A Zero high - part I

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A Zero high - part I

Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

March 27th, 2012, 9:51 pm #1

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

March 27th, 2012, 9:59 pm #2

they were built from the get-go without wheels or wheelwells, just sheeted over with smooth metal without a trace. I believe the area had extra gas tanks installed.

And it looks great! Keep on building!

Greg in OK
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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

March 27th, 2012, 10:30 pm #3

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Nice one you are doing, all that cutting and chopping what fun enjoy


Fred
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

March 27th, 2012, 10:30 pm #4

they were built from the get-go without wheels or wheelwells, just sheeted over with smooth metal without a trace. I believe the area had extra gas tanks installed.

And it looks great! Keep on building!

Greg in OK
That's why I fill & sand this area

I didn't know they had extra gas tanks there - but makes sense I think

Thanks for dropping in

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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: August 6th, 2008, 1:27 am

March 27th, 2012, 11:07 pm #5

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
G'day William,

I have to say you have a noble use for the old Jo-Han Rufe kit. Its good to see great basic conversion techniques and the novel use of mouse traps to hold things together. Keep going with it your on the right track with the new Airfix zero on floats. Airfix are bringing out their great new Swordfish on floats in 1/72 as well. Good work William it looking brilliant so far.

PHIL
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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 10:40 pm

March 28th, 2012, 1:23 am #6

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Same kit, got it about a week ago. I was planning on building and painting purple...
I'm thinking I would have just re-finished the Airfix tail rather than making the Jo-Han fit....just me.



Let's hope you can recover soon enough to get building.........

Thanks,
Allan

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Joined: March 9th, 2008, 11:37 am

March 28th, 2012, 7:19 am #7

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Can't wait to see how this conversion will end...
Massimo LaCivita
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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

March 28th, 2012, 3:05 pm #8

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: April 2nd, 2007, 11:33 pm

March 28th, 2012, 4:22 pm #9

We will not paint this one purple - or maybe we just might

Ahoj Airfix critters

I was hoping to finish one more Pacific project before month end but the missus had other interesting plans with me - so I hade a late start with my new project yesterday evening

I will use the Jo-Han Rufe parts on the new Airfix Zero



Earlier this year when I was on a Zero high, a good friend donated his Jo-Han kit to me, to complete my small scale Zero manufacturer collection



The kit has parts for a version with wheels (the Zero) - or with floats (the Rufe)



It's a very nice tooling - especially for its age (early or mid 1970s ???)



With very familiar (new Airfix !) engraved panel lines



Though the smaller parts - especially the wheels - are rather basic



Decals look old and cracked - Nakajima was the subcontractor to build the Rufe version

Note the 3 part canopy - which may be useful to show off the nice Airfix interior



A long time ago people believed Rufes to be purple

And think about it... there are really not many opportunities to get a purple model in your collection



Work started with assembling the Airfix cockpit

Painted in Vallejo Model Air Interior Green with a 1/5 drop of Amarillo Yellow to represent Nakajima interior green



But my black oil wash made it look too dark

A Tamiya tape seatbelt was the only addition



The fuselage halves needed some extra motivation to stay together



My first idea was to use the bottom centre wing of the Rufe kit - but it was 1 cm too short from leading edge to trailing edge, so I decided to close the Airfix wheel bays

It took me some time to realize separate pieces are provided for this - as the wheels up doors were not a great fit



The tail cone is different



The joys of being Freddy Kruger for 2 small minutes



.... and another 2 minutes later



It was a very reasonable fit - except the vertical stabs on the Jo-Han parts are rather thick



The Rufe had the radiator (?) in the pylon of the main float (if I expressed myself correctly), so this part had to go from the Airfix wing



First the upper wings - with just a little bit of glue at the front and the back



Then use more glue at the bottom to seal the joins



No escape possible for the bottom wing



I decided to fill the deep Airfix panel lines

But I will do this in two steps - first the fuselage and the wheel bay doors



I'm afraid I will not be able to finish this one before month end due to my late start - but I will try to get a lot of fun out of it - and so far so good... but there's a lot of sanding ahead of me (oh why did I pick this project, I wonder...)

What about the other parts in the Jo-Han kit ?

Well... maybe I will build it on the 1/72 forum with the kit's Saburo Sakai decal markings - for those interested, this is one of the best "pilot biographies" I read in a long time - very hard to put down - highly recommended



I also would like to thank everyone for the comments on my Hellcat a great many days ago - and I will now do my best to catch up with all the great work done here while my (very friendly) girlfriend kept me busy - sigh...

Thanks for your kind interest people - bless you all !


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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Although you could do worse than being with your very understanding girl!

Great idea to cross kit. This will be one to watch. You are becoming quite the innovator!

Keep us posted.

Regards,

Dan From Tacoma, Washington USA
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March 28th, 2012, 7:23 pm #10

That's why I fill & sand this area

I didn't know they had extra gas tanks there - but makes sense I think

Thanks for dropping in

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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
between the "Zero" and "Rufe"
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