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johnnytodd

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Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:55:58 PM »
Well, I managed to make some progress on my Nakajima Kate torpedo bomber in 1/56 scale.  Not sure I'll make my deadline of 8/31 as I still need to hollow out the cockpit for three crewmen, create the crew, construct the landing gear, prop and torpedo...and paint!


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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 04:11:17 AM »
You capture the lines of the Kate. Look f0rward to how you do your cockpits. Please post photos and details.

Lou

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56 - cockpit excavation
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 04:02:35 PM »
Chipping away at the cockpit with a jewelers saw:


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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 06:33:26 PM »
A bit more work done on the cockpits.  I use a flex-shaft high speed drill with a reamer? bit to open up the compartments.

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 06:34:52 PM »
Tonight I cut the tailwheel out of 2mm mild steel. Brass would have been easier to cut but I have plenty of steel

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 11:18:49 PM »
Wonderful approach. Unfortunately for me I have no metals other than tin cans. However your ideal would be great on smaller 1/144 scale tail wheels. So the next 1/144 project may contain such parts. Blade antennae come to mind in any scale. Thanks for the tip.

Lou

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56 - Tool Suggestion
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 05:37:16 AM »
A while back I bought a set of cheap Chinese leather punches from ebay - turns out they work well for scoring wheel lines into basswood:




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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 10:44:31 AM »
Looks great

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 10:44:49 AM »
I sent you a copy of the Profile Publication Nakajima B5N2 Kate

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 09:58:53 AM »
Well I finally finished the Kate!  Here are some photos:


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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 12:04:26 PM »
Fantastic workmanship. One to be proud of.

Lou

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 03:34:14 PM »
 
 Well Done John! Looks great.

 Looking forward to the Buffalo.

 Gordon

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Re: Nakajima B5N2 Kate in 1/56
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2017, 08:27:47 PM »
Very impressive John!!

The camo looks great. Needless to say the open cockpit with figures certainly adds to the model. - ken