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Another 1/32 Zoukei-Mura SWS Ho-229 Build

March 4, 2023 · in Aviation · · 14 Comments

Well, it's certainly been a while since I last posted anything on iModeller, but I'm glad I'm back into building models again after a long haitus. I donated my last H0-229 to a museum and decided it was time to build one for myself. I learned a lot form the first build and applied some of that knowledge to this kit. There are still a couple of little things I should have done, but all in all I'm happy with the way it's progressing. The accompanying photos show some of the modifications I made to the engines. Most of the molded-in details were removed and replaced with scratch built or 3D printed parts. Plumbing was added with .010, .015 and .020 lead wire, Albion Alloys wire and tubing. I bought .STL files from Anyz of tubing fittings and printed them on my Anycubic printer. I also used braided line from Anyz. Paints used were from Mr Color, Mr Hobby, Alclad, AK, and Mission Models. I used several panel line washes, oils, and effects from AK and Ammo of Mig. All in all, these took about 50 hours (I'm a slow builder).

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  1. Glad to see you back at iModeler, George @georgelj
    And you returned with an amazing engine, very realistic.

  2. Looks absolutely real, a real gem, George!
    Great to see you back!

  3. Thank you, Spiros. Glad to be back.

  4. Awesome work George @georgelj! 🏆 Man, that engine looks great! 👍

  5. Back with a great to start to your build. If anything like your first one it will be amazing. Looking forward to seeing the ongoing build.

  6. Thanks, Gary. I think this one might be even better. It's going to be westhered/distressed/aged and all that.

  7. I remember your original build, George, I’m sure it’s a prized exhibit at the museum. You’ve made a terrific start on this second attempt. Have you thought about doing a WIP over in the groups section here? If you did, we could all join in and comment on your progress.

  8. That's great work on the engines. They look just like what I saw the one and only time the Planes of Fame He-162 was outside with the engine cowling opened up.

    • Thanks, Tom. Here's a pic of the engine in the Smithsonian.

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  9. Welcome back! Fantastic details, I guess this one will be even better than the museum edition 😉 @georgelj

  10. superb looking engine , cant wait to see the completed model.

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