Hasegawa 1/48 A6M2 Zero
With Louis Gardner’s article series on Japanese aircraft colors ramping up (https://imodeler.com/2019/04/japanese-a6m-zero-colors-part-1/), I thought I’d deliver my take on the early war Mitsubishi A6M2.
Hasegawa’s Zero has been around for 25 years now, and it is still a very nice kit. It comes together very quickly and could do with basically the same improvements as every other aircraft kit – a seat with harness, and weighted wheels. I addressed the former with a resin seat from an old True Details set and sanded down the tires a bit.
Filling and sanding concern the usual suspects – wing roots and the wing/fuselage joint on the underside.
With this build I wanted to focus on the paint scheme and see where my own take on the colors got me. Here’s what I did:
– Cowling and cockpit deck: Hataka FS37038 Black – this paint has a weird blueish tint to it, so it worked quite well for this purpose.
– Cockpit interior: Tamiya XF-65 Field Grey. Yep, that works.
– Prop and spinner: AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium
– Main paintjob: Gunze H70 RLM02, mixed with a couple of drops of H310 FS 30219. I cannot give you an exact ratio here, just start with a few drops and see how you like the result.
For the markings I used a decal sheet from Techmod (48095 – Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero). It contains markings for three aircraft, one of them being a Zero flown from the Akagi during the Pearl Harbor attack. The markings on the sheet have an error though, as they provide yellow stripes for the vertical stabilizer, which this plane did not carry.
I kept weathering to a minimum, seeing as these machines were rather clean and shiny for the most part. Some dark brown panel line wash for the fuselage and dust wash for the cowling and tires was all it took.
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