EofJ GB 1/72 Fujimi Aichi B7A2 Ryusei Kai (Grace)
This is the Fujimi Kit C-34 Aichi B7A2 Grace, built as part of the Empire of Japan GB.
Straight OOB build using kit decals and Tamiya acrylics for the outer surfaces with a home mixes ‘satin’ clear coat.
Within the last couple of months, I only just realized that the ‘A’ in B7A2 indicates ‘Aichi’ – Just as the ‘M’ in A5M2 indicates ‘Mitsubishi’. Who knew? – Apparently everyone.
I can’t remember the first time I read about the Grace but I do remember liking its inverted gull wings which reminded me of the Corsair and throughout this build the B7A kept reminding me of the F4U.
Almost every part had some flash on it – some parts were pretty obvious and other part just had the slightest amount only noticed when test fitting. Not too much in detail for the cockpit – basic seats, stick and instrument panel and a rear machine gun. Raised delicate panel line details made me keep filler and sanding to a minimum but the worst fit was the bomb bay doors but everything else fit quite well.
Need to comment that the Tamiya J.N. Green XF-11 looks totally different with a light blue background compare to a blank white background. The green is almost too dark against the stark white.
Got to know my Neo internal mix airbrush a little more and the more I use it the more I wonder why I stayed away from it so long.
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Just added the last two photos – an attractive ‘model’ sitting by the pool on a sunny day!
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