Tamiya 1/48 A6M2 Zeke
This is my second completion for the Empire of Japan group build. This Tamiya kit isn’t too bad for how old it is. Minimal part count makes it a quick build. It does lack detail but makes a good kit for practice. I built it OOB just adding some seat belts and some EZ line for the rigging.
I tried a few new things this time; marbling layer and scribing panel lines on the fuselage. The marbling was very time consuming but I think helps the overall finish. The scribing of the panel lines wasn’t too bad but I went a little too heavy on the passes making them too deep.
I was planning on doing the markings for Saburo Sakai’s plane but had trouble with the decals. Long story short I had to make do with what I had. So this is considered a fictitious plane as the the markings are not correct for any pilot or squadron.
Overall I like how it came out, except for a couple things. First the canopy came out terrible. I used the Montex vinyl canopy mask thinking they would work just like the masking (washi) tape variants. Wrong, the masks have really strong adhesive and are hard too remove leaving residue. There was also ridges and some seepage. I never had those problems with the masking tape type. Second I wish I would of used a lighter color for the panel lines. To me there is too much contrast compared to the light color of the plane.
I painted the plane using Tamiya and Mr. Color paints. The “Amber Grey” color I was trying to achieve is pretty tough to get right. After a lot of reading on Aviation of Japan website I learned it was more of a hemp/olive/khaki type color. First I used Tamiya Xf-76 IJN Grey/Green but it looked way too green, so I ended up spraying some highly diluted khaki and grey in many light layers over the top. I’m happy with the overall color.
Here’s a link to the WIP if interested.
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