Friday, January 26, 2018

Masking the Wheels

For Christmas I received a tool (yellow) from my in laws which is able to cut circular shapes. This is great to cut out masks like for the wheels of the fighter plane and it provided great results.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Decals Installed

Tonight I applied the new decals and it looks much better. I decided to use my artistic license and customize the aircraft. I put AB on the tail for "Andy Berthiaume" and placed the number five on the nose since it is for his fifth birthday. The blue on the decals are also much better than what was provided with the kit.

Detailed Landing Gear

I wanted to add some detail to the landing gear so I used Tamiya masking tape which I rolled a few times around the main strut to create the allusion of different sized parts. I then used toothpicks to create a suspension.

Decals Printed!

Finally got those decals printed on the correct type of paper!  Tomorrow I will spray paint a clear on top of the decal to seal it before apply them.

Paint issues, decal issues and paper issues having been causing me a lot of delays and I am worried that I will not complete the kit in time for my sons birthday...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Paper Issues

Went to my local hobby shop to pick up the special paper to print my own decals during my lunch hour. Tonight when I cam to print the decals that I created in Adobe Photoshop I went over the instruction sheet when I realized that I had purchased Laser paper instead of InkJet, darn! Will have to head back to the store tomorrow again to exchange it...

Decal Removal

Removing decals is actually fairly simple once you know how to do it. All that is needed is a roll of scotch tape. I applied small pieces on top and large chunks simple life right off. I decided to remove everything except for the kill markings (Japanese flags).

Decal Issues

I stated to notice that the decals where not adhering very well and in some areas brittle. I touched one and it cracked as seen in the image below. My guess it this kit is very old and the decals have not aged well. I did notice some yellowing on the decal and this is the first time I have had a bad experience. I am also not very fond of the blue color used and after checking color reference photos am sure this is not very accurate. I have decided to make my own with my printer but due to the size I do not have enough special paper to get the job done so I'll need to head back to the hobby shop.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Tonight I installed the decals which went fairly well although I did notice that they were a bit brittle. The largest on the wings are approximately 6" x 3" which are huge as I am used to much smaller ones in 1/35 or 1/48 scale.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Landing Gear Bay Area

Tonight I masked up and started painting the interior of the landing gear bay area green along with the inside of the doors. The tail section was particularly difficult as it was deep and narrow making it hard to access.

More Blue Paint

Today I emptied another can and a half of Tamiya AS-8 spray paint to finish up the blue color. The cardboard accessories I added covered without any issues to my relief.