Here is my 1/32nd Hasegawa Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai “George”.
Hasegawa sure does a great job with their kits and the Shiden Kai is not exception.
The model is fantastic. I can’t fault it in any way. Great detail and exceptional fit. A great pleasure to build.
The model was built out of the box except for adding grab handles and foot pegs to both sides of the fuselage, the undercarriage position indicator pegs on the upper wing and the red sliding canopy seal and EZ thread for the aerial wire. Hasegawa included a beautifully sculptured pilot figure. I am not good at figure painting but the pilot figure is so good I just had to paint him the best I could and seat him in the cockpit. This to me adds a bit of interest to the built up model.
I did a bit a research on the internet for the paint colors of the Shiden and found the best mix for Kawanishi Navy green was 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF11 JN Green and XF70 Dark Green 2. Once painted with this mix it looked a near perfect match to restored Shiden museum aircraft. As for Kawanishi interior green, I read that FS 34127 was the best match. For this paint shade I mixed 30/70 Tamiya XF4 Yellow green and XF62 Olive Drab.
I used the kit decals for Squadron Leader Lt Naoshi Kanno of the 343rd Naval flying group. I painted over the white aircraft number “15” on the fuselage Hinomaru with Tamiya X8 Lemon yellow paint to match the color picture I found on the internet. I have include this picture.
The salt chipping method was used and looks realistic to my eye. I also riveted the model with a RB rivet tool.
I used an old bottle of Floquil Bright silver for the natural metal areas and Tamiya XF12 JN Grey for the fuel tank, elevators and control surfaces.
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