IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ZERO FIGHTER A6M3 MODEL32 SWEET 1/144

The plane that I made for the first time on 1/144 scale was Zero Battle. It was completed in September 2015.

1/144 ZERO FIGHTER A6M3 Model 32 Air Battle of Solomon (SWEET)
– CV ZUIKAKU Fighter Group 1943
– X-151, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito

Box package of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I make a small airplane of 1/700 scale with the carrier-based planes of the cruiser. Because I thought that how about when I make a little larger one, I make this Zero fighter.

Box package of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When an upper package is turned over, it’s this illustration. It’s surprise a little that the box art is a comical one.

all parts of 1/144 zero fighter

A runner for 1 plane of the included part is this picture. There isn’t so much number of components.

building zero fighter 1/144 scale

Because it is too delicate parts, even cutting apart and the gate forming from a runner are timidly working. It’s difficult to use a motor tool.

Zero and Seiran

I worked this Zero in the interval of Seiran building. The work of the different scale should not run side by side, I suppose. It is a strange feeling. If I would like to build more planes, it’s better to have same scale only in 1/144, for example 4 planes run side by side.

canopy flame painting of Zero 1/144

The frames of the canopy are handwritten. It’s warped a little? Because the cockpit does not have much detail, it’s better the canopy is moderately clouded and looking from around 30cm is nice looking.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

They’re delicate parts, so it isn’t put together too early.

Zero fighter engine

I hardly saw it when completed even if I painted the engine with effort. But it is a good feeling.

painting Zero fighter 1/144

It isn’t the scale which sticks to a small thing, I was a little interested in being no pitot pipe, so I use a metal wire of 0.2mm and shaved half to thin. When I make an improvement even a little, having a passion for this model.

canopy masking, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I glued a canopy and masked it.

base color painting, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When paying attention, the assembly is easy, but it isn’t so different from 1/48 scale painting process.

pasting tiny decals, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I am pasting decals on them. The Cartograf decal is beautiful.

pasting tiny decals, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I have to draw a yellow band in an air-to-air bomb number 3, I use a yellow part of the tank decals before I made.
(19-September-2015)

Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 build and painting to finish

Sweet’s package was in a set of 2 planes, so I made both. The 1st plane is a carrier-based plane of aircraft carrier Zuikaku. I painted it in light gray. There are theories in the aircraft color of the Zero Fighter, I’ll try next time in a thin green version.

Pitot tube and an antenna line in a metal working.

I added a Pitot tube and an antenna line in a metal working. It is most suitable for training of the careful work.

The 1st plane is a carrier-based plane of aircraft carrier Zuikaku.

Though there is not complaining if I do it well a little more about the painting of the cockpit frame. When I keep distance a little more and see it, I never have any problem, even as for this.

Zero fighter Sweet 1/144 completed

Well, this is my first 1/144. I’d like to do better next.

cover of a landing gear is made thinner, 1/144 aircraft model

When the cover of a landing gear is made thinner, the feel of a material seems raised.

1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

There are also a red decal of a fuel tank cap and a yellow band decal.

making of 1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

A wing-tip was a little short square type, and zero type 32 became strong in a combat mobility. Spitfire of the tropical type that I built before was the same concept.

painting of 1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

I forgot the total production time, but of course it is very simpler than 1/48.

under surface of Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I did the inking and washing lightly.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 with coins

Size like this seems to be arranged without limit and is most suitable for collection. A feeling of this density is impressed in this littleness. It will be a valuable impression when I made it for the first time.

patriotism -994, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito, Oct.1942 – Oct.1943 Darwin Air Raid  Timor Island, Koepang

The second plane is the body that patriotism -994, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito, Oct.1942 – Oct.1943 Darwin Air Raid  Timor Island, Koepang. This is the plane, which played an active part in the South Pacific. It would be a fight with Australia and the United States.

very tiny canopy flame, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

The rest of the masking sol that is attached to the cockpit that I did not see the naked eye, it was noticed to take the photograph. It was good to be removed immediately.

inking of Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When I put inking in brown, just a good feeling of the faded surface around the panel lines.

red and blue lights, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

There was also paint indication of the wing upper surface of the red and blue lights.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

After all the problem is a canopy frame. Next time I’ll mask it.

metal belly tanks,

Both of 2 planes chose metal belly tanks.

Zero fighter

To display, without sticking out on my shelf of paperback.

difficult but enjoyable kit of Sweet 1/144

Though it is difficult, it wants to challenge various models to make. I was not interested in 1/144 at all, but now I want to display 20 or more planes.

Zero fighter  model32

When I search variously, much 1/144 is released by an addition of a snack in Japan. It was the world which I don’t know at all. Oh, I want to build a model from the beginning, not completed supplements.

Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 build and painting to finish

Sweet’s precise sense is really wonderful. I was impressed with this work and stocked more, so I’ll make again. Platz 1/144 scale models has been also stocked. I want to have Kawanishi N1K, George released by Platz, but it’s sold nowhere now.
(21-September-2015)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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