ZERO FIGHTER A6M5 MODEL52 IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY TAMIYA 1/48

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 BOX PACKAGEIt is a Zero Fighter Type 52. My work had stopped for a while in the figure painting, now I started again. I heard the Tamiya’s Zero is a high-quality product so probably easy to build. Oh, there is not a place to display when the airplane is completed. I wonder I make a warship for a while?

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThe mold is detailed, and the decals are nice, the cockpit seems to become a good appearance.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGIntend to paint them as possible at the same time the same color, now almost parts were cut out.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThe Kanji character of Zero Fighter, on the painting instruction.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGDrive-up my spirit to paint the pilot, surprised to know for the first time there are 6 figures. Paint direction is very complicated.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGFor now these two pilots, assembly completed. This is good. I wanted to build it in 1/16 scale.
(26-September-2016)

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGLeft is wearing a life jacket and winter jacket. The right has a briefcase and wearing working clothes.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThey have a saber and look courageous.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGMold is fine. It takes time to paint, but I like this work.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGIf there is no pilot, I intend to use the seat belt for detail up parts, but this time I paint figures properly.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI blew the aircraft interior color and cowling color.
(30-September-2016)

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThis time, I used an aqueous acrylic paint for base paint.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGGenerally, I have finished painting.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGWhen a decal of the national insignia to figures, even 1/48 looks precise. Maybe Tamiya can sell this separately because the mold is good.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI attached decals to zero meter panel.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe inside of the cockpit required some small parts detailed painting.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThere are oxygen tanks behind the seat. If this will be completed, it may not be seen at all. Anyway, I painted them black.
(25-October-2016)

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGBecause a masking sheet was attached, the small canopy peculiar to a WWII Japan airplane masking was easy, I thought, but…..

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI searched the masking seal, the place where I turned off where I peel off, and I tried hard for about a couple of minutes, but regarding the manual, I had to cut it by myself. Still, it is saved the working stress. I hope many plastic model makers put this kind of seal in every aircraft kit.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGI tried making a pitot tube with a metal wire by connecting a 0.3mm brass wire to a brass pipe of 1.0mm and 0.6mm. Parts around this area are highly durable due to the high probability of damage during painting. Because the pitot tube is easily damaged during the painting, I made it with strong material.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGI can paint the whole body after adding some small parts.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 MAKINGThis time I build this model flap down position.
(04-Dec-2016)

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGPainted inside of the canopy with cockpit color. After that, I airbrushed the light and dark color along the panel lines.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe underside of the aircraft is light grayish-white.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGAfter the masking, painted the whole in dark green. I left a little shade gradation.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGThe rising-sun insignias are pretty thick decals, there are also considerably thin small decals. I have various decal softening items, I don’t know what is the best match for these decals till testing. A small decal on the underside partially melted with a strong softener, so I stuck a different one.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 PAINTINGI painted inside the flap and the landing gear compartment with metallic blue-green. It’s fun to paint the prominent color. It is too bright, so I will lightly washing it later.
(06-Dec-2016)

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKFinally finished the zero fighters. It took time to complete by moving home or relocating the home page on the way of building it. This time, I built the Zero in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19, 1944. Carrier Junyo, Lead ship of Carrier Div. 2, 652nd Fighter Group.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKJapan lost three carriers, were attacked and sunk, and the loss of approximately 500 planes, while the United States was a wreck of several ships and hundreds of aircraft but had no sunk ship. At this time, the air force was 500 in Japan, the United States had 900. In addition to that, the military’s skill was higher in the United States.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKZero Fighter Type 52 was cut down by 50 centimeters at both wing ends compared to Type 21, and the wing tip became round. The armament is equipped with two 7.7 millimeter guns on the nose and 20-millimeter guns in both wings. The air fighting performance declined and the cruising distance became shorter, but it seems that there was no problem in the latter half of the war main tactics is hit-and-run.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKSince the canopy was able to adhere neatly this time, the pilot face looks better. From the left, I feel serious and sad.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe character of the decal on the faceplate is small and beautiful. The Hinomaru ‘s decal is pretty thick and hard to paste.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe propeller rotates as you blow. My head got cranky when I was taking a picture with the too much blow.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis is a shooting that blows stronger. There is a feeling of dynamism when there is a moving part, is not it? It is a situation that the pilot is on board and it is just before the take-off.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe surface of the aircraft is a half glossy painting which is quite close to gloss. But unfortunately, There was not enough adhesion of the decal.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKUsing black blue for this Zero fighter inking. I wonder the inking best color on the basic paint dark green. When I built Raiden, which body color was also dark green, I choose a light color for the inking, I like that finishing, but this time I try darker color.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI tried peeling off silver paint first time on the aircraft model. I thought that painting would not peel off so much because the care of the carrier-based aircraft is nearly perfect, so I tried to practice just for the area to get on and off on the left side. It may be slightly unbalanced because the aircraft is generally clean.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKActually, I think the finishing quality of the bottom side is better this time, assembled with the tank installed.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOTIt is 1/48, so it’s a pretty small figure, five pilots are included.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOTI thought it was trouble because there are plenty of figures, but it is quite fun to start making. Well, it is Tamiya, I guess inheriting the spirit of the military miniature series also in 1/48 airplane kits.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOT ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOTSome pilots have a saber, a bag, there are a variety of figures. Flag decals look shiny.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOT ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOT ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOTIt is only about 3.5 cm on a 1/48 scale, but they are a very precise mold. It was very difficult to draw a face.

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOT ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK IJN PILOTI arranged \500 coin with the figure. It is quite small, right?

ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORK ZERO FIGHTER AND PILOT TAMIYA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI think that I made a few Zero Fighters of Sweet 1/144 scale before, so I felt somewhat weakened in terms of freshness. Someday I would like to make a 1/32 scale.
(2017/01/05)

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