1/48 Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude – Empire of Japan Group Build.
This is the 2016 Fine Molds kit. I can’t speak highly enough about its quality. It’s an outstanding kit in every way. Feel free to check out my build log in the EoJ group build section and you’ll see how nice it is.
The Claude was the predecessor to the famous Zero. As the IJN’s first monoplane fighter, it was basically transitional in nature. It retained fixed landing gear and the original enclosed canopy was soon abandoned for the traditional open cockpit that its pilots preferred. Mine is finished as an example assigned to the carrier “Hosho” in early 1942. The only thing I added were seatbelts modified from a British set. I chose this late in life Claude primarily because the markings are a bit different then the usual red tailed examples we see. The finish is Tamiya Silver Leaf sealed with Future over the decals and a final coat of semi-gloss mixed 1:3 from Testors Dull coat/Gloss coat. All of the other paints used are Humbrol Enamels. The final photo shows all four of the models that I’ve built for this Group Build. Thanks again to Louis and all of the other enthusiastic participants. This is the most modeling fun that I’ve had since the RAF group build in 2018.
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