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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/48 Hasegawa Ki 43 Hayabusa build
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 11:33 PM GMT+7
Thanks gents for the kind words !

Hubert - thanks for the photos- these are a few I have never seen. The bottom one is of particular interest as some of the drums have three stripes and also appear to have lighter tops. I may do one of the drums in this fashion to break up the monotony. All the aircraft components in the photo seem to be IJN subjects so perhaps the stripes are peculiar to naval supply but I may play the artistic license card again and use the idea anyway !

Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM GMT+7
Hi Richard

That is a very neat idea on the fuel drum. Seeing Hubert's shots, I'll have a hunt through my references to see if I can spot anything. I'll post it if I do.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM GMT+7

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Hi Richard

That is a very neat idea on the fuel drum. Seeing Hubert's shots, I'll have a hunt through my references to see if I can spot anything. I'll post it if I do.

All the best

Rowan



Thanks Rowan - All the best because you're the best ! - Richard
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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 - 02:21 PM GMT+7
Cool touch for your Hayabusa scene!!! Im also going to scan my references to see if I can find anything useful for you
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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 - 02:28 PM GMT+7

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Cool touch for your Hayabusa scene!!! Im also going to scan my references to see if I can find anything useful for you



Thanks Mike !
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Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 - 03:43 PM GMT+7
Richard so far through several references, mostly of IJA aircraft, I havent noted standout details on the fuel drums, which are frequently seen. I did notice the barrels with 3 stripes painted round the center section were frequently seen but only in what appear to be IJN settings. I did see several barrels with variations of corrugations around the top and bottom thirds of the drums. I saw these in both IJA and IJN settings.

So not much to work with but I do like the artistic license youve applied thus far. That and some liberal application of dents and weathering should create plenty of interest.
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 09:48 AM GMT+7
I think the scene composition is pretty well pinned down with the exception of the back corner where I am toying with the idea of a stand of bamboo - nothing says Asia to me quite like bamboo so this will depend on how well I can pull off the bamboo. The name plates have been finalized and are off to the engraver and I should have them in hand next week.



Here are a couple more studies for the ground work - I've settled on a mixture of Durham's water putty and acrylic craft paints to tint it to a rich grey/brown/green turf color. The paint really slows the drying time but that is a plus as it gives more working time. Left overnight in the closet with our heat system bakes it very nicely. I plan to have a chalked flight line/ propeller warning stripe on the grass and this can be seen in one study . A simple acetate stencil and airbrushed white paint seems to do it -



Here is the final choice for the static grass adhesive - acrylic matte medium tinted to medium green/brown with Vallejo Model Air-



I'll be working on the fuel drums some more as well as some wheel chocks and other details while I sort out the bamboo thicket method .

Thanks for looking in ! Richard
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:20 AM GMT+7
Richard,
Great start to the texturing of the base.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 01:03 PM GMT+7
Beautiful work on the base so far Richard .



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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM GMT+7
Joel & Terri - Thanks for the compliments, moving forward inch by inch .

Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:15 AM GMT+7

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Joel & Terri - Thanks for the compliments, moving forward inch by inch .

Cheers - Richard



Richard,
The important thing is that you're moving forward. I can't count the number of times my movement was back where I just came from.
Joel
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:56 PM GMT+7
Hi Richard

Nice progress on the base. I'm afraid I haven't been able to find many photos of fuel drums in my books that are likely to be a great deal of help. There's one with what appears to be of an end cap painted and bearing characters:



Another with what looks like a band of characters around it:



And, finally, a clear shot of a coloured band on a drum fitted into the rear cockpit of a Ki-9 trainer as an improvised kamikaze aircraft:



I've found a few shots of plain drums, but it's a bit of a surprise and rather disappointing how few of my reference photos have any fuel drums in them.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:35 PM GMT+7
Thanks Rowan - I think the center picture is a real find as it looks very similar to what I have done - a validation of sorts. I have seen the top photo before but not that large and I think I may do the top of one of the drums in that fashion . Interesting to note that the drum in the back appears to have " J NT " or something similar in none - kanji characters . The last picture of the drum in the Ki 9 is also interesting- I think it may be possible that what we are seeing as a painted stripe may actually be a strap of some sort securing the drum .
All pics are great finds and very helpful - Thanks again ! Richard
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 05:29 AM GMT+7
Hi Richard

I also wondered whether the last photo shows a strap, but the reason I included it is that I'm sure I spotted a photo during my original search of a barrel on the ground with a painted ring at each end in a similar position. Typically, though, I couldn't find the photo again when I did the scans this morning!

In the first photo, I'm not sure if it's another drum in the background or a stack of boxes - I can see it either way, depending on how I look at it.

All the best

Rowan