Hasegawa's 1/72 scale
Kawanishi H8K Emily
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Emily is available online from Squadron
Here is my Hasegawa 1/72 scale H8K “Emily”.
Sometimes ago, I dared to tackle Hasegawa's great flying boat. Considering this ancient giant originates from the dawn of modeling, it was not all too bad to build. Further detailing and correcting some time-specific features are obligatory. Keywords here are: rivets, toy like movability of parts, clumsy size of the plastic- oh yes, did I mention rivets…?
On the other hand you have a well dimensioned representation of a really rare and seldom seen aircraft.
On beginning this build, I decided to paint all the surface structures on: a vivid and animated surface should be able to give a good impression of the aircrafts well worn surfaces and would hide all the clumsy clear parts, which would not blend into the fuselages contour. For this, I used artist’s water colour and pastel chalk, the decals came from spare parts. A lot of parts have been scratch built or further detailed, in particular this is true for cockpit, watering gear and the engines. A mannerism of this kit: on some areas, parts have not to be added but to be cut away. Hasegawa provides a lot of hooks and eyes that are thought to be used to tie the rigging of the floats or a drag rope…
But, finally, I succeeded in finishing this unusual challenge- after nearly three years of building and putting it beside, a lot of workspace will now be free on my workbench!
If you would like to have an impression of the original kit parts and the working process, have a look at the JAM forum.
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2012 by Roland Sachsenhofer
Page Created 8 May, 2012
8 May, 2012
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