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Title: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 05, 2019, 07:06:09 am
from http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,46069.60.html
My father sent me money unexpectedly for the new year, in case this is his last year (or mine) :-\
I ordered at Unicraft the Kogiken III twin-fuselage and the Mitsubishi Zero twin-boomer (radial Fokker D-XXIII), then a 1/144 F-16 to complete (I will turn it into a tail-sitter), and there was still a little money remaining: a Zwezda Ju-87 1/144. Thanks Daddy! ;D
I am going to start building this Unicraft unknown twin-boomer, with happiness, even if this is never easy... ;)
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2439_typzero.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 05, 2019, 09:29:02 am
Here are the few parts I plan to use:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2487_fokitsu.jpg)
My goal is to use the radial engines, instead of push-pull with propellers: rather as little jets on the rear lateral sides of the pod, like a twin-boom A-10...
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 05, 2019, 10:36:26 am
To explain my project, I show you how Lockheed made the same (not Fokker-Mitsubishi there): I will build like the first (rejected) design below:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/P38_persp_B_cy.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: NARSES2 on February 06, 2019, 06:15:55 am
Ah the delights of Unicraft  ;)

Looking forward to see what you do with this Tophe
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 06, 2019, 06:21:33 am
Thanks.
I have started gluing, including spinners (without radial engines) as support for putty:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2488_fokitsubishi.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 07, 2019, 02:55:15 am
I have truncated the wings, as usual:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2495_fokitsub.jpg)
(Sorry for this heresy, dear PR19_Kit, but I lack room...) :-\ ;)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 07, 2019, 04:31:11 am

(Sorry for this heresy, dear PR19_Kit, but I lack room...) :-\ ;)


 ;D ;D ;D ;D You're forgiven Tophe, it's OK.  :thumbsup:

Those Unicraft 'mouldings' certainly need some clean-up, they're pretty rough!
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: NARSES2 on February 07, 2019, 06:11:30 am


Those Unicraft 'mouldings' certainly need some clean-up, they're pretty rough!

Obviously had a good breakfast Kit ? That's a very polite way of putting it  :angel: ;D
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: chrisonord on February 07, 2019, 07:30:38 am
I think Tophe has found the best thing to do with a Unicraft kit. Closely followed by putting it in a blender. :rolleyes:
I shall be watching this one for sure
Chris
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: NARSES2 on February 08, 2019, 06:40:15 am
I think Tophe has found the best thing to do with a Unicraft kit. Closely followed by putting it in a blender. :rolleyes:
I shall be watching this one for sure
Chris

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 08, 2019, 07:11:49 am
Thanks! (it makes me feel like I have the skill to turn Unicraft kits into something... I lack skills about undercarriage, camo painting, canopy frames, decal creation, BUT I have some skill of my own...) ;D

Now I have sawed away the belly air scoop, no pusher radial so no ventral air scoop, this is (almost) logical...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2497_fokitsu.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: kerick on February 08, 2019, 09:04:29 am
That kit sure looks small! Carry on my friend, this looks very interesting.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 09, 2019, 07:12:05 am
Thanks.
Now 3 more pictures, going on:
- the radial cowlings are different for pusher and tractor what is no problem, but for my twin-jet, this will be port/starboard asymmetry: weird! (I like it)
- the first sanding is done but many imperfect points require putty again
- so: putty again on the pod (first part, starboard)
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2500_fokitsujpg.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 11, 2019, 08:42:01 am
Sanding seems finished then gluing the first little big jet:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2509_fokitsub.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 12, 2019, 09:25:50 am
Well advanced:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2516_fokitsu.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 13, 2019, 01:38:16 am
Building seems completed:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2521_fokitsu.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 13, 2019, 01:42:29 am
With superglue, gluing is very fast, so painting the underside occurs almost immediately:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2522_fokitsubi.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 14, 2019, 03:44:02 am
Painting the side above:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2535_fokitsu.jpg)
Finishing tomorrow probably.
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 15, 2019, 02:42:34 am
Hurrah, my 31st Unicraft model is finished!
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2538_fokitsubishi.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 15, 2019, 02:50:24 am
And from 4 oblique angles:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2539_fokitsu_x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: zenrat on February 16, 2019, 06:12:14 pm
Excellent.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Scotaidh on February 17, 2019, 02:01:12 am
And from 4 oblique angles:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2539_fokitsu_x4.jpg)

Not to upset you, Tophe - but that looks kinda plausible.  ;) 

Nice build!  :)
Title: Re: Fokitsubishi Zero-zen
Post by: Tophe on February 17, 2019, 07:28:13 am
Thanks!
The important for me is not to look like real but a dream turns plastic or resin object ;)