Sunday, 12 December 2010

A 'Jack' on its own

One of my recent projects is this J2M2 Raiden. The brief called for more than just what Eduard gives in their 'Zoom' set. I was also provided with two other frets, one of them for a George. This was almost enough to detail the cockpit in line with the many sketches and photos I had, and I scratch-built the remaining bits needed.

It's taken time to complete. If you check the photos you'll get some idea of the work involved. I've included additional electrical boxes and wiring, toned all the paintwork and added my own washes to bring out the final detail. The model is ready for overall painting to complement the cockpit. It's so cold in my paintroom at the moment that I feel like Captain Smith every time I go up there.

I've included this series of photographs so you can see the build sequence. For instance, the aperture in the fuselage was large enough for me to install the cockpit after assembly. This was very handy as it allowed me to rub down and prepare the surfaces without the risk of damage to the delicate parts in the cockpit.

More soon.

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