Sir David I think  ;)

Or one for Eric...
 ;D

"Up periscope!"   ;D

Maybe they could breathe through their horns?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 12, 2018, 07:48:58 pm
Nature's Snorkel system perhaps?  :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 12, 2018, 11:46:02 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2018, 01:43:18 am
Finished painting the hull today.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4757/24794007667_8a41d72c8e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DLXLEP)H6K5 WIP 13-01-18 01 (https://flic.kr/p/DLXLEP) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/27884077579_a867c8972e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ju2bNg)H6K5 WIP 13-01-18 02 (https://flic.kr/p/Ju2bNg) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
And then I washed my paint jars in preparation to mixing the various shades for the Isobath Camo.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 13, 2018, 01:45:28 am
Right purty.
I like the way the major blocks aren't just slotted next to each other, there are 'splinters' or smaller fill-in spots too.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2018, 02:07:55 am
Thanks Rick.  As it evolved it became more crazy paving than sea giraffe.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2018, 02:36:19 am
Splendiferous
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 13, 2018, 03:00:08 am
Splendiferous

That is precisely the word I was looking for

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: loupgarou on January 13, 2018, 03:43:06 am
Really beautiful! How did you do it? Hand painting or masking and spraying?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 13, 2018, 04:17:13 am
Hell, yeah! :lol:

That's brilliantly cool! :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2018, 04:25:56 am
Really beautiful! How did you do it? Hand painting or masking and spraying?

By hand.  Masking that would drive me bonkers.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: loupgarou on January 13, 2018, 06:53:47 am
Really beautiful! How did you do it? Hand painting or masking and spraying?

By hand.  Masking that would drive me bonkers.

You have an unbelievably steady hand. :o :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 13, 2018, 12:47:19 pm
top job mr Zenrat sir !
ive done something similar, and you've managed  to get a far better effect than I did.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 13, 2018, 07:09:39 pm
Thanks Rick.  As it evolved it became more crazy paving than sea giraffe.

 ;D Maybe, but it still works.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 13, 2018, 07:38:48 pm
Glorious!!!!!   Sans masking.. I love it... it would drive me nuts, too. I totally dig masking, though, and I'm willing to do it.. but.. man.... there's no way I'd mask something like this.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:

The lighter blue segments here and there are intriguing... 
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2018, 12:32:58 am
The lighter blue segments here and there are intriguing... 

Just an element of randomness.  Why?  No idea.  It seemed like the thing to do.

Really beautiful! How did you do it? Hand painting or masking and spraying?

By hand.  Masking that would drive me bonkers.

You have an unbelievably steady hand. :o :thumbsup:

Not really.  But I have been watching pinstriping videos on You Tube to see how some of them steady their hands and over the years have developed a technique of sticking my little finger out as a support against the model.  I also have learnt not to paint on the days when I am less steady.

Today I started on the Wings and tail.
Here is the palette.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/38971526264_69c44f0d0c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22nMg1C)Palette (https://flic.kr/p/22nMg1C) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
1 is Vallejo Sky Blue and 7 is Vallejo Intermediate Blue.  2 to 6 are mixes of the 2 in varying ratios.
I mixed up a batch of each in my paint storage jars.  If you don't store some of a custom colour then it can bite you in the bum if you find a spot you missed.  Don't ask me how I know this.
Here is Mavis the Magical Sea Giraffe.  1 and 3 to 7 painted.  2 to go.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4628/38782687555_beed05b0de_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2266pQP)H6K5 WIP 14-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/2266pQP) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 14, 2018, 12:51:48 am
 :o :o :o
 :thumbsup:

did you paint blues lines on a black background, or black patches on a blue background?

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 14, 2018, 01:11:37 am
zenrat quote:
"I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad."

Tell her 'Yep - come on in, the water's particularly friendly today.'
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 14, 2018, 02:16:24 am
I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.

Absolutely, & proud of it! ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 14, 2018, 03:02:22 am
I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.

Absolutely, & proud of it! ;D

yes  :angel:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2018, 03:09:04 am
:o :o :o
 :thumbsup:

did you paint blues lines on a black background, or black patches on a blue background?



