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Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden (Jack) 1/72

April 29, 2015 · in Aviation · · 15 · 2.9K

I finished this June 2014. I originally had stretched sprue ariels on it but didn't like them, so replaced with nylon thread last night. I didn't realize until I photographed it this morning that I hadn't gotten the bottom thread tightened up, so will need to mess with it again, but decided to post anyway. The is my favorite Japanese fighter - I just love the brutishness of the airplane - beefy like a P-47!

I really love some of these older kits, especially when they have engraved panel lines. This was build out-of-box. I saw someone else use this "what if" scheme on a 48 scale Raiden, and liked it for something different. I supposed the idea is that the NMF parts were field replaced and not repainted, but it helps break up all the other green Japanese fighters in my display cabinet!

Just Tamiya weathering kits and some pastels, some aluminum paint for chipping.

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15 responses

  1. Nice work Greg.
    I have used a soldering iron heated to tighten any sagging lines, I use fishing line.
    Well done sir.

  2. A hair dryer on low setting works well and isn't as aggressive as some other heat sources.

    Nice scheme on this Raiden, Greg. Also one of my favourite Empire of Japan aircraft.

  3. really nice greg

  4. Nicely finished and photographed, Greg.

  5. Good looking build.

  6. Greetings :
    Nice, keen looking RAIDEN, very nice photography.

  7. Nice looking Raiden, Greg! I think i first fell in love with this plane when i saw a build up in Scale Modeler back in the 1970s, along with the then-new Fujimi F-14 Tomcat. The "Jack" has a fierce, pugnacious look to it. Not like the comparatively dainty-looking Zero-Sen, Oscar and Tony. Reminds me of some of the very late Curtiss fighter designs. Looks equally nice in bare metal with captured US markings too. Just ask Mike Grant.

  8. Great job Greg!
    I thought it was in 1:48 or larger when I first saw the pictures.
    Nice display too. It really gives the impression of speed.

  9. Greg,

    Very, very nice. I also like the scheme and this a/c. It just looks mean.

  10. Yeah, I like the look of this one, too, Greg, really mean.

  11. Another one of the Japanese late-war lookers! I've never been a Zero-fan (but the Tamiya 1/72-kit could tempt me to do one anyway...) but late-war they made some really sharp stuff! Like it a lot!


  12. Greg, That is really cool. I like it. Very nice build and just the right amount of weathering and wear.

  13. Thats a real cool looking plane, Greg. Love the Raiden too, well done

  14. Really a beautiful built and a much remarkable fighter. Wheels up a sall your models, i keep this idea in mind, maybe for a future kit...

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