■The ‘R3350 Engine’ and the ‘Cockpit’ are complete!!
The ‘Wright R3350’ was the most supreme masterpiece of reciprocating engines for aircraft. And as you can see, the final completion ‘OK’ has been given regarding the minute details and the accurate representation of its construction.
The greatest highlight of the SWS Skyraider is the construction of the engine itself. And while you are enjoying this, be sure to also fully enjoy the excellent sculpting of the complex and yet skillfully devised exhaust pipe layout, and the work involved in that.
However, I absolutely advise against rushing through completing the work on the engine section.
Carefully check the fit of the parts many times over, and make sure you’ve memorized the positioning and the construction process before doing the final gluing.
Although the 1/32 scale size has real volume, it goes without saying that this is the central part of the aircraft. It is a detailed section. Enjoy the gradual process towards completion, as you slowly and carefully savor its presence, and its structure. Because make no mistake, it is this, the completion of the R3350, that will surely make this one of the best models in your aircraft collection, one that you will never forget.
And if you have time and confidence in your abilities, go further still; apply extra detailing to the plumbing, wiring, and so on using your own skills and techniques. Do that and I can assure you that this craft will become a truly realistic super model, the likes of which you won’t believe.
After all, even if you put it together plain, just as it comes, it will still be overflowing with detail, just as the pictures show. So the more you apply your own skills, the more you will show off an almost overwhelming completeness.
Huh? So what will I do? Is that what you’re asking? ………welllllllll!?
Lately, my farsightedness is getting worse and worse… grumble.
Right! In that case doing it plain is good enough, so shall I force my employees to put it together for me?
By the way.
This is a secret topic, but this engine… actually, the Zoukei-mura designer has a mischievous spirit. He even sculpted the piston and con-rod inside the engine cylinder.
Of course, since it is for play the engine doesn’t actually start, but when you purchase it, be sure to take a quick look. You’ll likely find yourself grinning in amusement.
In this case, I won’t say anything inelegant like “Who was playing jokes in a place like this!?”, but I’m seriously worried about that. If a modeler with a tremendously mischievous spirit makes a cut model version of the engine, then what do we do??
Also, be sure not to overlook how the engine is firmly mounted to the firewall, the main structure of the body, in a portrayal that perfectly matches the actual craft.
If by some chance you had an actual Skyraider in your possession, surely you would look at this section and smile affectionately, saying the following.
“Wow! This really is very well done, isn’t it?!”
And on top of that, be sure to pay attention to the delicate angle at which the engine attaches to the body.
Of course, when you put on the engine cover, it is almost completely no longer visible.
However without a doubt, the unique value of the SWS series, and the true pleasure of the construction, exists in that section.
Yes, that’s right. Because the external design of the aircraft is decided from the structure that will implement the functions, how they will be equipped, and the results brought together from the designer’s ideas regarding all of those.
Why did the Skyraider have this kind of external design?
Your interest, your theories, can be elucidated one after another with your own hands and eyes, simply by constructing the SWS kit.
And then your mind, the mind of the creator, will clearly remember the path of construction that was the process you went through to reach completion, as well as the details of how it looked, and any troubles you faced.
That lingering memory, the pleasant tiredness, and the joy of completion, shall join together to become a complete whole; your own Skyraider will be truly complete in a way not possible if it were not an SWS kit.
Well then! Only a little longer till release! So please wait in anticipation until then!!
Cockpit, Pilot and Propeller
Is the “handsome pilot” sending a departure signal maybe yourself?
“Akihiro Enku”, the boss of Zoukei-mura, has finished such wonderful figures, filled with a highly realistic sensation that gives you the excitement of beginning a story.
It is great work by the world renowned figure sculptor. The pilot’s posture fits in the cockpit perfectly; the detailed helmet and even his facial expression are well captured. The marshaller is beyond the pilot’s gaze. He looks great as well. To tell the truth, I was deeply moved by him alone.
Then, how wonderful the propeller, which is attached to the engine, is!