I painted the whole hull sky blue and then painted on Intermediate blue (it looks black) patches.
Painting on the blocks means you can easilly get non parallel gaps between blocks and they don't line up (which is what I wanted).  You can achieve that effect painting on the lines but you have to concentrate more.  It takes less paint though.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2018, 03:18:30 am
That's looking potentially AWESOME Fred. LOVE the 'contour shading' on the wings.  :wub:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 14, 2018, 03:20:08 am
"Potentially awesome"? :unsure:

I say it's already definitely awesome! :mellow: :thumbsup: :mellow:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2018, 03:34:14 am
Ah, but I could still f**k it up.
I have after all yet to add the fifth engine (OK, any engines to be precise), flying bridge, Oerlikon mount, Vickers guns and dinghies...
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2018, 03:34:58 am
What about the masts and sails?
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2018, 04:06:48 am
What about the masts and sails?

And a crows nest.  Maybe.  I'll see how i'm going for time. 
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: NARSES2 on January 14, 2018, 06:57:13 am

I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.

I resent that ! Eccentric, yes but mad ? Never  ;)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Snowtrooper on January 14, 2018, 06:58:55 am
The paintscheme looks like a winner already :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: loupgarou on January 14, 2018, 07:21:51 am

I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.

I resent that ! Eccentric, yes but mad ? Never  ;)

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Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 14, 2018, 07:21:57 pm

I explained to Mrs z about Sea Giraffes.  She says we are all mad.

I resent that ! Eccentric, yes but mad ? Never  ;)

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"I'm NOT Mad, I tell you! I'm a little Angry, maybe, but I'M NOT MAD!!"
Don't know where the quote comes from (Young Frankenstein, maybe?) but it fits...  ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: jalles on January 15, 2018, 06:17:44 am
The paintscheme looks like a winner already :thumbsup:

Agreed, it looks like a work of art, something you'd see in a museum.  Reminds me a bit of those BMW art cars.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 15, 2018, 07:28:51 am
The paintscheme looks like a winner already :thumbsup:

Agreed, it looks like a work of art, something you'd see in a museum.  Reminds me a bit of those BMW art cars.  :thumbsup:

absolutely !
just : the choice of colors is not quite the same  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 15, 2018, 12:37:34 pm
Can you use 'BMW' and 'art' in the same sentence???
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: ericr on January 15, 2018, 02:00:43 pm
Can you use 'BMW' and 'art' in the same sentence???

at least when Calder gets involved

(to my taste, as you might guess)

(http://19dg4u452phr3z8ck21kaki016we.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/01-bmw-art-car-1975-30-csl-calder-04_1600x1190.jpg)



it is quite like his DC-8 actually, not?

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 15, 2018, 03:05:59 pm

it is quite like his DC-8 actually, not?


NOTHING'S as glorious as Calder's DC8-62!   ;D

One day I'll build my Minicraft -63 as a -62 and use the Calder decal sheet I've had for over 20 yrs.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 16, 2018, 01:56:11 am
The BMW "Batmobiles" are a work of art however they are painted.
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_w1vy0B2m5U/maxresdefault.jpg)

Finished off the wing & tails yesterday.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4757/24834204117_10d3df0273_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DQvMF4)H6K5 WIP 15-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/DQvMF4) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
And mocked up with the flying bridge today.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4631/38822326335_f80feb7f2c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/229Az54)H6K5 WIP 16-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/229Az54) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
The paint on the wings has the interesting effect of making it look like it has been photographed in dappled shadow.  Which it hasn't.
I suppose that is the point of camouflage.  A whole aircraft painted in a similar scheme would be interesting.  Something with a lot of surface area.  A Vulcan, Canberra or YB-49 maybe.  None of which I have in the stash.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on January 16, 2018, 02:36:00 am
Still an awesome paint scheme, Fred! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 16, 2018, 06:01:34 am
Coming together like a set of butt cheeks!!! I love the colors you chose.    :wub:

