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Pedro L. Rocha
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EoJ entry: The Plane that came from a Sub- Aichi Seiran

July 14, 2020 · in Aviation · · 43 · 1.8K

This was my joy for the last 8 weeks or so, building a kit that although not the cutting edge of today still bears the hallmark of this brand- an easy and straightforward build.

SonI took most of that time detailing, either with some scratch parts, or just paint work in my usual “artistic” view. I won't list all the extra bits I added, but a careful look will show you many;-)

Painted with Tamyia IJN grey and Green, cockpit with my own mixes using Real Colors from AK, all markings are painted (only the manufacturers plate stencil is decal). The dolly was painted with oils for the wood effect and hull red for the body frame.

Hope you like it, I sure did and It was my first floating duck plane since I took this hobby in a more “serious” way.

Thank you to all that followed the WIP and especially to my friend Louis Gardner for his contagious enthusiasm that brought me into building this kit that lingered in my stash for 23 years or so.

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43 responses

  1. Very well-done. Finish work is exceptional. All good.

  2. Beautifully built and finished. The "marbling" pre-shade effect works perfectly.
    Weathering is spot on and your dolly looks great. They are more fun when they come out this good, eh?

  3. The weathering is really good! Nice work.

  4. Great build and finish on the Seiran Pedro and a good representation of your usual high standard of work!

  5. Beautiful work, Pedro!

  6. Incredible build, Pedro.
    The weathering, detailing and chipping came out very well.

  7. This is an amazing finish of an amazing build, Pedro!
    Will definitely be a reference upon building my Seiran.
    Having followed this build from the start, all I have to say is that it was a great journey, resulting in an astonishing model from every aspect.
    Congratulations, my friend!

  8. Pedro @holzhamer
    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you work the magic when you built this one. You captured the looks perfectly, and it looks fantastic ! You should be very proud of this build. I don't recall seeing another one as nice as this one is.

    I also want to personally thank you for joining our ever growing Empire of Japan group build. I know that building Luftwaffe subjects is normally your thing, but having you post up how this beauty went together was a joy to watch unfold.

    I will definitely be using your work in progress journal as a reference when it comes time to build up the one I have in my stash. It is an older Tamiya kit, but it still shines you have shown us all here.

    Now maybe I can persuade you to build your A6M next ? Enthusiasm is contagious. You have persuaded me to get going on a project I have been wanting to build for years now... My 1/48 scale Dragon / DML Ju-188... and it just might get a Mistel partner to go with it. You just never know...and I have painted the wheels for my 1/32 scale RoG Me-262 AND the 1/32 RoG He-219 kits. Things are getting serious at the "Iron Werks".

    See what some good encouragement and enthusiasm can do ?

    I definitely hit the "liked" button too. Thank you again my friend !
    Stay safe...

    • @lgardner Louis, there you go again mate, tempting me for another made in Japan 🙂
      Well, first of all thanks for the flattering words, and also for coming up with the best GB I’ve seen around here when it comes to quality and quantity, period.
      I’ll think about that second build, you know I still have some Ponies to master

  9. Great to see your Seiran posted for all to enjoy. The fine details and subtle painting effects make it look 1/32nd. I especially like the weathering. As I said in the EOJ build, this is easily the best build of the Tamiya Seiran I have yet seen online. Thanks for the modeling inspiration!

  10. Beautifully done!

  11. Hi Pedro. Looks real. Museum quality.
    What an idea in warfare this was ! Water planes are my faforite subject !
    Thank you.

  12. Nice work, Pedro, great result!


  13. How do I hit 'Like' 20 times?
    From the top tip of the antenna to the bottom of the dolly, a fabulous build Pedro.
    Thanks for showing us the build in the EoJ GB.

  14. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Surely this is one too look at and admire every angle of it Pedro.
    Very nice and well applied weathering. A pure joy too see more so for me after all the times I lost, this one really make one realize the passion for the hobby.

  15. Exceptional build Pedro.

  16. Well done Pedro, your finish is outstanding and that dolly is like the cherry on top of the ice cream Sunday. Nicely done.

  17. Excellent work! great weathering, panel line definition, and overall finish is spot on.

  18. Beautifully painted and weathered - fantastic build all the way around!

  19. Outstanding. This is the sort of work that encourages me. A true inspiration. Well done Pedro.

  20. Great job, Pedro. Weathering looks great, as well as the detailing. I always wanted to build the compartment that these fit into on the submarine, and then build one of these all folded in its stored condition. Then I took a look at the work that would be needed to get this plane all folded up and decided to do something else.

    • Thank you very much George.
      Yes that would be an amazing diorama but an infernal scratchbuild project also. I remember seeing a photo of one such dio on the web, no reference to scale, and the amount of details there was pharaonic sized. And all you had was the plane still unfolded, the the open ring hatch of the sub hangar and the continuous ramp... crazy but beautiful work

  21. Wow! This came out amazing. Job well done

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