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A Zero high - part I

March 27 2012 at 5:51 PM

  (Login eazyprinz)
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We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might happy.gif

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero

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Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection

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The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)

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It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)

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With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines

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Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic

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Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior

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A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection

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Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green

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But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition

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The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together

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My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit

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The tail cone is different

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The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes

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.... and another 2 minutes later

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It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick

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The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing

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First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back

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Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins

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No escape possible for the bottom wing

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I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors

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I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended

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I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


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(Login Greg7AC)
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IIRC, the floatplane has NO evidence of the wheel wells.....

March 27 2012, 5:59 PM 

they were built from the get-go without wheels or wheelwells, just sheeted over with smooth metal without a trace. I believe the area had extra gas tanks installed.

And it looks great! Keep on building!

Greg in OK

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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True

March 27 2012, 6:30 PM 

That's why I fill & sand this area

I didn't know they had extra gas tanks there - but makes sense I think

Thanks for dropping in

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(Login djnick66)
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the area under the back canopy is different also

March 28 2012, 3:23 PM 

between the "Zero" and "Rufe"

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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Thanks man

March 29 2012, 2:42 PM 

Checked it and you're right

I just cut off that head rest thing behind the pilot - the Rufe seems to have nothing or not much in the rear of the canopy

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1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
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Fred Coulson
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Back with a vengance (zero actually)...

March 27 2012, 6:30 PM 

Nice one you are doing, all that cutting and chopping what fun enjoy


Fred

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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How I have missed a good bit of chopping

March 29 2012, 2:48 PM 

Unfortunatly it involves also a lot of sanding - which is less fun - to me anyway

Too bad I won't be able to complete it before the deadline - to join your Zero - but I'm aiming to have it finished by Eastern, as I will disappear some time east again then - can't do that with a full plate on the bench



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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

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Phil Ludolph
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Wonderful use of old kit..................Good work as always William

March 27 2012, 7:07 PM 

G'day William,

I have to say you have a noble use for the old Jo-Han Rufe kit. Its good to see great basic conversion techniques and the novel use of mouse traps to hold things together. Keep going with it your on the right track with the new Airfix zero on floats. Airfix are bringing out their great new Swordfish on floats in 1/72 as well. Good work William it looking brilliant so far.

PHIL

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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The Jo-Han Rufe is the most perfect kit for this

March 29 2012, 2:56 PM 

In my humble opinion, since you can still build a complete Zero out of it after robbing the Rufe parts - I don't think you can do this with the other Rufe kits (Revell, Hasegawa, ARII). And luckily the Jo-Han parts look great and are very workable. Well, so far anyway...

I already build a Frog Swordfish on floats some long time ago - but still I'm looking forward to the new Airfix release, I would like to add a camo version to the collection

And the mouse traps... well since we have new neighbours with a cat... we had to find another use for them happy.gif

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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
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(Login Allan31)
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HA.I just got that Rufe !!!..............

March 27 2012, 9:23 PM 

Same kit, got it about a week ago. I was planning on building and painting purple...
I'm thinking I would have just re-finished the Airfix tail rather than making the Jo-Han fit....just me.

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Let's hope you can recover soon enough to get building.........

Thanks,
Allan

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(Login eazyprinz)
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You big rascal :-) !

March 29 2012, 3:01 PM 

You have some very odd but undoubtedly very happy vegetables in your garden happy.gif

I was also considering painting it purple (the Rufe I mean), just for fun, but after all the work done I think I might choose for a more serious colour scheme, I haven't decided yet on grey or green, depends on what decals I can rob from the spare box - but if things go legs up... we will go for purple

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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Massimo La Civita
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"extra motivation to stay together"...LOL at that...

March 28 2012, 3:19 AM 

Can't wait to see how this conversion will end...

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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Despite being a great new tool

March 29 2012, 3:05 PM 

It still fancies some pegs for the fuselage... or maybe it's just me - though it's the second one I build, still I had the same experience with both

I hope it will end good - usually I do my best but somewhere between start and finish something goes wrong and we end up with an average shelf sitter... unlike you

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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Lee Griffin
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Nice one! I love the old Jo-Han kits. BTW, that's the oil cooler. Cheers! n/t

March 28 2012, 11:05 AM 

n/t

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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Of course... the oil cooler

March 29 2012, 3:12 PM 

I could've known... and should've known... the Squadron Signal book has a nice drawing of the Rufe/Zero differences with big words "oil cooler"... but it didn't stick long time in my brain seemingly

This is my first Jo-Han kit which I build and I have to say it looks good, especially considering it's age. I also have the P-47 somewhere which also looks nice, great tooling for a Razorback/Bubbletop version

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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Dan Smith
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Welcome Back, William...

March 28 2012, 12:22 PM 

Although you could do worse than being with your very understanding girl!

Great idea to cross kit. This will be one to watch. You are becoming quite the innovator!

Keep us posted.

Regards,

Dan From Tacoma, Washington USA

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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True

March 29 2012, 3:18 PM 

And I'm glad I have this hobby to keep me busy when we are seperated, then I don't miss her so bad

This Jo-Han kit was perfect for cross kitting, since there is still a whole Zero left by the time I finish the Rufe - so I don't have to lie awake at night about wasted parts happy.gif !

I'm not sure about the innovator thing though - I know a guy who scratch build a Fee, now that was quite something innovative !


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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Great work! Can I ask...

March 28 2012, 7:58 PM 

...why you are going through all the trouble of mating the Airfix to the Jo-Han? Why not OOB Jo-Han? Not criticizing, just curious.

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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2 reasons... well, maybe 3... or 4

March 29 2012, 3:32 PM 

One : keep it Airfix

Two : getting a nicer Rufe - the Airfix parts are simply better and I aim for a very accurate show winning Rufe - but aiming for and getting are two very different things - at least in my life - you will find out soon somewhere in my next posts

Three : the opportunity to do some chopping - so hard to resist

Four :

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference


(Robert Frost)

Now my question Luno - do you think you manage to get pictures back up soon, because we want to see a Finnish Hurricane happy.gif

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1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Ah, my Friday coffee and short story read... :-)

March 30 2012, 1:43 PM 

Put a 'big' smile on my face while reading that one...

Cheers, Vic

 
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