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1/48 Tamiya A6M2-N Rufe

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ajd3530   

I have been a member here for some months, but this is the first build I have posted on here. I have been in a rut, a modeling purgatory so to speak. While I have many projects going along at some point of progress, I haven't actually completed a model 100% all the way to the shelf since early March. So I need something simple, something interesting, and most importantly, something FUN! This kit will fit the bill on all 3 fronts.

So without further ado, here is the obligatory box shot.

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This is the 1983 boxing, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that the decals are still usable. Back at the first of the year, I did Tamiya's Ki-84, and was thoroughly impressed with the relative ease of build and end result. Not exactly shake-and bake like their P-51 or Wildcat, but still, it was a very fun kit. (Warning, shameless plug of a prior build)

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This Rufe kit is of the same pedigree as the Ki-84, and I am looking forward to putting her together.

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ajd3530   

Thanks! I was rather surprised how nice it turned out, considering my skillset.. Or lack thereof?

Started tinkering on the Rufe tonight. Put together some sub-assemblies. Here are the outrigger floats and main wing assembly.

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And some fishing weights gorilla glued into the front of the main float.

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Accurate or not, I decided that I wanted to do the cockpit in an aotake finish. What works best for me is a light coat or two of Model master "metallic interior blue" enamel over a coat of aluminum. Here I have a light coat of Model Master Acryl aluminum down on the cockpit pieces. I've discovered it is best to let acryl cure before I put a coat of enamel paint on top of it, so it is sitting over night.

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Boy its a good thing I finally used up the last of my Tamiya extra thin, or I would probably be tinkering with this thing till 6AM.

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Good start. I built this kit a few years ago, and it was a blast. I packed at much weight into the float as I could, in fact one of my heaviest models, and it still teeters on being a tailsitter if you tap it just enough it flips.

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ajd3530   

It sure is a change from the typical dull greens and grays, isn't it?

Anyways, it now has a coat of semi-gloss lacqure drying on it, (the MM metalic interior blue drys to a nice, smooth gloss finish) then the pit will be ready for detail painting.

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Got the cockpit all detailed up aside from the IP. Had a snafu on the gloss coat for the IP decal. I HATE decal panels, but that was the only option here. Hopefully pictures tomorrow

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dnl42   

How's it coming along? Love the aotoke effect; looking forward to more!

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ajd3530   

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Finally go the cockpit together on the Rufe. It sat waiting around for 4 months on me to finally apply the IP decal.

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dnl42   

That's a great job on the cockpit. Have you been able to get more bench time on this?

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