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?
The mold is detailed, and the decals are nice, the cockpit seems to become a good appearance.
Intend to paint them as possible at the same time same color, now almost parts were cut out.
The Kanji character of Zero Fighter, on the painting instruction.
Drive up my spirit to paint the pilot, surprised to know for the first time there are 6 figures. Paint direction is very complicated.
For now these two pilots, assembly completed. This is good. I wanted to build it in 1/16 scale.
Left is wearing a life jacket and winter jacket. The right has a briefcase and wearing a working clothes.
They have a saber, and look courageous.
Mold is fine. It takes time to paint, but I like this work.
If there is no pilot, I intend to use the seat belt for detail up parts, but this time I paint figures properly.
I blew the aircraft interior color and cowling color.
This time, I used an aqueous acrylic paint for base painting.
Generally, I have finished painting.
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.
I attached decals to zero meter panel.
The inside of the cockpit, required some small parts detailed painting.
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.
Because a masking sheet was attached, the small many canopy peculiar to a WWII Japan airplane masking was easy, I thought, but…..
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.
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.
I can paint the whole body after adding some small parts.
This time I build this model flap down position.
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.
After the masking, painted the whole in dark green. I left a little shade gradation.
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. It’s fun to paint the prominent color. It is too bright, so I will lightly washing it later.
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.
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, 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.
Since the canopy was able to adhere neatly this time, the pilot face looks better. From the left, I feel serious and sad.
The character of the decal on the face plate is small and beautiful. The Hinomaru ‘s decal is pretty thick and hard to paste.
The propeller rotates as you blow. My head got cranky when I was taking a picture with the too much blow.
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 which is quite close to gloss. But unfortunately, There was not enough adhesion of the decal.
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.
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.
Actually, I think the finishing quality of the bottom side is better this time, assembled with the tank installed.
It is 1/48, so it’s a pretty small figure, five pilots are included.
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.
Some pilots have a saber, a bag, there are a variety of figures. Flag decals look shiny.
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.
I arranged \500 coin with the figure. It is quite small, right?
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.