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All for Naught, pt. 1

July 1 2012 at 9:31 AM

Stuart Milliken  (Login StuartMilliken)
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'Naught' as in 'Zero', that is. I decided to start in on the nice new Zero Greg sent me. (Sorry, Graham, I'll get to the Curtiss soon, but I find myself in a Japanese mood just now.) And just let me say: this is a nice kit. Panel lines are reasonable, well-detailed cockpit, beautiful engine, thin clear canopy--pinch me, I must be dreaming!

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon basically just washing everything in detergent, clipping the parts off the sprues and cleaning up the attachment points. A pleasure to do with such nicely molded parts. Here's the bunch:

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I'm doing this one pretty much out of box, but am making minor improvements such as drilling out the seat holes (which come as mere dimples):

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I'll also make some basic seat belts.

There have only been a few minor problems. It turns out one of the prop blades got bent in shipping and the delicate control stick was broken, but I was able to unbend the blade and glue the stick pieces back together (thanks to Tamiya Extra Thin Cement). So that was a happy outcome. More unfortunate is that the canopy has some black flecks of something molded in the plastic:

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Never had that problem before; I'm simply going to ignore it. Probably just some Wasabi or something that the pilot got on the windshield.

Not much to see so far, but I think this one should go fast--no fussing with rivets, no correcting shapes, no scratch building, just paint, glue and decal--Yippee!


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