Tamiya 1/48th Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero (Hamp) PTO IJN WWII
After coming home from Desert Storm, I had the urge to get back into modeling in the early 90’s. And I set off to just stick to building aircraft and equipment that participated in Desert Storm. Then Accurate Miniatures came out with the Allison Mustangs. So I picked them up. And then I got the Tamiya A-10, and in the bottom of the box there would be images of kits they had available, like the Frank, Zeros and Lancaster etc. I was buying kits at the time through Discount Hobbies in Utica, NY. (remember them?) Prices were excellent including with shipping. So I would by 2-5 kits at a time and have them UPS’d to me. So that began my journey in building the stash. So I would buy a couple of Tam kits starting with the Frank, next up was the A6M2 Zero kit #61016 and so on. And following that in order. I slowly built up that part of the stash in order the Tamiya line of 48th scale kits. At first one at a time. And I got stuck on the Lancaster. Which I started in 1997. I was building one Tam kit at a time mixing a Hasegawa here, an Italeri there, than a Revell/Monogram, an Academy and then the next Tamiya. In either 72nd or 48th scale. (i do have a fair collection of 32nd scale which I have not built one yet as due to lack of space).
Anyway this kit #61025 was built around 1994. Fine raised panel lines good detail for the time. At the time I went with the colors that was called out by Tamiya. The internet was in it’s infancy when it came to any info in regard to any research on Japanese paint schemes, as at the time I was not really into that part of building and accuracy when it came to interior and detail colors. It was Aotake blue for Japanese, Interior Grey/Green for RAF, RLM02 or 66 for Luftwaffe, Interior Zinc Chromate yellow or Green for US aircraft in WWII and thats what I went with. No Bronze Greens, or Dk Dull Green or whatever became known down the road as more info came to light. So using Aeromaster War Bird Acylics, IJN Light Grey overall, Blue Black on the cowling, Aotake blue for the interior. Black struts, the kit decals and a mix of the Jaguar interior detail set with the kit parts. True Details fast frames for the canopy. It was about a month after I had finished this when an article came out about the Light Grey not being correct for this scheme, but more of a Green tint to the scheme was more accurate not so Grey or slight blue hue as my build was painted with. Similar to Sky or RLM02 but lighter. So as the internet grew, more info became available as the years went by. Research much more accurate yet still in contention among the experts. Not really into nitpicking but today if I were to build a similar scheme I would go with that Grey/Green scheme. Thanks for viewing.
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