The propeller’s details look like it is about to start its rotation with a roar and it makes me almost want to touch it. No, no, no, this is a scale model, but if it is an actual airplane, touching it will surely cause a disaster!!
I know that, but the propeller shows its dignity and power when it is with the engine~! It makes the patient work worth it.
These pictures are of the dry fit of the unpainted main structure of the fuselage.
You can enjoy the Skyraider fully even at this step, so it may be good to leave it here for a while and concentrate on learning the internal structure.
Wait! Displaying the engine separately like an aviation museum does must be a good way to enjoy it as well. Its large fuselage has tremendous impact and an overwhelming presence!!
The sturdy landing gear is also one of the must-see points. It supports the landing and departure of this super heavy carrier-based fighter!
What was the landing and departure of the Skyraider, which was proud to have a payload similar to the strategic bomber B-17, really like!?
The fully equipped Skyraider, dashing in the loud noise from the catapult! The smell, the wind pressure, the vibrations, the Skyraider departs, cutting through the air like an explosion! Oh~, I can just imagine the great intensity of it~!!
Then, when it comes back, the brave Skyraider lands with extreme force against the carrier’s deck! It must match exactly with its tough guy image.
Of course, the landing gear needs to be sturdy to fulfill its function. For our SWS Skyraider kit, we will include two sets of landing gear. One is suspended by the full equipment and it has fine mold details. The other is in the common style. Please use the one which you prefer.
Me? Needless to say, I want to finish models with both of them!
The SWS Skyraider’s landing gear is immovable to be accurate to the actual airplane. Please do not misunderstand it as movable landing gear.
We’re also planning to release weighted tires as extra parts for separate sale, so please look forward to it as well!
Two sets of tail wheels are also included, the naval type and the air force type.
These pictures are of the naval type, which is a little bit smaller. The mold details around here are also fine, like the shock absorbers and the base where it is to be attached to the fuselage.
It’s amazing that this tiny solid tire could manage the impact of such a huge airplane, isn’t it? What an admirable little tire it is!
This part can’t rotate as it is, so please use your own hands to give it that capability. Your ideas will add a dynamic feeling!
In my next post here I’m thinking of posting the package art of the Skyraider, which everyone is curious about. It is in the last stage now.
It’s the Skyraider, so naturally we need to ask an American artist for the package art. So, we had an up-and-coming artist draw it.
Please look forward to the next post!!
The Old Man of Zoukei-mura
If you have any opinions, questions, or requests regarding the SWS, please don't hesitate to let us know.
- Archives -
- The Old Man Blog No.103A Big Hello to All of My SWS Brothers!!
- The Old Man Blog No.102Welcome to the Zoukei-Mura Booth at IPMS Telford! Thank you for purchasing the 1/32 Toryu!!
- The Old Man Blog No.101We went to IPMS Phoenix!! Plus an Exciting Quiz: Guess the Next SWS Airplane!!
- The Old Man Blog No.100Have you got F-4J Marines?
- The Old Man Blog No.099The long-awaited F-4 D, finally available from February 17th (Sat)!!
- The Old Man Blog No.098SWS Brothers from UK & Europe!! Thank you very much!!
- The Old Man Blog No.097The autumn show of hobby world is about to begin!!
- The Old Man Blog No.096We've been here!! Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum!!!
- The Old Man Blog No.095 We went to IPMS Nationals in Omaha!! (Part 2)
- The Old Man Blog No.094 We went to IPMS Nationals in Omaha!! (Part 1)
- The Old Man Blog No.093 Already the beginning of summer?!! But while I was silent, the new release of the F-4S got closer!!
- The Old Man Blog No.092 Happy New Year 2017!
- The Old Man Blog No.091 Greetings for the end of 2016
- The Old Man Blog No.090 Thanks for the instant sell-out!
- The Old Man Blog No.089 SWS F-4J finally ready for its pre-release at the IPMS Telford!!
