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My kid's first complete build

August 25 2008 at 10:51 PM
JP  (Login YuriDolgoruki)
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Also titled "How to Sneak Military History into a Modern Public School"

My son had a summer reading project due. He had to read at least three age-appropriate books (7th grade) and then complete a project having something to do with one of the books. He had already read some fruity animal fiction nonsense from the kid's section at the library and was fishing around for the third book and a project. SO . . . we check out this list of approved projects, and lo and behold there it is - build a model.

Down to the library we go to get a 7th grade level book on Pearl Harbor, knowing that I have at least two of the old Tamiya 1/48 A6M2 Zero kits in the stash. $7 a pop on discount from Hobby Lobby, small, simple to get together, and a single color camo scheme. Doesn't get any better than that. Here's the plan:

1. Read the book. Ask any questions, go over any details.
2. Talk about the equipment used. We already play a lot of Navy Field, so the kid knows about every surface vessel used, to include the Japanese CVs.
3. What do you know? The Tamiya Zero features decals for a plane that flew from the Akagi into the Pearl Harbor raid.
4. I'll build mine, he watches and builds his identical kit.

Now, he had some advantages over me when I was 12. I did not have an airbrush, compressor, 300 kit stash, every construction and painting supply I could think up, OR someone with 35 years building experience that would sit and show me how to do this stuff.

Anyway, here it is (I hope it shows). The only thing I ended up having to lay hands on the model for was to help him cut the tape on the canopy glass. Other than that, it's all 12 year old. Oh, and this is a clean build because the project was due. Weathering class begins if it makes it back home in one piece. At some point this week, the kids in his class are going to get to hear about Japanese Air Fleet one (Kido Butai), the Akagi, the A6M2 Zero, and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Take that, educrats!! >)

Oh, one last thing. No offense, but I don't really care whether this is the 100% right color for the Zero. I'm not gonna get into that debate, and that was not the point for this build. The last thing I read said to use Floquil's "old concrete", that's what I had, and so that's what we used.

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Thomas Lund
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August 26 2008, 12:01 AM 

First model - wow - I would be happy to make something as nice as that.


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John Krukowski
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Looks better than my last...

August 26 2008, 1:00 AM 

Really nice work!



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william di filippo
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very nice job!!

August 26 2008, 1:58 AM 


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Geoffrey Abreu
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Great job....

August 26 2008, 3:15 AM 

I sure wish I could have done that well when I was 12. I am sure it will be the best project in the class!


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I remember building a Monogram Zero back in 1978, when I was 11...

August 26 2008, 6:13 AM 

I used a light grey from Pactra and distinctly remember hand-painting two wide blue stripes on the fuselage and the red stripes on the tail. Yeah, I really liked that model... but your son's Zeke looks so much better than mine did at that age, it's not even remotely funny. That's an absolutely fantastic effort, and he should be rightfully proud of his work.

And you've earned a kudo or two as well there, Pops.

Well done, both of ya.


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Matt Collins
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Re: I remember building a Monogram Zero back in 1978, when I was 11...

August 26 2008, 10:50 AM 

I was born back then! Didn't the C-47 from R/M come out then, too?

It's good to have a friend here at my shoulder with a little time to spend, til I find love again -F. C. Collins W. C. Bickhardt

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jon g.
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Great Job!!!!!

August 26 2008, 8:01 AM 

most of mine dont look that good!.....jg

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Scott Bricker
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Wow that is nice

August 26 2008, 8:39 AM 

Congrats to both you and your son. His finished model blows away any that I build at his age. Nice job!

I will never forget when I had a similar project on the Battle of Britain and my father pulled every book he had on the battle out of his library. He had taught me how to draw airplanes and I attempted to paint a Spitfire intercepting three He-111 off in the distance, one of my first paintings. That school project is one I look back on and cherish. Hopefully now he has a better appreciate for our fine hobby, yearning for history and some good memories with his father as well.


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(Login J.Healy)
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Very good modeling! I'll take the $7 Zero over the $60 Zero thank you!

August 26 2008, 9:03 AM 


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Phil Marchese
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very, very, good build ...

August 26 2008, 9:14 AM 

evidently the bonding went beyond the plastic, dad. best of luck to your son on the presentation. super decal job.

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(Login YuriDolgoruki)
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You're right

August 26 2008, 2:26 PM 

I was worried about him getting that fuselage stripe on right. Sometimes I struggle to get those lined up just right myself. I looked away momentarily to throw the backing paper in the trash, and by the time I looked up he was smiling at me and waiting for the next decal out of the water. I checked it, and sure as heck, he nailed it just right.

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gary kent
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following in fathers footsteps

August 26 2008, 10:10 AM 

he has talent and a good guide, i'me sure it won't be his last

nicely done

regards gk

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Gerald Goff
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that looks better than anything Ive ever done.Beautiful!

August 26 2008, 12:44 PM 

I see some preshading there.


When in evil company,try to blend in.-Wild Bill Donovan

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Grant Goodale
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Very nice nt

August 26 2008, 1:52 PM 

- Grant
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Dave Orloff
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Looks great!

August 26 2008, 2:02 PM 

Great to have the tools available at an early age... can't wait to see his next!

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Craig in Daytona
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Twelve....? Ya really know how to hit someone where it hurts, doncha ?

August 26 2008, 4:46 PM 

I couldn't do that well at twice that age...come ta think of it, I ain't all that much better now.

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John Doerr
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Better than us old geezers

August 26 2008, 8:25 PM 

Terll your son that it is a great job


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(Login mudmonkey)
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first build

August 26 2008, 10:08 PM 


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(Login Bravosierra001)
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WOW!!! That looks great!!!!

August 26 2008, 10:52 PM 

Excellent looking project! That is one nice looking Zero. Alot beeter than mine. I never finished mine!


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