Hasegawa 1/48 scale Mitsubishi A6M5
I didn’t want to miss “Zeke week”.
I decided to go all out on this one, with Eduard set belts, brake lines, built a copper wire antenna tension spring, wire the engine, cockpit. drill out the exhaust ends and gun barrels. However it didn’t take long to destroy the long rifle barrels, and had less success with constructing new ones out of sprue. I turned to hypodermic needles. The problem was how to reproduce the flash suppressors at the end of the barrels. I tried adding sprue, resin, shrink tubing and flaring out the needle itself with heat and/or friction. just prior to sentencing this project to a never to be reopened box of shame, I came up with an idea of using a 20 gauge needle, over the top of a 23 gauge needle. I first tapered the 20 gauge needle by chucking it into a dremel and at slow speed sanding it at the appropriate angle. I then slipped it over the smaller needle and glued it into place, then cut to the needed length.
Over all, this is a very nice kit. No problems with the build.
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