RAIDEN [JACK] TYPE21 MITSUBISHI J2M3 IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32

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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 BOX PACKAGEI 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.
(15-August-2014)

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGNow I’m making the cockpit, the assembling is simple and mold is excellent. I think I’ll paint detail parts after some assemble is finished.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGThe 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.
(15-August-2014)

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGEven it is a single-engine plane, 1/32 size is very big. I’m wondering where I should display it after completed.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGPhoto as assembled roughly. I modify later if there are gaps. I should decide about the procedure of the painting.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGI assembled large parts, an engine, engine cowl, the belly tank, etc. The engine cannot be seen after all assembled, but it is a very good proportion.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKING IJN PILOTThe 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.
(20-August-2014)

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGThere are instructions that the two holes for 7.7mm machine guns on the engine cowling should be filled with the other parts. It did not readily fit in perfectly.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGAfter I glued the main wing and the body together, there is a large gap because of poor assembling skill. Oh, Hasegawa’s this kit is said it’s good joint every part.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGI painted this engine and exhaust pipes. End of the exhaust pipes is painted a little rusty. I sharped the engine cowl, but not so smooth.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGI 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGAfter filing with sandpaper #800, almost trace was disappeared, it’s OK. Usually, I make AFV and there is not so much work, I am weak in the filing and polishing.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGJoints 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…
(30-August-2014)

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 MAKINGNow I’m thinking it’s time to shift paint process, so starting to blow surfacer. Hasegawa’s mold is shallow dent lines but blowing surfacer thinly, no problem.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGThe first part is the yellow belt of the main wing.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGI 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGAfter painting the lower body and masking all.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGPainted the main body color and cowling color. 1/32 size is very large, painting is a piece of work.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGI jointed the engine to the body, engine mold is quite good.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGI stuffed up the engine cowling paint, I thought the panel line is color divided line without checking but it’s wrong, needed to work again……

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGI used the body color Mr. Color #124 Dark Green (Mitsubishi) and cowling color Mr. Color #125.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 PAINTINGThe bottom color is Mr. Color #35 IJN Gray (Mitsubishi) as follows the indication of the instruction manual. The landing gear was attached and the goal is almost there. (04-September-2014)

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI finished up this Raiden (“Thunderbolt”). It’s quick-climbing interceptor for air base defense. It became the spindle shape body that it was necessary to build in the large and high power engine.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOKasei 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOThis 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTODuring my painting, I changed my mind and no heavy weathering this time.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOThough 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTORaiden’s cockpit is large but difficult to take pictures inside.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI arranged colors for some levers and switches in the cockpit. Finally, I did dry brushing with metal color.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOThe reason for the dark color cowl is preventing a reflection of the sunlight and keeps view well. The principle is the same as racing cars bonnet is painted in dark colors.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI polished the canopy by a compound.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOOver the front glass, we can see optic gunsight devise.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI changed the main wing light to clear parts and painted in clear red, the right side is clear blue. I should have fit the parts more carefully. Anyway, the reality is a little up for this changing.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOAerial wires are a fishing line which I used last year. Line number 0.6 and diameter is 0.128mm. It’s my first model to work aerial wire.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOThe armament is 20mm machine-gun x 4, It could destroy B-29 invasion at a single blow? Anyway, I can say the firepower was really heavy and effective.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOI did ink in the panel line and washing lightly.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOCompare to the AA battery, even it’s a single-engine fighter, but 1/32 scale size is really large. Too big for my photo booth.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTO PILOTThe 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.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTO PILOTHe carries an emergency parachute on his back.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTO PILOTThese silver parachute tags are a good accent of this figure.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTO PILOTIt’s really cool of pilot sitting in the cockpit and seeing outside. He is almost flying-off

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTO PILOTHomeland defense. There is no doubt that he would do it for us.

RAIDEN(JACK) TYPE21 INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/32 FINISHED PHOTOThis 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.
(08-September-2014)

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