Hasegawa 1/48 scale Aichi D3A2 Val
As with most model guys, I strive to find that different and / or unusual scheme , that sparks a little more interest or attraction to one’s project.
Scanning books and the internet for Japanese aircraft, especially those few samples that survived the war is particularly challenging. Making, finding the usual even more challenging. On one of my late night studies I came upon a picture of a late war Val tucked into a tree line being worked on, in what appeared to be a mission prep. The aircraft was a later version D3A2, that essentially looked identical to the D3A1 except for the spinner and the pointed / extended rear portion of the canopy. In the picture the rear portion of the canopy had been removed, solving my one and only part problem that was not included in the Hasegawa kit. The tail section appeared to have been repaired and was a different shade or color. The caption on the picture stated that the location was not known, however it was believed to have been on the Philippines.
The Hasegawa kit is a delight to build. I added some PE seatbelts and gun sights to the rear gun. The engine was wired and my “patented” stretched sprue antenna wire was attached with a small coil copper spring tensioner.
Being supplies were limited by this time of the war, I attached only one small bomb, as this was most likely a one way trip anyway for the crew. The paint scheme was applied to give the appearance of hastily applied IJN green over the normal ship board aircraft paint scheme, as this was now a land based plane.
On the patched up tail area, I numbered the grey area differently and a little misaligned to give the appearance that this section came from a different airplane. To accomplish this I painted on the white numbers using some small stencils. Then painted over them with a thin coat of grey until it gave the washed out look I was looking for. The yellow numbers were some spare decals I had.
This model was a lot of fun to build. I would encourage anyone with any interest in Japanese WWII aircraft to add one of these to ones collection.
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