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Hasegawa 1:32 Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden “George”

August 20, 2016 in Aviation


It has been a while since my last post, almost one and a half year.
I had a very rough time the last 1,5 years………. in a nut-shell; burn-out, divorce, got sacked after 17 years…… but I’m doing very fine right now.
Well this is my first build since january 2015 and it started as a bet with my “shrink” ( well not really a shrink but social worker, she guided me during my burn out.)
We made a bet that I would start building again before i had my next appointment with her, or at least make a start with a model, Because I didn’t feel like doing anything, . ( Is that a correct sentence???) I had two weeks to start.
Well…. I won the bet,,,,,
So here is my 1:32 scale Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden .
It’s the Hasegawa kit, which was laying in my stash I believe since 2013. ( Still have a Doyasha Shiden in my stash…..)
It was an easy build. This kit is such an easy build that you can build it drunk, with one hand tied to your back and a pirate’s eye patch on your eye, while watching TV with the other….. 😉 😉 😉
The antenna post is scratch build , made it of Evergreen strip because the kit’s post broke twice when I tried to attach antenna-wire to it….. 🙁 ( so I ommited the wire.)
I used mainly Tamiya paint , I believe the wheels are painted with Revell enamel paint and weathered with such.
On bottom; different shades of Tamiya acrylics, flat aluminium, titanium and chrome silver.
Top; IJN green, IFF flat yellow with a drop of red, Tamiya flat red for the Hinumarus.
Everything is painted or sprayed on this kit except the tailcode, the little stencils, the kanji markings “no step”.
Exhaust stains are sprayed with Tamiya sand , grey and black.
Vallejo wahes are used, brown, black and green. ( all diluted with alcohol.)
Weathering is done with Tamiya pastels, artist chalks and Revell enamels; silver, brown and green.

So I dedicate this one to that very beautiful, very smart and extremely funny lady Natascha…..

Best regards;

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19 responses to Hasegawa 1:32 Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden “George”

  1. Very nice build and photos, Ulrich….a top-notch job. Perhaps you might think about presenting it to Natascha (as a token of appreciation for helping through the hard times). 🙂

  2. Great to have you back Ulrich, nice build, I like it a lot.

  3. Glad your back , I too have been away for a while and recently returned to the fold I was amazed how welcome the guys made me feel.
    Love your latest work as well.

  4. Nice job. 🙂 It’s a beast of an aeroplane. Beautiful.

  5. Just beautiful! I especially liket that faded “30” in the hinomaru!

  6. Brilliant, Ulrich, congratulations on completing the kit and for making such a good job of it!

  7. Welcome back Ulrich, The George looks great and I love your sense of humor detailing how easy it was to build.Now go build some more.

  8. Very nice, Ulrich! So easy a drunken pirate could do it? Welcome back.

  9. To all of you guys, thank you for the kind words and the nice come back!

  10. Welcome back, I have found modeling has been a great therapy over the years, glad things are working out for you, and very nice model!

  11. Love the George as an aircraft, and yours is a knockout.

  12. Awesome looking George. Welcome back. This model seem to have been good therapy. I went through similar challenges and building models is very good therapy!!! Well done!!!

  13. Great looking model! As the other guys have said, model building is a great therapy. Good to know you are back on track!

  14. Thanks for the kind words all of you!

  15. Great to see you back Ulrich – beautiful weathering on the George!

  16. That is a very nicely finished model! Your social worker is one smart cookie to get you reengaged with the hobby – give her my thanks also for inspiring you to dive back in! Your work is an inspiration to me…

  17. Real stuning and realistic watering !!

    I like great build and paint.

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