1:48 Tamiya A6M2 (riveting and re-scribing exercise)
I am trying to learn how to do riveting and re-scribing a old model kit. I built this 1973 release of 1:48 Tamiya Zero. This is more a learning exercise for me. The challenging part is translate the drawing from 2D to a 3D slightly curve surface. That seems to make the surface more interesting. I took some artistic license on the rivet lines as the kit’s panels didn’t quite match the drawings.
This is a very old kid. I re-fitted a Type 52 cockpit from Aire for Hasegawa kit into this. The difference between the two versions of the Zero isn’t that big so it is just some minor modifications like the number of dials on the left side panel. I added photo etch parts for the flaps and added some wiring for the engine. I replaced the machine gun barrels with metal barrels.
I model this with the markings for Lt. Sumio Nono from the carrier Hiryu at the strike on Pearl Harbour.
He was later shot down in 1942.
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