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Hasegawa 1/72, Mitsubishi G4M2 Betty

April 26, 2014 in Aviation

Real icon of WWII, Betty was a long time on my list of must-do Japanese a/c. As she’s big plane, I always opted for some smaller subjects, to be able to finish them more quickly. When I started building it, all went incredible easy and fast, like you are building a single engine fighter.
I built it OOB, only added seat belts from Tamiya tape. Since she has a lot of windows, a good part of interior will show after assembly, so if you chose to detail it inside, go for it, as all the effort will be seen at the end. The only problems I had with it was two clear nose halves that do not fit properly (one was larger than another). I was not keen to perform serious surgical intervention on it, so it remains a bit off.

Other problematic thing is the amount of ejector pin marks, they are all over the model. You can see that they tried to hide them as much as they could but, a lot of them needed to be addressed.
Painting was done with Gunze colors. Very diluted thin layers of Mitsubishi IJN Green over aluminum base color. Paint chipping was done by two techniques. On port wing it is salt chipping, but I was not happy with the level of control using this technique.

So, on the starboard wing and the rest of the plane I applied chipping with small piece of kitchen sponge dipped in Maskol.

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9 responses to Hasegawa 1/72, Mitsubishi G4M2 Betty

  1. Very realistic finish Milan. Bet you had fun masking the glass. Last time I had something like this I ended up painting a clear decal sheet & cutting the framework from that.
    Well done.

  2. A very nice looking model! (Of an airplane that also has very pleasing lines!) The nose glazing seems to have turned out well. No visible seam that I can see on the top and one that’s barely visible on the bottom. Sure beats putting all those windows in one at a time! Did you paint it silver first and scrape the paint off for the chipping effect? In any case, it looks the part! (At 1/72, that Ohka must be tiny as well! Nice to see it with the plane!) Great work!

  3. Nice work, Milan….I like it.

  4. Thanks a lot, folks. Al, I forgot to mention that I cheated in masking glass, I used Eduard mask for this one 🙂
    Josh, you are right, first I painted her in aluminum color, then applied salt and Maskol. After that I sprayed green, then removed the salt and Maskol with toothpick and cloth.

  5. Nice looking model of a very attractive prototype, and it’s interesting to read how you built and finished it.

  6. very nice, love the chipping

  7. Nice clean build, excellent job on the wear and tear of the paint scheme.

  8. Milan,
    Very nicely done

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