J2M3 Raiden Tamiya 1/48
I finished this kit recently, it has been a really fun project. The Tamiya kit doesn’t have too many details, the wings had recessed panel lines and the fuselage halves had raised details, so I had to re-scribe them. The canopy was a single piece, so I divided it into sections, but the main part was damaged, so I did one from a clear plastic pack where the cheese comes from, heating it up enough to deform and giving the shape I needed.
The cockpit’s pretty flat, in order to improve it, I had to scratch build many details as the instrument panel, some levers inside the cockpit, details on the cockpit floor, walls and the radio behind the pilot seat.
I also riveted the whole model to give another level of detail, the Hinomaru’s were masked and painted on the wings and the sides of the fuselage, the kit itself fits pretty decently for being a mold from 1973.
Overall, an easy, cheap and fun kit with lots of room for improvements 😉
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