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Tamiya 1/48 N1K1-J Shiden "George"

This was an enjoyable build start to finish. I built the "George" with only photo-etch harness straps for cockpit detail. My Paints were Model Master enamels and I weathered using pastels and a Prisma color silver pencil.

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18 responses

  1. Very nice model. I don't know if Tamiya's instructions cover this or not, but all Kawanishi land-based N1K fighters were unpainted aluminum on the lower surfaces other than the fabric control surfaces. Not a dump on the model, just information for next time.

  2. Good looking build, Thomas, especially the weathering. Just right ! I certainly wish I had that touch...

  3. Tom,
    I like everything you did with this. I agree, the weathering is just right. I know some of the Japanese a/c looked terrible due to weather and poor paint but I think the way you did it is perfect.

  4. i like it a lot tom

  5. I agree with Frank, I think the weathering is just right, too. In fact, the whole model looks just right.

    • Thanks George its far from "just right" but I had fun and that,s what this hobby is all about right ? This is only the 5th completed model in 10 years so I have much more learning to do. I appreciate all of the comments. Happy modeling

  6. Your weathering makes the model come to life, nice build!

  7. Impressive work on the last Japanese super-fighter project of the war. Loved the weathering work!

  8. Thomas, I really like what you did with this model, nicely weathered and skillfully built. I love the "George”, truly a big stocky brute that looks like it means business. It’s a nice change from the usual gracile fighters produce in Japan. Japanese Army AC and Amour weathering is a lot wine; light, med or full body- it’s about personal taste.

    • Thanks Erich, I see modeling as a snap shot in time I,m sure Japan did not deliver A/C to the front line bases with the paint falling off. I agree that all of modeling is personal preference and if its not fun whats the point ? Thanks again for the kind words Tom

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