Friday, 11 August 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 005 - MICHAEL FURRY

1/48 Hasegawa E8N1 Dave
A Dave from Hasegawa? I did not expect that but it was a nice change from their continuous re-releases with different decals.
 At first glance one notices that this kit has multiple insert pieces and that usually means trouble. Not so, dry fitting has proved thus far that the engineering is quite precise. The directions have you assemble the cockpit tub then fit this into one fuselage half and finally, close up the other side. Doing this would have left noticeable gaps between the fuselage sides and cockpit sidewalls. I glued the cockpit sidewalls to the fuselage halves using clamps(this made paining easier too). Dry fitting proved that the floor and bulkheads can be sandwiched between the fuselage halves and more or less "float" without using glue. I made a bulkhead to blank off the rear of the fuselage and used Eduard photo-etch seat belts. I did not spend a great deal of time detailing the cockpit since very little can be viewed, even though it is an open cockpit. I pre-shaded the cockpit parts black then mixed RAF interior green with some dark green for the cockpit color. I used a mix of green and black water color to highlight the shadows, then dry brushed light gray and finally dark gray to simulate some wear.  
Thank you for looking,

Michael Furry, Harrisburg, PA, USA

Michael forgot to mention that he received this kit from Arawasi as the winning prize for the previous modeling contest.


D. Chouinard said...

Off to a good start! Thanks for sharing the info on the cockpit, something I will need to be aware of when I get to mine.

Danilo said... seems this contest will be a long drawn-out one! Very hardened contestants indeed...

zegeye said...

Nice start, but I wondering if ''greens'' are good colour for early DAVE (even for late). Pre war (china war) airplanes interior shouldn't be an a'la french blue-grey ? Or even a fabric colour whatever it was....