Arii 1/72nd Mitsubishi G3M3 Nell Medium Bomber PTO WWII
Some really outstanding builds lately. Very inspirational. Today we have Arii’s Nell which I believe is a rebox of the LS kit in 72nd scale. Something we don’t see to often other than the Betty is the Nell medium bomber. Though quite a bit larger than the B-25 and B-26 in wingspan and length. But as usual very light, unarmored and fast. Very basic kit which appears toy like in it’s packaging. Still engraved panel lines and overdone riveting throughout, it still builds to a decent looking Nell. Couldn’t find any aftermarket bits for this. So fully OOB on this including the decals. The decals were not issue despite the age. I chose to build a camo torpedo version. A scheme of IJN aircraft grey lower using Aeromaster acrylic, with Gunze Earth and Aeromaster IJN Dk Green on top. MM Flat Black for the engine cowlings and Alclad Aluminum for the props. This build was first started around 2005 but finally completed it this year. It was one of those put on the shelf sat in storage before moving into my new home type project. One of the issues was the RH side fuselage was short shot right at the tail. Just filled it all in with milliput and just kept building until it was even with the LH side. The clear pieces are quite thick, and that what took me so long really was masking all those clear panels. I would mask a section here and there. After about 20 minutes I have to stop and do something else. Thats the only part of building some WWII multi engine aircraft, masking those canopies. Some fighters too can be complicated. Hasegawa has one out now in this scale. It would be interesting to get one in 48th scale. Thanks for viewing.
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