1/32 Tamiya Mitsubishi A6-M5 Zero
I bought this model in Paris a few years ago at a really cool hobby shop on the Left Bank. Don’t know why I bought because I could have purchased it here in the States for less.
Anyway, it’s built straight out of the box. I used the hairspray technique over Alclad aluminum, pre-shaded, and a custom mix of Tamiya paint over that. The first time I tried that, it turned out too symmetrical and predictable looking so I gave the model a bath in Mr Color paint thinner and washed all the paint off and started over. It’s really easy to over-do it so I had to be really careful, patient, and persistent. It’s not my best effort, but it turned out okay. Tamiya kits are so beautifully engineered (and expensive) that I get a little nervous building them. I almost prefer a mediocre kit that requires a lot of sanding, filling and swearing. Building them is more gratifying to me because of the extra effort that goes into them.
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