It is an airplane model made for the first time in a long time. Moreover, it is the first 1/32 scale. I made it in August 2014.
I wanted to make an airplane after a long absence and bought it like a flash. It’s the anniversary commemorating the end of the war today for Japan in an occasion. I intend to make Empire of Japan Navy Interceptor Raiden (Jack) of Hasegawa with the meaning of the requiem all the fallen soldier soul, friend and foe alike.
I think I can assemble it with a similar sense because it’s 1/32 scale, I’m used to making 1/35 AFV. It’s so long time to make an airplane, now my target is just completion, not to throw out.
The internal painting, attaching decals of the instrument panel, blowing matte clear. Effectiveness of the panel decal is this photo. It’s impossible to draw handwriting like this, the decal is very helpful.
The molding of this figure is splendid. This sculptor also makes the tank crews of the Japanese Imperial Army which are all excellent. Very nice Asian (Japanese) face. He carries a parachute on his back.
I buried the small gap with putty, which is the plastic runner chip melted in tool cleaner. The trace of the file down might not be remain because it was the same materials as the parts. It takes about 3 days for complete drying, hardening.
Joints of the backside became beautiful, too. Because I run out of #1000 and #1200 sandpaper, today’s work is done. More paper filing becomes the areas having a smooth surface. I’m worried I’m on the proper procedure of making an airplane. It seems a long way to completion…
I used adhesive cellophane tape and cut the flame out for outside of the canopy, inside is masking tape. Cellophane tape was too strong adhesive power and glue are sticking, next time I’ll use mending tape.
Kasei engine was the most powerful at that time in Japan which was used for large bombardment aircraft. Raiden equipped forces cooling fan behind the propeller in consideration of cooling efficiency falling by squeezing the nose.
This fighter was designed by Mr. Jiro Horikoshi, aviation engineer, who is the subject of the Japanese famous animation movie “The Wind Rises” director is Mr. Hayao Miyazaki who is one of top animation film directors.
Though I am not satisfied without doing weathering when making AFV, regarding airplane model, I reluctant to make dirty finish up, it’s a mystery… Maybe after a couple of assembling works, I would like to do reality finishing.
I used clear epoxy glue for attaching the canopy. Slide canopy’s inside of the left side, I mistook to stick tiny stain of glue…, poignant regret. I already decided not to do heavy weathering and the only canopy has dust weathering is unnatural, I left it alone.
The sculptor is good. And I could paint very well, I suppose. It’s difficult to paint on this small face. He looks like Japanese, excellent facial expression. I forgot to delete the injection mark on the right foot, but he is in the cockpit so this time it’s OK, next time I’ll be careful no remaining these marks.
This time, I have some reflection points. Mistakes occurred by the basic work and painting and not perfectly matched with my imagination. The parts that finish was rough to have appeared. It is a feeling that the best looking distance is around 50cm. Even some mistakes, this 1/32 scale kit is powerful and presence is different from 1/48 and 1/72. I would like to make this scale again.
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.