- The Old Man Blog No.088 The Giant of the Jet-fighters F-4: the Answer from Zoukei-mura - Part 4
- The Old Man Blog No.087 The Giant of the Jet-fighters F-4: the Answer from Zoukei-mura - Part 3
- The Old Man Blog No.086 The Giant of the Jet-fighters F-4: the Answer from Zoukei-mura - Part 2
- The Old Man Blog No.085 The Giant of the Jet-fighters F-4: the Answer from Zoukei-mura - Part 1
- The Old Man Blog No.084 We went to the IPMS Columbia!!
- The Old Man Blog No.083 Hey! Just like I said!! With the SWS kit, you can understand this far the Do 335's secrets!
- The Old Man Blog No.082 SWS Do 335 Thank you for all the reservations we received from all over the world!!
- The Old Man Blog No.081 So, let's build the Do 335!! Last Episode.
- The Old Man Blog No.080 So, let's build the Do 335!! Episode No.5: "this time let me introduce you the work on the main wings!!"
- The Old Man Blog No.079 So, let's build the Do 335!! Episode No.4: "this time I introduce you the work on the main wings!!"
- The Old Man Blog No.078 So, let's build the Do 335!! Episode No.3: "the cockpit is awesome too".
- The Old Man Blog No.077 So, let's build the Do 335!! Episode No.2: "how to build the DB 603 engine".
- The Old Man Blog No.076 So, let's build the Do 335!!
- The Old Man Blog No.075 The soul of a reciprocating engine is finally here!!
- The Old Man Blog No.074 IPMS Telford 2015 Event Report: Episode 3
- The Old Man Blog No.073 IPMS Telford 2015 Event Report: Episode 2
- The Old Man Blog No.072 IPMS Telford 2015 Event Report: Episode 1
- The Old Man Blog No.071 The Old Man's meddling!!
- The Old Man Blog No.070 Here we go!! IPMS Telford 2015 is about to start!!!
- The Old Man Blog No.069 We went to the IPMS Nationals in Ohio!!!
- The Old Man Blog No.068 Come, SWS brothers!
- The Old Man Blog No.067 What is the rear taste of building a kit?
- The Old Man Blog No.066 One of the plastic model kits' tastes (the current taste)
- The Old Man Blog No.065 Spring time! Hobby season has come!!
- The Old Man Blog No.064 Thank you for the pictures of your finished SWS kits!
- The Old Man Blog No.063 Presentation of the finished SWS Horten kit!! 2nd Part!!
- The Old Man Blog No.062 Presentation of the finished SWS Horten kit!!
- The Old Man Blog No.061 The indispensable tools of the Old Man!
- The Old Man Blog No.060 Urgent Notice for all of you who purchased our SWS 1/32 Horten kit!
- The Old Man Blog No.059 IPMS Telford 2014 Event Report: Episode 1
- The Old Man Blog No.058 SWS Horten finally spreads its wing and flies in to the big sky!
- The Old Man Blog No.057 IPMS Virginia 2014 Event Report: Episode 4
- The Old Man Blog No.056 IPMS Virginia 2014 Event Report: Episode 3
- The Old Man Blog No.055 IPMS Virginia 2014 Event Report: Episode 2
- The Old Man Blog No.054 IPMS Virginia 2014 Event Report: Episode 1
- The Old Man Blog No.053 Zoukei-Mura finally headed to IPMS Virginia!
- The Old Man Blog No.052 Development status for SWS HORTEN Kit Part2
- The Old Man Blog No.051 Development status for SWS HORTEN Kit Part1
- The Old Man Blog No.050 Want to see more of HORTEN!!
- The Old Man Blog No.049 The first test shot of SWS Ho 229 is finally getting here!!
- The Old Man Blog No.048 Welcome to JOINT FESTIVAL of our company that will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Volks Inc!!
- The Old Man Blog No.047 IPMS Telford 2013 Event Report
- The Old Man Blog No.046 IPMS Colorado 2013 Event Report 3
- The Old Man Blog No.045 IPMS Colorado 2013 Event Report 2
- The Old Man Blog No.044 IPMS Colorado 2013 Event Report 1
- The Old Man Blog No.043 The so long-awaited Japanese aircraft episode is starting
- The Old Man Blog No.042 Finally, the long-awaited SWS kit, "He 219 Uhu," has started shipping, in order by reservation!
