OK, now I am getting excited. I stopped by Dave Andersen's place last night and picked up a beautiful 7 page set of Ki-45 plans. As usuual, Dave's plans are clear, concise, easy to follow, and this time he also added some photos and detailing information (stencils, markings, et.) directly to the plans to assist the builder. He went out of his way to incorporate as many different scale options as he could, on the plans, for the various models of the Ki-45....Nice indeed! As I looked over the plans last night, I already have a good feel of the construction sequence I will use, and while it is a fairly large model, it appears to be robust and straight forward as far as building. I plan to start cutting templates and wood ASAP.
In addition: With Dave's molds, and Jeff Micko's handywork, I was supplied 2 crisp round polyester fiberglass cowls, 2 lower nacelles with scribed in gear door locations along with 2 upper nacelle fairings for the top of the wings (they slip/glue right over the engine/retract housing box, so no need to strip plank and sheet the nacelles on this beast), a solid fiberglass nose cone (balalst tray as required
) and lower intake scoops. I also have windsreen/canopies, resin exhaust stacks, ABS flap fairings for the rear of nacelle area and tail cone. All will be available from Jeff Micko I believe. And, Dave even supplied some small scale details and stenciling, as well as he even made me up a couple of round cooling rings for the engine nacelles. Dave pointed out that on the Ki-45, the cooling rings hid the full scale cylinders, so no need for dummy radials on this scale bird.
I just ordered my Ki-45 main retracts, and Darrell (Sierra) plans to ship them out next Tuesday.
I will post pictures of the goodies tonight, and then it is off to start cutting template.
Thanks for this beauty Dave!