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Old 04-04-2009, 03:07 PM
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Japanese Type 3 "Honi III"

Hi again all,

Right, im determined to attempt a true SBS, utilising the FineMolds Type 3 "Honi III"

Here is the box art...



I'll be building OOB, apart from Barrel and Friuls. Here is the barrel, awaiting Friuls..



For painting I'll use the recommended Mr. Color paint set for the main colours...



and assorted other paints

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Old 04-04-2009, 03:10 PM
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Reference material is low on the ground. Apart from a few internet based grainy B/W photo's, and internet based hand drawn picture, I only have the following source materials.....





If anyone can recommend further info, ESPECIALY regarding the interior of the 'turret' it would be appreciated
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:13 PM
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OK, moving on, the instructions....

Sprue details...



and assembley....











(More to come)
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Instructions continue....





and paint scheme......

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Old 04-04-2009, 03:19 PM
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The Sprue's....

Sprue 'A' (Two of these)....



Sprue 'B' (again, two of these)...



Sprue C (Just one) ....



More too follow...........
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:23 PM
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Sprue 'D' (again, just one)....



The 'Turret'....



The 'Perspex' (i'm concerned that the vision blocks are 'blanked out' in the instructions . Hopefully I'll find a use for them)



The P.E......



and the Transfers...

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Great start. Hardly ever see anyone do Japanese Armor.
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Fine Molds kit looks very good. Nice start and I'm wait for more photos !
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Okee Dokee,

Been away for some time, but have advanced a bit.

Ive added most of the suspension, though I've replaced the springs with scratch made (from rod and soldering wire) as the kit springs were too awkward to sand properly.

I also had to scratch build a bracket/support for one of the central return rollers due to an agressive attack from the 'Carpet Monster' It's not 100% identical to the kit bracket, but will suffice I hope

Minor filling of sink holes was also required

Here are a couple of pics of the suspension as it stands...



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Now, onto the hull top

Pictured below are the initial components for assembling the upper hull...



All the parts went together quite well, though some minor filling with Mr. Surfacer 500 was required, and here is the hull top dry fitted...











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