- The Old Man Blog No.041 The final production prototype for SWS No. 6 Uhu is done
- The Old Man Blog No.040 Cockpit Assembly
- The Old Man Blog No.039 We went this year, as well!! The Nurnberg Toy Fair in Germany!!
- The Old Man Blog No.038 For all of our SWS fans and Uhu fans, I have an apology and an announcement!
- The Old Man Blog No.037 IPMS Telford 2012 Event Report: Part3
- The Old Man Blog No.036 IPMS Telford 2012 Event Report: Part2
- The Old Man Blog No.035 IPMS Telford 2012 Event Report: Part1
- The Old Man Blog No.034 The Opening Day of IPMS Telford is Finally Getting Closer!!
- The Old Man Blog No.033 Event Report from IPMS Florida 2012, Final Part
- The Old Man Blog No.032 Event Report from IPMS Florida 2012, Part2
- The Old Man Blog No.031 Event Report from IPMS Florida 2012, Part1
- The Old Man Blog No.030 Delivering Your Hopes along with My Dreams
- The Old Man Blog No.029 Finally, the SWS Mustang will Take Flight!!!
- The Old Man Blog No.028 The Pre-Order Deadline for the P-51D Mustang is Coming Soon!
- The Old Man Blog No.027 SWS Mustang! Long-Awaited Pre-Order Period Finally Started!!
- The Old Man Blog No.026 Delivering the SWS Mustang to All of You Around the World!!
- The Old Man Blog No.025 I Want to Make the Most Beautiful Mustang through the SWS!!
- The Old Man Blog No.024 Event Report from IPMS in Telford, UK #4
- The Old Man Blog No.023 Event Report from IPMS in Telford, UK #3
- The Old Man Blog No.022 Event Report from IPMS in Telford, UK #2
- The Old Man Blog No.021 Event Report from IPMS in Telford, UK #1
- The Old Man Blog No.020 Is Your SKYRAIDER Already Home?!
- The Old Man Blog No.019 Thank You for Waiting!! Your SKYRAIDER is Finally Coming Home!!
- The Old Man Blog No.018 Took a Trip!! To IPMS "Omaha By The Sea"!!! Part 3
- The Old Man Blog No.017 Took a Trip!! To IPMS "Omaha By The Sea"!!! Part 2
- The Old Man Blog No.016 Took a Trip!! To IPMS "Omaha By The Sea"!!! Part 1
- The Old Man Blog No.015 Package design has reached its final stage!!
- The Old Man Blog No.014 The 'R3350 Engine' and the 'Cockpit' are complete!!
- The Old Man Blog No.013 Japan and the Japanese will recover, once again!!
- The Old Man Blog No.012 SKYRAIDER Test Model 1 Debut, Part 2!!
- The Old Man Blog No.011 The SWS SKYRAIDER will fly over the sky of Nurnberg!
- The Old Man Blog No.010 Is Your Ta 152 Being Brought Up Happily!!??
- The Old Man Blog No.009 The time that Ta 152 fans worldwide have been waiting and waiting for has finally arrived.
- The Old Man Blog No.008 Finally, it's just before the release of the Ta 152!! At last it goes to you!!
- The Old Man Blog No.007 Scale Model Reproduction Must Start with Your Gut Feeling! Is What I've Really Come to Believe.
- The Old Man Blog No.006 Ta 152 Means Wings!!
- The Old Man Blog No.005 Forgive Me, Brothers-in-Arms! At This Point, Just Let Me Announce It~!!!
- The Old Man Blog No.004 Also,The Engine Known As Jumo 213E Is Amazing!!
- The Old Man Blog No.003 This Ta 152 H-1 is Amazing!!
- The Old Man Blog No.002 Using plastic, that magicalmaterial,I wont to create a real airplane!
- The Old Man Blog No.001 Passion for the Product Launch Process