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Meister A6M3 Model 22 Zeke Build

Started by Lane C., September 02, 2017, 09:22:30 am

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Lane C.

Back to wet sanding! Used 1000 and 1500 grit. Took about 2 hours to sand the right side. Still have the markings to add. I sanded the rudder and elevator VERY LIGHTLY with 1500 grit. Didn't want to cut thru the Solar Tex.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Barry Ponder

Way Cool. She's looking like she's out of the 40s.
Barry

Lane C.

Barry, yes, wait till I get the markings on the fuselage! Then clear coated. She's looking good and shabby!
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Decided I had a bit too much sanding on the fuselage and repainted it. Will start over with less sanding. Seemed OK till I looked at the pics in the computer. Sometimes you can be too close to your work. Need to step back and take a longer view of things sometimes.

Used the airbrush with the same cross-hatch pattern as the first painting. Took a number of passes to build up the color, but the splotchy effect is still there.

Not a big deal since I didn't have any markings on the fuselage yet. Just the time lost going backwards.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Kept the wet sanding to a minimum today. Less is More! I think it looks better with the wear below the cockpit area and just splotchy or mottled places. Next are the markings. Gotta finish the paint and get to finishing the build.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Got back on track today. Painted the Hinomarus and tail numbers on the fuselage.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Pulled the plane and stand outside to see how it looked in Sunlight. Wet sanded around the Hinomarus to reveal the light grey surround.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

She's starting to look finished! I spent the day clear coating and then assembled her to see how she was going to look. Let me know what you think! I added some panel lines on the horz tail in pencil. The same lines are on the top, but are hard to see.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Now to that part I hate to do - masking and painting the canopy! Several hours in the making. First had to find a final mounting position for the canopy. Secured it with 3 screwson each side. Then, using the model as a work base, started the masking. After masking, I used a jig from the P-51 build to use as a rest stand. Then began the air brush work. A few coats and then to dry overnight. Will clear coat on Monday.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Barry Ponder

Quite a build. Looks like a page out of history will fly soon.
Barry

Lane C.

Got the Robart Air Kit in and need to find a place for the 43 C.I. air bottle. Looks like it's behind the seat. Might also add a 20 C.I. bottle somewhere. Using that packaging foam that's firm but still flexible. Not sure what type it's called. Will epoxy the foam to the fuselage and either hot glue or velcro the tank to the foam.

Also been looking at the cockpit kit and drug ole Bill out and got a pic of him. He's ready to go.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Still on the Zero! Did several items today. Got the air bottle secured, air lines run to the tail retract, clips to hold the lines in place, tailwheel installed, and air fill and air pressure gage installed.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Been sick for one solid week. Glad that's over.

Built a mount for the retract servo and air valve. Mounted it forward of the cockpit. It's out of the way and should work fine there.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

July 10, 2019, 10:12:14 pm #358 Last Edit: July 10, 2019, 10:17:05 pm by Lane C.
Got the A123 Batts and 12 channel Rx. Working on mounting the batts way forward to save ballast. All 3 batts weigh just over 1 pound. Made a platform on the inside of the upper fuselage. Will secure them with velcro straps. Also, will make a mounting platform for the 12 channel Rx where I show it in the photos.

Also, got the retracts all installed, plumbed, and working. I made a video I'll try to post here.

https://vimeo.com/manage/346978786/general
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII

Lane C.

Fleshed out the Rx mount this morning. Made it removable with some simple brackets. Got a bit more refinement to do on it.
Current Build = F6F TF 86" Hellcat
Just Finished = Meister 118" A6M3 Model 22 Zero
Future Build = BUSA 1/4 Fokker DVII