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My Next Build- The 1/32 Zoukei Mura Do-335

This looks like it's going to be an interesting build and hoping that it is both as enjoyable and as rewarding as the Z-M Ho-229 I finished earlier in the year. The sprues all look pretty amazing, but the only thing I'm not too keen on is the translucent plastic they use for the wings and fuselage. In order to achieve this, Z-M molded these parts with a very slight pebbly texture like frosted glass that really shows up when painted. Since I'm not building it this way, I'll have to spend a considerable amount of time sanding and buffing the large number of parts involved. It's a shame, really and I would much rather have the option of purchasing the "see-through" kit separately.

Box art

The instruction manual Z-M provides is outstanding and looks much like an RLM document from WWII. Illustrations are concise and photos are provided showing the assembled and painted subassemblies.


I started out with the control pedals which are the first items in the instructions. According to the photos I've seen on the interweb, these had what looked like leather restraining straps attached to them. I replicated this feature with strips cut from wine bottle foil (a Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, for those who are interested) and 1/48 MiG 29 seatbelt buckles from an Eduard set I had lying around.

Z-M's paint suggestions seem a little bit off to me and finding reasonably good quality color photos of this aircraft has been difficult. Keep in touch for more on this build as it progresses.

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