IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ZERO FIGHTER A6M5 MODEL52 TAMIYA 1/48

Box package of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

It is a Zero Fighter Type 52. My work had stopped for a while in the figure painting, now I started again. I heard the Tamiya’s Zero is a high quality product so probably easy to build. Oh, there is not a place to display when the airplane is completed. I wonder I make a warship for a while?

making of cockpit, Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

The mold is detailed, and the decals are nice, the cockpit seems to become a good appearance.

parts of Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

Intend to paint them as possible at the same time same color, now almost parts were cut out.

Kanji character of Zero Fighter

The Kanji character of Zero Fighter, on the painting instruction.

paint introduction of the pilots 1/48

Drive up my spirit to paint the pilot, surprised to know for the first time there are 6 figures. Paint direction is very complicated.

assembly of pilots

For now these two pilots, assembly completed. This is good. I wanted to build it in 1/16 scale.
(26-September-2016)

assembly of pilots Tamiya 1/48

Left is wearing a life jacket and winter jacket. The right has a briefcase and wearing a working clothes.

assembly of pilots holding sabre

They have a saber, and look courageous.

assembly of pilots Tamiya 1/48 Zero fighter

Mold is fine. It takes time to paint, but I like this work.

cockpit and pilot

If there is no pilot, I intend to use the seat belt for detail up parts, but this time I paint figures properly.

painting inner of the cockpit

I blew the aircraft interior color and cowling color.
(30-September-2016)

painting IJN pilots

This time, I used an aqueous acrylic paint for base painting.

painting IJN pilots 1/48 scale

Generally, I have finished painting.

decal of the national insignia to figures

When a decal of the national insignia to figures, even 1/48 looks precise. Maybe Tamiya can sell this separately, because the mold is good.

Zero fighter meter panel and enjine

I attached decals to zero meter panel.

The inside of the cockpit, required some small parts detailed painting.

The inside of the cockpit, required some small parts detailed painting.

oxygen tanks behind the seat

There are oxygen tanks behind the seat. If this will be completed, it may not be seen at all. Anyway, I painted them in black.
(25-October-2016)

masking sheet of canopy

Because a masking sheet was attached, the small many canopy peculiar to a WWII Japan airplane masking was easy, I thought, but…..

pasting the masking sheet to the Zero fighter canopy

I searched the masking seal, the place where I turned off where I peel off, and I tried hard for about a couple of minutes, but regarding the manual I had to cut it by myself. Still, it is saved the working stress. I hope many plastic model makers put this kind of seal in every aircraft kit.

pitot tube, Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

I tried making a pitot tube with a metal wire by connecting a 0.3mm brass wire to a brass pipe of 1.0mm and 0.6mm. Parts around this area are highly durable due to the high probability of damage during painting. Because the pitot tube is easily damaged during the painting, I made it with strong material.

Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

I can paint the whole body after adding some small parts.

I build this model flap down position. Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

This time I build this model flap down position.
(04-Dec-2016)

Painted inside of the canopy with cockpit color.

Painted inside of the canopy with cockpit color. After that I airbrushed the light and dark color along the panel lines.

The underside of the aircraft is light grayish white. Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48

The underside of the aircraft is light grayish white.

painted the whole in dark green. I left a little shade gradation.

After the masking, painted the whole in dark green. I left a little shade gradation.

The rising-sun insignias are pretty thick decals.

The rising-sun insignias are pretty thick decals, there are also considerably thin small decals. I have various decal softening items, I don’t know what is the best match for these decals till testing. A small decal on the underside partially melted with a strong softener, so I stuck a different one.

I painted inside the flap and the landing gear compartment with metallic blue green.

I painted inside the flap and the landing gear compartment with metallic blue green. It’s fun to paint the prominent color. It is too bright, so I will lightly washing it later.
(06-Dec-2016)

Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48 build and painting to finish

Finally finished the zero fighter. It took time to complete by moving home or relocating the home page on the way of building it. This time, I built the Zero in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19, 1944. Carrier Junyo, Lead ship of Carrier Div. 2, 652nd Fighter Group.

Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48 painting dark green

Japan lost three carriers, were attacked and sunk, and the loss of approximately 500 planes, while the United States was a wreck of several ships and hundreds of aircraft but had no sunk ship. At this time, the air force was 500 in Japan, the United States had 900. In addition to that the military’s skill was higher in the United States.

Zero Fighter Type 52 was cut down by 50 centimeters at both wing ends compared to Type 21.

Zero Fighter Type 52 was cut down by 50 centimeters at both wing ends compared to Type 21, and the wing tip became round. The armament is equipped with two 7.7 millimeter guns on the nose and 20 millimeter guns in both wings. The air fighting performance declined and the cruising distance became shorter, but it seems that there was no problem in the latter half of the war main tactics is hit-and-run.

IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ZERO FIGHTER A6M5 MODEL52 TAMIYA 1/48 pilot is sitting in the cockpit we can see the pilot through the clear canopy

Since the canopy was able to adhere neatly this time, the pilot face looks better. From the left, I feel serious and sad.

body of Zero Fighter

The character of the decal on the face plate is small and beautiful. The Hinomaru ‘s decal is pretty thick and hard to paste.

building of Zero Fighter The propeller rotates as you blow.

The propeller rotates as you blow. My head got cranky when I was taking a picture with the too much blow.

propeller is rotating smoothly

This is a shooting that blows stronger. There is a feeling of dynamism when there is a moving part, is not it? It is a situation that the pilot is on board and it is just before the take off.

The surface of the aircraft is a half glossy painting.

The surface of the aircraft is a half glossy painting which is quite close to gloss. But unfortunately, There was not enough adhesion of the decal.

Using black blue for this Zero fighter inking.

Using black blue for this Zero fighter inking. I wonder the inking best color on the basic paint dark green. When I built Raiden, which body color was also dark green, I choose a light color for the inking, I like that finishing, but this time I try darker color.

peeling off silver paint exposed

I tried peeling off silver paint first time on the aircraft model. I thought that painting would not peel off so much because the care of the carrier-based aircraft is nearly perfect, so I tried to practice just for the area to get on and off on the left side. It may be slightly unbalanced because the aircraft is generally clean.

under surface light gray body gradation of Zero

Actually, I think the finishing quality of the bottom side is better this time, assembled with the tank installed.

1/48 Tamiya Japanese pilot figure

It is 1/48, so it’s a pretty small figure, five pilots are included.

painting of Japanese pilot

I thought it was a trouble because there are plenty of figures, but it is quite fun to start making. Well, it is Tamiya, I guess inheriting the spirit of the military miniature series also in 1/48 airplane kits.

back view of Japanese pilots Some pilots have a saber, a bag, there are a variety of figures. Flag decals look shiny.

Some pilots have a saber, a bag, there are a variety of figures. Flag decals look shiny.

completed work of Japanese pilots Japanese pilots back 4 standing natural pose Japanese fighter pilots 1/48 scale

It is only about 3.5 cm on a 1/48 scale, but they are a very precise mold. It was very difficult to draw a face.

standing pose pilots 1/48 small scale pilots and coin

I arranged \500 coin with the figure. It is quite small, right?

completed work of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48 Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M5 model52 Tamiya 1/48 build and painting

I think that I made a few Zero Fighters of Sweet 1/144 scale before, so I felt somewhat weakened in terms of freshness. Someday I would like to make 1/32 scale.

 

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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