To quote a buddy of mine...... "Keep going!"  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 23, 2018, 12:23:19 am
Had a setback.  I discovered my planned positioning of the Flying Bridge/Gun Deck meant an overlapping of the blades of the centre engine with engines #2 & #3.
After a bit of bumming and ahhhing modifications have been made and progress continues with paint.
I have also added all the struts for the tail (OOB) and wings (scratchbuilt).  Although the engineer in me is telling me I need a few extra struts under the wings.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 25, 2018, 02:54:14 am
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4723/39889904061_000d9cd01e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23LWbJz)H6K5 WIP 25-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/23LWbJz) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: CANSO on January 25, 2018, 10:08:11 am
The paint on the wings has the interesting effect of making it look like it has been photographed in dappled shadow.  Which it hasn't.
I suppose that is the point of camouflage.  A whole aircraft painted in a similar scheme would be interesting.
Two B-314 for FDR were painted in similar manner (the hulls + nacelles only):
(http://imodeler.com/uploads/2015/04/0c1d2f5c61ed3584_landing.jpg)
(http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/22/06/62/4746414/3/1024x1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on January 25, 2018, 04:32:22 pm
Excellent.
Goes to show nothing is ever original.

Thanks.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 03, 2018, 01:01:48 am
That looks a lot like the ship schemes that were meant to confuse their size.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: Old Wombat on February 03, 2018, 01:55:24 am
Has the look of an early digital scheme. :thumbsup:

(http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/22/06/62/4746414/3/1024x1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 04, 2018, 03:19:01 am
Coming along with this.
I've been painting the boats and building their underwing gantries.  Also the crew and props.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2018, 11:49:20 pm
Scratchbuilt some fittings today which will go on the boat gantry rails and from which the boats will hang.
Also painted the Oerlikon.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 09, 2018, 03:06:34 am
Like me in a foot race its clawing its way to the finish line inch by painstaking inch...

Today I finally got to satin clear her, remove the masking from the windows, glue on the canopy and attach the fifth engine & flying bridge.
I also popped out and bought a reel of "rope" coloured cotton thread to use to sling the boats from.

I have dropped the mast plan but might attach a flag pole if I get time.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2018, 04:41:10 am
Oerlikon attached.
Prop tips painted.
Wing floats attached.
Oelikon ammo stowage painted...
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2018, 11:36:18 pm
Today I have mostly been scratchbuilding tiny hooks and Vickers gun mountings, painting Vickers guns and scratchbuilding walkways.
I may have glued my fingers together a couple of times.

Here is a photo of the Sky Pirates boats.  These will be slung beneath the wings of the flying boat using the aforementioned tiny hooks.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4670/39487012654_02ffe756a6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23akga1)H6K5 WIP 11-02-18 (https://flic.kr/p/23akga1) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 10, 2018, 11:57:47 pm
Wow, that's IMPRESSIVE stuff!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 11, 2018, 12:43:18 am
Wow, that's IMPRESSIVE stuff!  :thumbsup:

Indeed! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 11, 2018, 12:50:47 am
Thanks Kit and DFZ.  Courtesy of Shapeways.

The dinghies are better than the Zodiac due to it being printed in textured finish.  This gives it a granulated finish as though it has been dusted with icing sugar (an odd habit I came across in Boston, Mass - Maple Syrup I can understand but icing sugar on your bacon, eggs, sausage & french toast?).
As it is printed like this it is impossible to clean up without losing all the detail.  Something to avoid in future I feel.
I'm quite pleased with the wooden finish.  It's very simple - clear yellow over wooden deck tan.  Both Tamiya acrylics.  Then a coat of satin clear.

The Vickers Guns (also Shapeways) suffer from what I suspect is a slight error in the 3D modelling.  I would hazard a guess that the water jacket was modelled separately from the breech but when the two parts were put together in one model a very, very slight gap was left between the two.
I think this because every time I handle one the barrel breaks off and I have to glue it back onto the front of the breech.  Annoying but not hard as the front of the breech and the back of the water jacket both have good flat mating surfaces.

Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 11, 2018, 11:53:20 pm
If all goes to plan I should finish tomorrow ready for beauty pics on Wednesday...

I have left to do;
Rig wing floats.
Rig Boat davits.
Attach gang planks.
Attach Vickers guns.
Touch up paint.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 11, 2018, 11:57:47 pm
I'm trying, badly, to connect 'davits' with a thread about an aeroplane.  ;D ;)

This is just going to be amazing, I know.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 12, 2018, 01:43:27 am
Maybe davits is the wrong word?
Is davit applied to the whole mechanism that lifts the boat and hoists it over the side or does it just apply to the pulley arrangement on the end?

<Googles "Davit">

OK.  So what i have to do is to thread the falls through the blocks that are attached to the underwing boat rails.
If I was doing it properly I would also need Frapping Lines, Gripes and Tricing Pendants.
 :o
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 12, 2018, 02:02:07 am

If I was doing it properly I would also need Frapping Lines, Gripes and Tricing Pendants.


