In Stark Contrast to The Fire Station
The same month I was arguing with that darned fire station I was also building a 1/48th scale FineMolds A5M-4 "Claude" for some much-needed relaxation. Like all recent kits from that manufacturer this one just fell together, needing no filler and only minimal sanding and polishing, with just a set of lap belts in the way of aftermarket.
The interior and cowling were painted with the appropriate JNAF colors courtesy of Mr Color, while the airframe was done with Floquil Old Silver. Hinomarus were from the kit decals while the alpha-numeric code on the tail came from the spares box. Weathering was accomplished using Tamiya smoke and pastels and the whole thing was dusted with Alclad clear flat to provide a slightly weather beaten appearance.
The kit itself is beautifully molded, easy to work with, and definitely looks the part when it's completed. An easy date, if you will!
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