1:48 Tamiya A6M2 (riveting and re-scribing exercise)
I am trying to learn how to do riveting and re-scribing an old model kit. I built this 1973 release of 1:48 Tamiya Zero. This build is more of a learning exercise for me. The challenging part is to translate the drawing from 2D to a 3D slightly curve surface. That seems to make the model more attractive. I took some artistic license on the rivet lines as the kit’s panels didn’t quite match the drawings.
This kit is ancient. 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 Pearl Harbour’s strike.
He was later shot down in 1942.
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