Decals & Detailing – Hasegawa Typhoon Mk.IB 1/48 kit

Starting another post for the 2nd half of this kit, so the site doesn’t load too slowly (with all the images).  The first post can be found here.

The decal kit is great, and is a lot of fun, challenging.. but not back breaking.  I spent a couple hours putting on the main decals so far, using the standard soak in water for 20 second method.  What I’ve found, and strongly suggest is that everyone should invest a little time and locate some Walthers Solvaset.  Used, while a decal is drying or dried, just gently spread some drops of it on top of the decal, and let it do it’s magic.  The first time you use it you will think it’s melting and ruining your decals – but you really just have to wait it out..  After it’s completely dry you will notice the decal appears like it is literally painted on your model, hugging all the fine grooves and surface features of the plastic itself.  In my opinion, next to detailing (which I do after all decals are set) is the most important thing you can do to make your model look like an actual piece of art, as opposed to a toy.

Anyways, here’s some photos.

Without a doubt, the hardest part were the black D-Day stripes on the underside of the wings.  You can see on the picture of the decal sheet that they simply aren’t 8 different stripes, rather they are cut up into various small segments.  This is due to the fact that they span the landing gear as well.  What a pain, but it’s really a nice effect when you work through it.

In this pic you can see the difference solvaset makes.  On the cream fuselage stripe near the tail, notice how you can see the decal snug up and hug the columns of raised rectangular features on the plastic.  Also, if you look a little to the left of that feature you will notice that the “JR371” decal doesn’t look that good – you can see the film of the decal sheet.  This is because I haven’t applied Solvaset to it yet. Anyways, will post more pics as I finish up decals and move on to detailing and weathering!

Hasegawa Typhoon Mk.IB 1/48 kit

Started this sweet hawker typhoon kit today! Will upload pics as I progress

Pics taken from iPhone and the whole post is being written and published from the WordPress app for iOS.

Kit is nice but a little disappointing in areas such as the wing to fuselage fit. Check out the surprisingly large gap on the top. Luckily the underside is a nice snug fit, but I’m not looking forward to filling in a gap that size wih putty. 🙁

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Tamiya Ki-84 Hayate (Nakajima)

That ugly little Brewster Buffalo

Just got Tamiya’s 1/48 scale Brewster Buffalo (Pacific Theater) kit from Amazon”!  Free shipping and around $20, a fair find considering they are running about the same on ebay plus some shipping.  The kit itself looks rather simple, as you can see there aren’t many parts.  One of the big draws for me was the option to use Dutch or British decals.  I’d love it if the kit offered Finnish decals – now that would be a really hard choice for me … Dutch or Finnish?  Hmm, either one is suh a treat for the obscurity factor alone.  Anyway, it’ll probably be a couple months before I get to this kit.  I need to finish the Tamiya, Grumman F4F Wildcat I’m working on first.  Look for later update as I start working on this kit.  

I’ll post some pics of the Wildcat as a work in progress too.