About this Group
Several months ago I posted an article about ideas for future group builds. This one received a good response, so here goes !!!!
This group build is for anything that was used by the Japanese following World War One and the time frame for modeling subjects was extended to one year past the end of World War Two. This was done in case anyone wanted to build something Japanese as it would have been found looking derelict or abandoned following the end of the conflict. It also covers the “In between the Wars” years.
The group is open to anyone, and all Aircraft, Armor, Artillery, Naval, and Vehicle subjects are allowed.
It will start today, on April 3rd, 2020 and run until next year on April 1st, 2021. An extension may be granted at a later date if needed. The end date for this group build will not be strictly enforced, so please finish your work.
1. Any scale model may be built.
2. It is not necessary to be a new build. As long as your model is not yet completed, it can be posted here. This was done to help clear off that “shelf of doom” we all seem to have.
3. As long as it was an item the Japanese used, then it can be built. This will include smaller hand held weapons such as Samurai swords, rifles, bayonets, pistols and the like.
4. Captured Allied equipment may be modeled. Germany and Italy also sent examples of various things to the Japanese for evaluation. If you want to build something that falls into this category that will work too. As long as the item you are building was operated by, or somehow used by the Japanese during this era that’s fine. You can build it and it can be represented here. So if you want to build a FW-190 or a Bf-109, as long as you have a set of Japanese insignias on it, that’s fine.
5. Members should open new thread for each of their builds for easier tracking of the progress of the builds.
6. Any level of aftermarket items (or none for that matter) can be used. Actual markings must be used. No “What if’s” are allowed.
7. You can post your model as soon as it is completed. There is no need to wait until the final reveal date to post your work. Please include the tag “Empire of Japan” at the bottom when you post your article. This will allow us to more easily locate and include it when the final reveal is posted. If your model was inadvertently missed in the final posting, please contact me and I will edit the final reveal to include your work.
8. I will most likely have to ask a few of you to assist me with the tasks of running the group. If you are interested in helping out, please send me a message and I will respond back to you as quickly as I can.
9. In today’s current atmosphere of the Covid-19 outbreak, this might help you to cope with the “new normal” which unfortunately is staying home.
Let’s have some fun with this and go build something !!!!
This group build will start immediately and will run for approximately a year. There is an ending date, but it is not going to be strictly enforced. If you have a model that you are working on, and it’s not quite done by the end date, you can finish it and continue to post after the end date has rolled around.
Recent activity in this group
Looking great, my friend @waltosoaring!
Looking gorward to your putting this kit together!
(Pity about your knee twisting…..)
Fun is what it’s all about. and if, like you, there is a nice model at the end it all sums up!
Finally got some quality time this week for the RUFE after pulling all the hip flexors on right hip then twisting same knee a week later in the first week of January OUCH!! Anyway cockpit was completed as far as […]
Now to add the lower gear door covers.
Then attach them in position on the main gear struts covering the wheels.
Now to set the Jill fully on her feet.
Now those pesky looking fowler flaps. […]
Thanks Louis, this was one balance kit in assembly, enough details, quality in the instructions, and overall enjoyment of assembly. Hasegawa still make some excellent kits with just enough details, crisp […]
Here’s a view of the propeller and spinner before weathering. I painted the propeller a metallic colour (SM201) since it was natural aluminum and the spinner with Tamiya’s LP-11 Silver. In the picture below […]
Massive progress! I really like the chipping on this big plane, all looking very nice and to scale.
The chipping method and final result are truly excellent, Woody!
The chipped areas look spectacular!
Same for the prop.
Ok, for real last update. Prop has been painted , red caution lines masked, painted (need to redo one set) and chipped, and the rear of the propellor has been sprayed with MR Color C131 Propellor Color and chipped […]
Last update for tonight. Chipping has been completed and I have tried to keep it minimal to reflect the age of the plane. One trick I use with hairspray chipping is to soak the parts in water. This can either be […]
That’s the beauty of Tamiya kits, there is no need for filler at most seams.
And now to some live updates, the base aluminum and primer have been sprayed, with a layer of hairspray in between. For the primer I […]
Those are some amazing details, Woody!
Lips at wing/fuselage joints is the never ending story of my modeling life 🙂
Well I think it’s time for some updates. I buttoned up the fuselage and glued the wings, control surfaces, flaps etc,. No drama here except I had the slightest lip on the underside wing to fuselage join, s […]
What a magnificent looking plane !!! I am now very tempted to drag out the 5 Zero’s and 2 Mitsubishi G4M’s I have started as a build for Yamamoto’s last flight……….and start a new build journal over here […]
I am off to the headlines!
by grimreaper110[/url], auf Flickr
Splendid! Now, where in the stash did I put mine?
Nice fish Chuck @uscusn!
Yep, almost done, looking great!
getting closer to the finish line
by grimreaper110[/url], auf Flickr
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