Well yes, we just naturally assumed you were going to do that. The Tricing Pendants are especially important to the  overall accuracy of the model.
Title: Re: Kawanishi H6K5 - Sky Pirates
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2018, 02:05:04 am
...and relax.

Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast:  Captain Fat Hamster's Kawanishi H6K5.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4715/39528191324_698c56d17b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23dYj95)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 8 (https://flic.kr/p/23dYj95) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

When his Handley Page Henfield got too long in the tooth, and spares proved impossible to make or steal Captain Fat Hamster chose, as his new flag plane an ex IJN Kawanishi H6K5.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/39341385895_1ee86a3522_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22WsToP)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 18 (https://flic.kr/p/22WsToP) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Finding the Kawanishi lacked the power to lift the payloads he was asking of it (gold and hostages are heavy) and desiring a Flying Bridge to command his air fleet from a damaged Mustang was butchered to provide the required accomodations.  This also provided somewhere to mount a 20mm Oerlikon cannon (taken as a prize from a PDRV patrol boat driven ashore by Pirate jabos) used to persuade reluctant shipping that stopping was a good idea.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4754/39341383155_7a02ae0ec9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22WsSzz)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 25 (https://flic.kr/p/22WsSzz) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

A system of adaptable mounting rails was added under the wings to carry a variety of equipment from bombs to a minisub.  Currently carried are a pair of dinghies and an armed Zodiac inflatable which were used to transfer booty from their prizes via the beam hatches.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4765/40239062171_4877a90f4e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24iMHgZ)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 30 (https://flic.kr/p/24iMHgZ) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Defensive armament was provided by Vickers Guns mounted in the nose, beam hatches and tail in addition to whatever the crew could find to fire through the dorsal hatch.  The Oerlikon could be fired in flight provided the gunner strapped himself to it.  Reloading was hazardous and tend to be left to Rodger the cabin boy.  It has been noted that the two figures seen on the Flying Bridge appear to be wearing zenrat industries overalls although this could not possibly be the case given that zi provide the PDRV contingent to the Southern Air Patrol which is tasked with stopping sky piracy.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4651/40205853842_40c53e943b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24fRvAA)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 21 (https://flic.kr/p/24fRvAA) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

The Model

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4702/40239063621_b1602014f8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24iMHGZ)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 27 (https://flic.kr/p/24iMHGZ) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

Hasegawa Kawanishi H6K5.
Props from Revell Avro Lancaster
Scratchbuilt "conning tower" and flying bridge incorporating the nose from an Academy P51, prop from an Airfix Mosquito, spinner from a Hasegawa or Airfix Bf 109, Eduard seatbelts and the ladder from a Matchbox Heyford.
Vickers Guns, Oerlikon, Dinghies, Zodiac and life rafts from Shapeways.
Crew from various places including Elheim Figures and the aforementioned Heyford.
Ropes from Lincraft.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4649/39341382385_539cdf88bb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22WsSmi)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 28 (https://flic.kr/p/22WsSmi) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Snowtrooper on February 13, 2018, 02:41:56 am
Inspiring concept, awesome execution, tremendous attention to detail. Splendid! :wub:

The camo pattern seems to work very well too, the different pattern in the fuse and uppers further serve to break up the outline. Love the ship-like details (just as with the MeKo spec-ops sailplane). And just when you think you have spotted all there is to see you notice one more thing...
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2018, 03:22:23 am
Marvellously bonkers  :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: ericr on February 13, 2018, 03:41:26 am

it could become a habit, but by definition not :
this is simply once again astonishing  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2018, 03:46:04 am
Thanks folks.  I made it by the skin of my teeth.  I thought I had a day more than I did and I was going to leave the pics until tomorrow.  Glad I didn't  :o

Chris - the Eduard steel seatbelts are fine.  Very thin, soft metal means they can easilly be shaped to the seat.
If you think this is bonkers, wait until I get to work on the third part of the Captain Fat Hamster triptych - the Airship... :wacko:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2018, 05:32:31 am
Cracking build, m8!! This is even crazier than I thought it would be. I totally love the paint job!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2018, 06:12:14 am

Chris - the Eduard steel seatbelts are fine.  Very thin, soft metal means they can easilly be shaped to the seat.


