6th. May 2022
This iconic Japanese fighter attracted me with its design and colour scheme, an interesting change from the camouflage of the British RAF planes I have modelled so far.
I hope to place a fairly detailed record of this one model of my efforts in a series of posts to show those interested more idea of what is involved. This will be mainly pictorial description.
|Box art on most kits is exemplary contrasting with the stark reality of grey plastic sprues inside the box.|
|There are other bits and pieces but the main construction comes from cutting these parts from the sprue, glueing them together and painting. Some parts have already been removed here.|
|Modules are built as far as one can go before painting. There are about half a dozen parts here forming the cockpit floor. The whole cockpit interior is built up as a free standing unit.|
|The visible part of the interior fuselage painted on each half and detailed equipment added snd painted.|
|Pilot's seat. There are six separate pieces here|
|All the parts to complete the cockpit have been painted using my air brush. Details are then picked out by hand-painting over the base colour. The parts are held down on Blue Tack to stop them being blasted into oblivion by the sir brush.|
|Seeing this enlarged photo I realised the ends of the gun barrels needed trimming - 'tis now done.|
To be continued.