IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ZERO FIGHTER A6M3 MODEL32 SWEET 1/144

The plane that I made for the first time on 1/144 scale was Zero Battle. It was completed in September 2015.

1/144 ZERO FIGHTER A6M3 Model 32 Air Battle of Solomon (SWEET)
– CV ZUIKAKU Fighter Group 1943
– X-151, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito

Box package of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I make a small airplane of 1/700 scale with the carrier-based planes of the cruiser. Because I thought that how about when I make a little larger one, I make this Zero fighter.

Box package of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When an upper package is turned over, it’s this illustration. It’s surprise a little that the box art is a comical one.

all parts of 1/144 zero fighter

A runner for 1 plane of the included part is this picture. There isn’t so much number of components.

building zero fighter 1/144 scale

Because it is too delicate parts, even cutting apart and the gate forming from a runner are timidly working. It’s difficult to use a motor tool.

Zero and Seiran

I worked this Zero in the interval of Seiran building. The work of the different scale should not run side by side, I suppose. It is a strange feeling. If I would like to build more planes, it’s better to have same scale only in 1/144, for example 4 planes run side by side.

canopy flame painting of Zero 1/144

The frames of the canopy are handwritten. It’s warped a little? Because the cockpit does not have much detail, it’s better the canopy is moderately clouded and looking from around 30cm is nice looking.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

They’re delicate parts, so it isn’t put together too early.

Zero fighter engine

I hardly saw it when completed even if I painted the engine with effort. But it is a good feeling.

painting Zero fighter 1/144

It isn’t the scale which sticks to a small thing, I was a little interested in being no pitot pipe, so I use a metal wire of 0.2mm and shaved half to thin. When I make an improvement even a little, having a passion for this model.

canopy masking, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I glued a canopy and masked it.

base color painting, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When paying attention, the assembly is easy, but it isn’t so different from 1/48 scale painting process.

pasting tiny decals, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I am pasting decals on them. The Cartograf decal is beautiful.

pasting tiny decals, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I have to draw a yellow band in an air-to-air bomb number 3, I use a yellow part of the tank decals before I made.
(19-September-2015)

Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 build and painting to finish

Sweet’s package was in a set of 2 planes, so I made both. The 1st plane is a carrier-based plane of aircraft carrier Zuikaku. I painted it in light gray. There are theories in the aircraft color of the Zero Fighter, I’ll try next time in a thin green version.

Pitot tube and an antenna line in a metal working.

I added a Pitot tube and an antenna line in a metal working. It is most suitable for training of the careful work.

The 1st plane is a carrier-based plane of aircraft carrier Zuikaku.

Though there is not complaining if I do it well a little more about the painting of the cockpit frame. When I keep distance a little more and see it, I never have any problem, even as for this.

Zero fighter Sweet 1/144 completed

Well, this is my first 1/144. I’d like to do better next.

cover of a landing gear is made thinner, 1/144 aircraft model

When the cover of a landing gear is made thinner, the feel of a material seems raised.

1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

There are also a red decal of a fuel tank cap and a yellow band decal.

making of 1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

A wing-tip was a little short square type, and zero type 32 became strong in a combat mobility. Spitfire of the tropical type that I built before was the same concept.

painting of 1/144 scale aircraft plastic models

I forgot the total production time, but of course it is very simpler than 1/48.

under surface of Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

I did the inking and washing lightly.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 with coins

Size like this seems to be arranged without limit and is most suitable for collection. A feeling of this density is impressed in this littleness. It will be a valuable impression when I made it for the first time.

patriotism -994, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito, Oct.1942 – Oct.1943 Darwin Air Raid  Timor Island, Koepang

The second plane is the body that patriotism -994, 3rd Flying Group NPC 2/C Kiyoshi Ito, Oct.1942 – Oct.1943 Darwin Air Raid  Timor Island, Koepang. This is the plane, which played an active part in the South Pacific. It would be a fight with Australia and the United States.

very tiny canopy flame, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

The rest of the masking sol that is attached to the cockpit that I did not see the naked eye, it was noticed to take the photograph. It was good to be removed immediately.

inking of Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

When I put inking in brown, just a good feeling of the faded surface around the panel lines.

red and blue lights, Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

There was also paint indication of the wing upper surface of the red and blue lights.

Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144

After all the problem is a canopy frame. Next time I’ll mask it.

metal belly tanks,

Both of 2 planes chose metal belly tanks.

Zero fighter

To display, without sticking out on my shelf of paperback.

difficult but enjoyable kit of Sweet 1/144

Though it is difficult, it wants to challenge various models to make. I was not interested in 1/144 at all, but now I want to display 20 or more planes.

Zero fighter  model32

When I search variously, much 1/144 is released by an addition of a snack in Japan. It was the world which I don’t know at all. Oh, I want to build a model from the beginning, not completed supplements.

Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter A6M3 model32 Sweet 1/144 build and painting to finish

Sweet’s precise sense is really wonderful. I was impressed with this work and stocked more, so I’ll make again. Platz 1/144 scale models has been also stocked. I want to have Kawanishi N1K, George released by Platz, but it’s sold nowhere now.
(21-September-2015)

2 Replies to “IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ZERO FIGHTER A6M3 MODEL32 SWEET 1/144”

    1. Thanks for your comment!! Since the time to completion is short on the 1/144 scale, we will soon get a sense of accomplishment.

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