Star Blazers Yamato
I have always been a huge fan of the Yamato from the anime series Star Blazers, so, I treated myself to the 1/500th Scale Yamato from Bandai. This is an exquisite kit with perfect fits and an amazing model-shelf presence once completed. It is molded as a snap-fit kit in multi-colored plastic so it can be assembled without glue and displayed without actually being painted. I glued all the hull components, even though they really didn't need it, but I press fitted all the small parts.
I wanted to show a little weathering, so I painted the kit with Tamiya spray can lacquers (Hull Red and IJN Gray). The panel lines were accented with Tamiya acrylics sprayed with my Iwata airbrush. This was a super fun project and a perfect diversion from my usual fare of military aircraft. Projects like this also give me the opportunity to use a little creative license when painting and detailing. It's healthy to get out of your comfort zone on occasion, right?
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