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1/48 Tamiya A6M3 Zero

I was quite dissapointed when I opened this kit. Not many parts, not too much details, it seemed like underestimated myself. But, I had to add at least one Japanese WWII aircraft to my collection, and I did not expect too much from $20 kit. Still, despite it’s simplicity, this kit kept me occupied whole month (and I’m one of those fast builders). Eduard’s PE cockpit is added.

Assembly went well and fast, parts fit great. My worst enemy was Zero’s canopy, I just could not find nerves to mask that SOB. I spent most of the time playing with post shading and trying to add as much battle damage as possible. Considering worn out look I managed to achieve I skipped weathering, I just had no more nerves.

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6 responses to 1/48 Tamiya A6M3 Zero

  1. Boris, your finishes make this a fine model. It’s not about the number or complexity of parts; it’s about what the modeller brings to the project. Congratulations.

  2. This is an artistically beautiful build. I think the tones, shading, and general rendering are gorgeous. You’ve brought the whole model together in a way that looks realistic and achieves a ‘miniature’ look rather than a ‘model’ look.

    ‘Liked’.

  3. Considering the kit’s design dates from 1973, when it was the state of the art for the next 20 years till Hasegawa started owning the Zero, you’ve done a really remarkable bit with this old chestnut. It looks really good.

  4. A great-looking Zero – nice finishing work.

  5. Very nice Boris. I know what you mean about multi-panel canopies. I bought my first set of canopy masks for my 1:48 BP Defiant, a God send. I just purchased a set for a 1:48 B6N2 that I am currently building

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