This 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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.