Monday 18 May 2020

Nakajima E8N1 "Dave" By Michael Furry

1/48 E8N1 Dave

I have finally complete my 1/48 Hasegawa E8N1 Dave. I would like to again thank George for the kit as it was a prize from the Ki-43 contest. I wanted to depict a Dave that had been used and perhaps a bit neglected, maybe getting close to the end of its useful life. The Hasegawa kit presented many challenges and obstacles along the way, but my perseverance paid off in the end.
Enjoy the photos,
Michael Furry
Harrisburg, PA



Pankoub said...

Very nice looking Dave there!

David Brizzard said...

Always great to see another floatplane. Good job. Thanks.

Dan Salamone said...

Beautifully done model, looks very convincing. Thanks for sharing it with us!


D. Chouinard said...

Beautiful! I really like the effects you were able to achieve and the details you have been able to put in. I have the same kit, so I was very interested to see how you handled some areas. What did you use for the wires between the wings, since in real life they had a flattened airfoil section? I seem to remember that scale "flat" section wire was available at one time, but don't know the source.
Fantastic work!

Michael Furry said...

Thank you for the comments, I appreciate them!
For the rigging wires on the wings, tail, and wingtip floats I used .010 steel wire. On the center float I used .015 steel wire. All of the holes needed to be located and drilled. The kit does not provide any information regarding this. Arawasi International Extra #2 is a valuable resource for this as it provides 1/48 scale drawings, profiles, and amazing photos that I used to locate the rigging locations. The kit does not provide any fairings for the rigging as well. I used resin tear drops from a Classic Airframes Walrus and while not technically correct, they give the impression of an aerodynamic fairing. All of the support struts are very fragile and are easily broken. My lower wings suffered from stress cracks that appeared about a week after I glued the lower wings to the fuselage. The model tried my patience a few times, which is partly the reason for the long build time.
I hope these hints help you out with your kit.


Unknown said...

This is a kit I have never seen built. Mr. Furry is a true master builder. Fit and finish are outstanding. A work of art. I would like to see more of his work.

Eric Vogel said...

A real beautiful model! Thanks for all your extensive construction reports.

Baronvonrob said...

Excellent overall workmanship including very realistic finish and weathering right down to the subtle wear on the red double line prop warning stripes..such a very nice detail !

Well Done Sir !