Empire of Japan-Fujimi 1/48th Aichi D3A1 Type 99 Val IJN Pearl Harbor
The Val is my first entry to The Empire of Japan Group build. The Fujimi Val is not as detailed as the Hasegawa offering, but shape wise it is pretty accurate. A kit from the mid 70’s, but it does have fine engraved panel lines. Just a toy like interior is the only drawback. Looking for any update sets that were made for this kit were not around, so I just adapted the Eduard’s zoom set that is for the Hase kit to enhance this one. Aeromaster decal #48-117C Part 1 were used for a Val that flew off the Japanese carrier Kaga in the 2nd wave that targeted Ford Island.
Mission Models Acrylics were used for the overall grey scheme, J3 Hai-iro Lt Grey with a Blue Black Cowl. The finish was in a semi-gloss finish. The Val’s on the the Kaga were not new like the Zero’s it shared the flight deck with. But were well maintained on board the carrier, True Detail’s resin wheels replaced the kit wheels and Dead Design masks were used to mask off the canopy.
Would love to thanks Louis Gardner’s great idea for this Group Build which has been very successful with so many participants and a number of unusual and rarely seen models built up and more to follow. Excellent turn out and a great job done by the master builder from Florida.
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