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Since I have a little spare time left for the weekend's turkey shoot, I thought I’d see if I could knock this one out too.  The Tamiya 1/48 Fieseler Fi103 V1, or, as it’s more infamously known, the ‘Doodlebug.’

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This is an even simpler kit than the previous Ohka, the assembly instructions being printed on the reverse of the box.

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The runner shot.  Again, only one runner, and again almost half the parts are for the trolley.

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And finally, the decals.

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Should be easy enough… he says, tempting fate!


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Work begins on the main body, and as expected from a Tamiya, the fit was perfect.

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Engine intake and front grid painted in Mr metal burnt iron.  I do tend to use that one rather a lot.

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I sniped ff the pitot tube and the air vane off the front to stop them getting damaged.  They’ll be re-attached at the end.  I believe the little propeller’s function was to act as some sort of odometer, counting down the miles till the bomb was over the intended target.  It would then cut the motor, and send the whole thing plummeting earthward.

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After sanding the joints there was just the merest hint of a seam line, so a little dibble of Mr Surfacer 1200 should take care of it.

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While that was going off, I started the chassis of the trolley.  Had to be careful, I very nearly cut the chassis rail here, instead of the runner gate.

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Surprisingly, for a newish Tamiya, there’s a mold parting line on the main-frame.

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Flory sanding sticks made it go away.

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The bulk of the trolley assembled.

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With luck I might have most of the build done before end of play tonight, leaving me with priming and painting tomorrow.

 


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One last quick update before nity-nites.

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All ready for priming and paint in the morning.

 
 
 

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Quick break for a caffeine injection.  Here’s the state of play.  All primed, using Mr Surfacer 1500/SLT.

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Wooden load bearers done the same way as yesterday, Tamiya wooden deck tan and 502 ochre, then sealed with a coat of matt varnish.  I’ll mask that up when it’s dry, before painting the chassis.

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Underside painted with Vallejo RLM 76 light blue.

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So far, so good.


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Trolley is complete.  Chassis sprayed with Mr Metal steel, as were the wheel hubs.  Rims are AK rubber black.

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Upper surface is Vallejo RLM 74 grey green.  As I reached for the Panzer Putty to mask it, I thought it might take a while to do all the masking.  So I wondered, could I do it freehand?  I had a bash, but I think I was holding the airbrush a little too far away.  The demarcation line is a little too speckled for my liking, but on the bright side the speckling is even and consistent, so it isn’t too bad.

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Klear coated.

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Decalling next.


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Decals on.  Unusually for Tamiya, they didn’t seem too bad, though admittedly they all consisted of nothing more than stencils.

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Weathering, again, was minimal, just a pin wash to highlight the details.

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Little prop re-attached and painted Vallejo aluminium.

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And finished!

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Another fun little build!  Greatly enjoyed this year’s turkey shoot, big thanks to Phil and the team for organizing it all.

 
 
 

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