Zero from Zuikaku….
Just finished, Hasegawa’s venerable 1/48 Zero A6M2. This is the newest boxing, Zero “Super Ace” that features a resin figure, of Testuzo Iwamoto, supposedly the 2nd highest scorer of the IJN. This guy flew from China to War’s end. 3 planes he flew are doable from the decal sheet, including one from Carrier Zuikaku at Pearl harbor. The extreme number of kits poured from these molds is showing, flash is coming in, and the seam lines on the cowl are getting bad. The split line on the fuselage where they made the short-tailed prototype is showing, too. But a nice model is possible still from it, just needs a little more TLC. I used Model Master IJN Grey despite getting flak from the Japanese color gurus, because it was in my paint drawer, and I think it looks right. This particular bottle layed on so smooth and glossy no gloss coat was needed to decal it. Time saved! The Iwamoto figger was painted up with Vallejos, and a 1/48 Japanese Carrier deck filched from my kid. Once again have a good chuckle at my figure painting, he looks better in 1/48 from 3 feet away. Happy Monday!
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