Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden Empire of Japan GB
My second entry into Louis Gardner's Empire of Japan Group Build,. Thanks for the invitation Louis as I needed an excuse to build this kit and you provided it. This kit has been around for some time and has both raised as well as some recessed panel lines. I thought it would be a quick build but it wasn't. I did purchase a AM cockpit but only used the IP, belts, and some interior pieces. The canopy fit was a little iffy but I was impressed with how thin it was, almost vacuum form like. Construction was straight forward and mostly OOB but I did cut out the Nav lights and replaced them with some clear sprue.
My main concern were the decals, because of the age of the kit, but they preformed quite well. Should have realized when you place a yellow decal over dark green the yellow takes on a totally different hue. Lesson learned. Paints were Tamiya XF-17 Cockpit Green, XF-11 J.N. Green and AS-2 Light Grey. Everything else was Model Master acrylics, and nylon thread was used for the antenna wire. Not much weathering was used as I tried to depict her as a new A/C from the 352 Flying Group in April 1945, Kanoya Air Base.
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