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PostSubject: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:22 pm

I am going to do this one OOB as a full build review starting with a ITB review.

This is my very first FINEMOLDS model so this should be a bit of a journey of discovery. Well this is the kit...



...and this is the first glance....

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:40 am

Geoff,

The only Fine Molds kit I have in the stash is a Judy.

Box says it can be either D4Y1 or D4Y2, different box art than yours but definitely with the in-line engine.

Good luck. It's a beautiful plane.


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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:10 pm

Interesting looking bird, sort of a Stuka front end look to it, and good to see a Fine Molds kit in progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:51 pm

Well I started it so let me start by giving a bit of detail about the kit. The single big issue is that all instructions are in Japanese which includes the colour call-outs, so you will have to be extra careful with checking and dry fitting in order to make sure you have the right sequence and correct placement. With colour call-outs in Japanese it also means you are going to have to do more research than usual.

The plastic is moulded in light Grey and the quality is quite good with the plastic itself only slightly brittle but hard which also means careful removal from the sprue but at the same time good to chop and sand.

Decals are rather sparse with three optional aircraft that only vary by slight changes on the tail codes so choosing a subject is very easy - I would suggest after market options.

Quite a bit of White metal such as landing gear, seats, cockpit gun and some other minor bits - all of which could really have just been done in plastic!

So far the fit has been fine with no real issues but again you needs your wits about you when referring to the instruction sheet. I think the cockpit may be a bit empty looking so i may add some bits and bobs to fill it up but i'll wait until all the bits are in before i go that route.

I have gotten so far without headaches so all good....

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:42 am

The cockpit is now painted up and weathered.....





...and here it is zipped up...


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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:27 am

Damn, that looks great Geoff

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:21 am

Thanks Phil and Steve - getting there now, painting not too far off....


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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:45 pm

Finished tidying up all the seams, got the cockpit on and now masking up, also did the wingtip Nav lights - painting next:bounce: 


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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:53 pm

looks great Geoff, seems to be going together very nicely!

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:00 pm

Well so far there have been very few issues with this kit. The main ones have been a slight gap where the wings meet the fuselage. small gaps on the bomb bay doors and a slightly off centre cockpit - not of which were too difficult to fix. Aluminium under coat is on....




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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:46 am

jugjunkie wrote:
Well so far there have been very few issues with this kit. The main ones have been a slight gap where the wings meet the fuselage. small gaps on the bomb bay doors and a slightly off centre cockpit - not of which were too difficult to fix. Aluminium under coat is on....



Thats starting to turn out very nicely Jugs.
Very nice aluminium finish btw...

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:22 am

Roll on the colour!

looks great Geoff

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:36 pm

Well the colour is now on as is almost all the decals. The decals were a nightmare, some broke up in the water and while trying to apply - so still some paintwork ahead....




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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:58 pm

That is looking really smart Geoff, did you mean you were going to paint touch up the broken decals?

they look weathered like the paint which looks great

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:53 pm

Hi Phil, no those have been weathered, I need to completely paint some that simply disintegrated. Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:01 pm

Got most of the weathering done now....


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PostSubject: Re: Finemolds 1/48 scale D4Y1 (Judy)   Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:49 pm

I like that Geoff, Cool just enough paint wear, looks really good.

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