Thursday, May 24, 2018


I initially tried to hand paint the rotors black and it did not go well. I then decided to spray paint it black but the brush strokes were still visible. I then used Tamiya Fine Primer spray paint and applied another two coats of black. The results are fine but not perfect. I then masked and applied five coats of yellow for the tips. Once finished with the yellow I moved on to painting the centerpieces with a metal color which I will add some black Tamiya Panel Line Accent in a few days to add some depth to the parts...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Control Panel

Tonight I detailed the control panel with the decal sheet provided and painted various buttons. The decal was a single piece that displayed all of the gauges however due to extruding buttons between the gauges the sheet would not go on flat. As a result, I had to cut each gauge individually and place them with tweezers. While the extra work made it look great I have to admit that this is a bad design on the part of Revell...

Friday, April 20, 2018


As with every scale model I sign my date and year it was built. This helicopter with its wireframe proved to be unobvious for choosing a location and to be honest behind the seat appears to be the only option.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Motor Installed

I now have the motor and pipes installed to the frame. The Exhaust pipes in particular were very difficult to align properly requiring several attempts before I was satisfied...

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Using Valejo Engine wash, I coated the assembled motor to give it a more realistic look. Since the motor is exposed on this early model helicopter I will be able to maximize exposing of the components and want to make sure they look their best.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

On Display

Finally found a hook thay I felt confident enough in to hand this massive scale model from my son's ceiling. Sure looks great and he really likes it!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Tamiya Craft Tools - Electric Handy Drill

For Christmas, my in-laws gave me a "Tamiya Craft Tools - Electric Handy Drill". I've been wanting one since seeing someone use it on YouTube. The best part of the tool is that it is a kit, how ironic. Total build time was only 49 minutes, I wish more of my kits were that quick to build! I tested the drill and it goes really well. The only issue I found is that there is no variable speed, it is either on or off but using old batteries slowed it down to a more interesting speed.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Build Time

I verified my time cards and calculated a total of 5226 minutes to complete the kit for Andy or 87 hours and 6 minutes! How time flies when having fun...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Birthday Boy

Only a few minutes after I brought the kit upstairs son arrived home from nursery school and he was sure happy to see his plane! Happy fifth birthday Andy!

Photo Gallery

Revealing the Pilot

With the final dull clear coat dry I proceeded to remove the mask from the canopy to reveal the pilot inside.

Final Clear Coat

Rushing to get the plane done for when Andy returns home from daycare I spray painted in my heated garage (with a air filter mask of course) a dull clear coat to seal in the decals and give the aircraft a more appropriate military look.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Propeller Installation

Tonight I installed the propeller and nose cone. I used sewing pins that had the ends with the plastic ball cut off and inserted it into the propeller blade. With part of the pin sticking out I inserted it into the plastic part of the shaft, applied some super glue and rotated the blades to the correct angle. Lastly, I glued the yellow nose cone Assembly of this kit is now complete!

Machine Guns!

Drilled three holes on each wing and inserted with glue 1 cm long brass tube that I cut. I prefer tubes over rods so that we can see inside the barrels. Will be painting them black once the glue dries. By accident one of the barrels went too far and fell into the wing. Unfortunately now if you shake the plane you can hear the small part rattle and there is no way to remove it without destroying part of the wing. Oh well...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Installing the Landing Gears

Added small pins to the top of each landing strut and with glue installed them into the wooden surface area of each landing bay area. I then proceeded to install the landing bay doors using some random objects to help keep them at the correct angle while the glue dries. Tomorrow I will apply some touch-up paint as I needed to cut and angle the landing bay doors in the tail section.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Installing the Tires

I drilled holes into the base of the wheel struts and used a rigid wire bent into an L shape to glue it into place. A simple technique that works.

Tail Landing Strut

The landing gear strut for the tail proved to be quite a challenge to build due to the multiple parts at various different angles. Like with the main landing struts I used wood and toothpicks and a lot of trial and error to get it to match the plans as close as possible as I really did not want to use the plastic part provided with the kit.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Main Wheel Struts

Built the main wheel struts out of wood using toothpicks for the torque arms and Tamiya masking tape above and below the aluminum painted pistons.

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.