SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION KAWANISHI N1K2-J IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY INTERCEPTOR HASEGAWA 1/48

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 BOX ARTThis time, I will make Shiden Kaisei, a fighter of the Imperial Navy. The other day, I reread “Samurai!” (It describes the life and career of Saburo Sakai, the Japanese combat aviator who fought against American fighter pilots in the pacific theater of World War II) and I really want to make a Japanese fighter. I happen to have this in my hand, so I will start.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGSeveral decals were attached to the cockpit instrument panel. When I applied it, it was good that it was more precise than drawing by myself. I will do a matte coating just in case.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGAfter assembling the cockpit, I painted the lever and the medical kit pouch.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI thought I had to make a seat belt by myself, but it was molded into a seat. I painted the metal fittings and the belt. It is helpful if it is molded from the beginning. Surprisingly, there are many ideas for this kit.
(2019/08/01)

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING The mold under the wing is very fine. It is the part where 2x20mm machine-guns are loaded on one side.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING The landing gear was glued before painting.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I’m going to stick the engine cowl to the body and start painting soon. I’m glad it went so smoothly.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING
If you want to use clear parts for taillights or wingtip lights, it was instructed to remove those points.

Today, I decided to cancel the item that I have been ordering for about 6 months to 1 year with Lucky Model and I haven’t heard information from Lucky Model yet, Now, I asked to change my order to a kit with stock and have it shipped together with the reserved items. I guess the manufacturer doesn’t know when it will be reproduced. I appreciate Lucky Model for a quick and flexible response.
I don’t want to leave it as it is because I moved and changed my address. It was a pity that I didn’t have what I wanted (Chinook helicopter, F-5 Sun-Downer, Yak Firebar, etc.), but maybe I will find one elsewhere. I ordered some favorite items like Delta-Dart, Merkava Mk. 3D and Su-11 Fishpot. I might be able to introduce them in the future.
(2019/08/03)

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I once smashed the canopy of a TBM-3, so I decided to put the parts in a small box. I have been making plastic models for many years, but I might have thrown away small goods every time I moved and stopped using small boxes.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I replaced the 20mm machine-guns and the Pitot tube to a brass wire and a brass pipe. When you look at the plastic parts of the machine-gun, it has a slight bulge, and it doesn’t look like a straight tube. I’m worried that plastic might break during painting, so I put a priority on durability.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I blew a black and white paint to the base.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGThe underside of the fuselage is painted mixed with Gaianotes silver with a little clear.
(2019/08/06)

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING Should I have blown the orange first?

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING According to the instruction manual, 10% of the C65 indigo blue is added to the C124 dark green Mitsubishi. I mixed it with clear a little and blew it. The effect of the gradation became slight.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGAs I thought, the thin part is broken. The antenna pole was damaged. Later, I will put in a very fine brass wire to reinforce and re-bond.
(2019/08/09)

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The Shiden-Kai that was under making has been completed. As a finishing touch, semi-glossy water-based acrylic paint is sprayed. Water-based ones dry quite slowly. When I dried it in the dry booth, it was sticky and I didn’t touch it for a while.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK While finishing with water-based acrylic paint reduces the risk of decal breakage, it is a bit difficult to handle for the above reasons. I prefer Mr. Colour.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK Shiden, the predecessor of Shiden-kai, did not perform as well as expected, so Shiden-kai was fundamentally redesigned. Shiden-Kai looks similar to Shiden at first glance. It also looks a little round. It’s a little longer than Shiden.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The upper echelon of the Japanese Navy had a plan to produce 10,000 Shiden-kai as the main fighter to replace Zero fighter, but it was not until 1945 that mass production became ready due to the worsening war situation. In the end, about 400 planes were produced and the war ended.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The armor of Shiden-kai was quite strong, with 4x20mm machine-guns inside the wing in total. Zero fighters have 2x20mm machine-guns and 2×7.7mm machine-guns, so it was quite powerful.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK This marking is 407th Fighter Squadron 343rd Naval Flying Group Sqd. Ldr, Hayashi, April 1945.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK According to the instruction manual of Hasegawa, the 343rd Naval Flying Group Sqd. fought with the United States Navy carrier-based aircraft, F6F, F4U and SB2C over Shikoku Matsuyama in March 1945, resulting in 54 Shiden-kai and 7 Shiden shooting down 52 enemy aircraft.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK I think white is a little thin for Hasegawa original decals. I’m glad that the decal is not faded.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The bottom of the fuselage is silver and has an extra fuel tank.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK It’s a reciprocating WWII fighter, but it has a lot of small caution decals. I can read these small letters with my naked eyes, but it might be a little hard to read. You had better make a model while you are young. Oh, but if your hands don’t shake, I think it’s a hobby you can enjoy for a long time.

SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK SHIDENKAI (GEORGE) LATE VERSION HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis time, I didn’t make it too dirty, just lightly inking. Hasegawa kit is easy to make and good. I think the finished size is just right.
(2019/08/12)

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