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Bryan W. Bernart
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Fine Molds 1/48 D4Y3 “Judy”

June 9, 2013 · in Aviation · · 8 · 2.7K

Not a bad kit from a deceptively named company. Represents an aircraft of the 752nd. FG, 16th Chutai, Luzon, Phillipines, 1944.

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  1. stunning radial judy

  2. Nice job Bryan, I had this kit in the stash and flogged it on Ebay ,wish I'd kept it now...

  3. Awesome looking plane IMHO, and you've done a commendable job on it. Is the chipping done by salt or some other method? Very effective.

  4. I know nothing about this kit, or the prototype for that matter, but the model looks brilliant. I'd love to know more about the build, especially the finish.

    • Thanks. Most chipping a mix of Med. Sea Gray and Aluminum, applied with a small piece of open cell foam over Future, then flat coated. Additional done with dreaded silver pencil after flat coat. Exhaust a wet, thin wash then oversprayed with Exhaust. All Model Master enamels and metallics. Way outside my usual comfort level in both cases.

  5. outstanding model very realistic chipping and wear well done

  6. Having had the opportunity of looking at the only real one left, you've done a great job with this - it looks of the shot of the one diving on USS Essex on November 25, 1944, a kamikaze attack that killed and wounded 125 men.

  7. Very well done, the weathering captures the affect how the paint chipped heavily on Japanese aircraft operating in the PTO. Fine Mold kits are pretty good. Though I never had the opportunity to get one, they do offer some variants that the main stream manufacturers don't. I don't think Hasegawa or Fujimi offer the Judy in this scale. But I could be wrong. Anyway a nice project wish I could see the bottom. Thanks for sharing.

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