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Old 03-04-2008, 05:40 AM
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Thought I would share some pics of a model not often seen. This is a warbirdskits.com Ki-43 Oscar. Spring is just around the corner and this one is just about done, all thats left is the radio installation and rigging the retracts and painting. I have gone out of my way to keep it light so it will fly well. The kit is very nice and build quick. The wing fillets and wheel well farings took longer to complete than the rest of the a/c!! Anyone have any flight experience with one of these? Enjoy!



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Old 03-23-2008, 02:56 AM
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Finally got a little paint work done! The maiden is drawing near....



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Old 03-23-2008, 03:00 AM
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That's a fine looking aircraft! Nice work.
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Old 03-23-2008, 03:12 AM
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Thanks, The weather is getting a little better here in Iowa and it should fly in the next couple weeks.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:45 AM
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speaking of weather...

Nice job on the weathering. Did you use the salt method?
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:22 AM
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I used a combonation of salt and rubber cement on the areas where I wanted more coverage. (around the cowling and wing roots). I'm adding panel lines, rivets and exhaust stains next. I found an interesting way to create rivets with spectacular result. The base coat is natural aluminum, so I took a small length of aluminum tube and pressed it lightly to the surface and rotated it slightly. With a little pressure it made a relief mark in the balsa/tissue and left a light aluminum colored circle that looks just like a rivet or dezus fastener. It looks good enough that now I have to do the whole plane! BTW, anyone know of a good glue for canopys? I don't know if white elmers will hold in flight.
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i think there's a canopy glue...

http://zap.supergluecorp.com/pt56.html
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:09 AM
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Maiden flight today!!! It flew straight and true, only needed a few clicks of up elevator. The GP retracts worked flawlessly. It has nice slow flight charactreistics and will do all the basic manuvers very well. My pilot, "Hirachi" did not seek an honorable death today! Thanks to Tom at warbirdkits.com for a great scale model.




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