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George Henderson
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Hasegawa 1/48 "Captured" Kawanishi N1K2-J

March 21, 2017 · in Aviation · · 13 · 2.1K

This was is a great build for an old kit. No filler used at all, even the pesky fuselage/wing join. I used Rising Decals "Dying Sun Pt.III and they worked great. For chipping I first laid down some Tamiya Flat Aluminum and the painted over it with Tamiya J.N. Green XF-11. When it was thoroughly dry, I used ½" X ½" pieces of full strength blue painters tape and started lifting off the green paint

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  1. This the first of them, with the raised panel lines?

  2. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Nice build of a old bird George.
    The markings truly make for a good conversation among friends and fellow modelers.

  3. Well I'll say's definitely different. 🙂

  4. Nice to see a different treatment - captured birds are always interesting. Looks like your treatment for chipping worked well.

  5. I've seen that last photo, or others taken at the same time. They were being flown to a collection point by japanese pilots, escorted by ours. I'd guess it was Gendas group, though hard to tell with the tailcodes overpainted. A lot of other aircraft were disabled by having their propellers removed. Some of the pilots might have tried a last kamikaze. Flights by japanese aircraft were strictly controlled, with special markings. Eventually that ended, and the aircraft were either shipped stateside for evaluation, tested locally, and then the remainder destroyed.

  6. Thanks all, I can't remember the last aircraft I built that was marked or coloured normally. Bernard, according to the site the kit was released in the '80s with the number U002-700, with raised panel lines.

  7. Great job ! Nice photo also.

  8. George, thanks! I thought so. The box art on that was one of the best I've ever seen, and the kit is a beaut. I remember the 50th Tamiya from way back. Wonder if this is one of the Mania kits, now that I think about it. I'll have a look, thanks for the link.

  9. Nicely done, George. It's great that you found a picture of the real one, too.

  10. I like everything about this one... Especially the unusual markings of a captured plane (with a photo too) !

  11. George, nice to see an old kit done well. Nice job indeed.

  12. Thanks guys. Louis, I have decals and kits for about 8 more captured aircraft. Just need to get off my keester and start producing

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