Thanks mate  :thumbsup: Think I'll dip my toe in the water then. I like the pre-painted brass ones except they aren't to pliable and you can't really anneal them, can you ?  :angel:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Weaver on February 13, 2018, 06:13:37 am
That is BRILLIANT, I love it!  :wub: :wub: :wub:

Coincidentally, I picked up a Cant Z.501 at Huddersfield with piracy in mind. It's pretty much the same shape but half the size and with 20% of the engines, but it has bomb racks in the middle of the wing struts which would be perfect for this kind of small boats setup.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Old Wombat on February 13, 2018, 06:31:57 am
I really like that! :mellow: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Tophe on February 13, 2018, 07:53:03 am
That's like a whole universe in a single plane, wow! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 13, 2018, 08:36:20 am
Totally and utterly INSANE!

But it's wonderfully insane as well, and fits so well with 'our' kind of thinking. I'm glad you made it by the deadline Fred, maybe 2-3 hrs or so.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: jalles on February 13, 2018, 09:07:49 am
Complete lunacy, and I love it  :thumbsup:  But you need bigger pictures.  There's so much detail packed in there and I want to see MORE!!
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 13, 2018, 11:17:57 am
wonderful, it looks like it came flying out of a dieselpunk conic all, sooty contrails and attitude.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2018, 03:03:55 pm
Thanks folks.

Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: loupgarou on February 13, 2018, 03:08:53 pm
Wonderfully delirious, Zenrat.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2018, 03:11:19 pm
Complete lunacy, and I love it  :thumbsup:  But you need bigger pictures.  There's so much detail packed in there and I want to see MORE!!

Try these.  Click on them to view bigger.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/25381888057_deda4db839_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EEUP2B)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 Big 3 (https://flic.kr/p/EEUP2B) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4621/38442087650_e15689ae38_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21yZKmE)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 Big 2 (https://flic.kr/p/21yZKmE) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4620/39354835825_83069f7c25_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22XDPAa)Kawanishi Type 97 H6K5 Big 1 (https://flic.kr/p/22XDPAa) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2018, 03:16:02 pm
...Coincidentally, I picked up a Cant Z.501 at Huddersfield with piracy in mind. It's pretty much the same shape but half the size and with 20% of the engines, but it has bomb racks in the middle of the wing struts which would be perfect for this kind of small boats setup.

Yes.  Italeri.  I've been after one of them at a sensible price.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2018, 03:41:19 pm
Ahhhhhh yes... back for another stroll and a closer look... this is the most amazing contraption!!!  Ropes and lil people and ... just.. wow, dude!  The kid in me wants it real bad to play with, finicky me says you should build an enclosed case for it to protect it and keep it dust free, the greedy me says I bet you could make a killing if you were to put it for auction.  ;D ;D    :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: jalles on February 13, 2018, 05:00:26 pm
Try these.  Click on them to view bigger.

Yes!  Thank you good sir!  It's amazing.  I love all the ropes, walkways, ladders and crew figures.  It's truly stupendous!
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 14, 2018, 12:04:35 am
The 'self powered flying bridge' is the absolute icing on the cake!  ;D
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 14, 2018, 12:23:53 am
Thanks guys.
It's now safely flat against the back wall (hooks under the wings) of my biggest display case.  I did manage to catch the barrel of the Oerlikon with my hand and snap it off while setting up the hooks.  I think the spiders took it as I couldn't find it and had to make another.  That's actually the third barrel its had.  The original didn't survive being posted to me.
I also knocked the front Vickers off but I found that and reattached it.

Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 14, 2018, 03:52:24 am
Reminds me of the aircraft seen in Porco Rosso. :mellow:
Excellent work, Fred, looks very good indeed, love that camo. :cheers:
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 14, 2018, 11:48:09 pm
Thanks mate.
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: Cobra on February 14, 2018, 11:55:14 pm
This is a Flying Masterpiece :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Awesome Job,Cool Paint Scheme.and has a bit of Crimson Skies & Mad Max to it Superb Build :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Keep up the Superb Work! Dan
Title: Re: Sky Pirates of the Nullarbor Coast: Kawanishi H6K5 (finished pics pg9)
Post by: zenrat on February 15, 2018, 12:56:01 am
Cheers Dan.