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Woody Kubacki
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1/48 Hasegawa A6M2 Type 21 Pearl Harbor Attacker

May 31, 2022 · in Aviation · · 9 · 1K

This kit gave me some problems with the fit at the lower wing to firewall joint (large step) and apparent mould misalignment at the tail. I intended to finish this in time for the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, but I was late in starting and long in finishing. The model replicates one of the Zeros that crashed during the attack, piloted by PO 1c Takeshi Hirano (or I guess Hirano Takeshi, according to the Japanese way). Paints were a combination of AK RC (with a custom mix for the olive grey) and Mr Color. All markings were designed and cut by myself. Weathering was kept to a minimum, but was added as I doubt the planes were spotless.

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  1. Fabulous build and finish Woody!

  2. Superb looking Zero, Woody @wkubacki
    Great result on the selfmade markings as well.

  3. Another fantastic model, Woody! Everyting on it looks perfect!
    Well done!

  4. Looks great, Woody (@wkubacki). Paint and markings are well done.

  5. Beautiful model. What color is the cowling? It looks like it has a tint of blue. Thanks.

  6. Hi David @thevid, you are correct, the Japanese Army and Navy air forces used a blue-black paint for anti glare on cowlings and upper fuselages. The paint I used was Mr Color Cowling Color C125, but there also is AK Acrylic 11895 and MRP-432 (I really wish I had access to the MRP paint up here in Canada).

    I've attached a photo of a wrecked A6M3 at Munda, and you can see how the cowling has weathered and revealed more of the blue in the paint.

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  7. Really nice build and subtle weathering - looks fantastic!

  8. Nicely done, Woody!

  9. Wonderful build! The subtle weathering is spot on (pun unintended haha).

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