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1/48 Tamiya A6M5 Type 52

Finally completed Tamiya's A6M5. It is a very good kit, but it does suffer from some ill fitment in the canon inserts and the oil cooler/cowl flaps. The model was painted almost exclusively in MRP Japanese paints, and the upper paint was [...]

1/48 Hasegawa A6M2 Type 21 Pearl Harbor Attacker

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 [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 J2M5 Raiden 256 Kokutai

Another model completed for the Empire of Japan build. The Hasegawa kit is good for its age but could sure use a modern update, especially the cockpit, radio, separate cowl flaps, and an open canopy. Paints used were Mr Color and AK RC, [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 J2M3 Raiden

This was probably my longest build so far. I started in April with the crazy idea of building all 3 of Hasegawa's 1/48 Raiden (J2M3, J2M5, J2M6) at the same time, but that got whittled down to just the J2M3 (the other 2 are waiting on [...]

Tamiya 1/48 A6M3 Model 22a Zero

Just completed the superlative Tamiya Zero. it is a much more complex kit than I am used to building, but it went together without a hitch. this was my first attempt with multilayer chipping, and I have learned some lessons that I will [...]

1/48 Hasegawa Ki-100 - I ko

Here is my build of the Hasegawa Ki-100_1 ko that I completed late last summer. there were some issues with the fit of the gun troughs and front cowl ring, but nothing that couldn't be solved be slight shimming and lots of dry fitting. [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-44-II-Ko 85th Sentai

Another great fitting Hasegawa kit depicted as an 85th Sentai plane flown by ace Captain Yukiyoshi Wakamatsu. paints used were MR Color SM206 for the bare metal and AK RC Midori Iro base and Cha Kasshoku (Tea Color) brown splotches.

Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-44-I 33rd Sentai

Another fairly straightforward build construction wise. This unusual camouflage scheme took a few iterations to get right. Paints used were AK Real Color and Mr Color and weathered with a panel wash and oils. More details can be seen [...]

Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61-I Tei Hien 19th Sentai

I finished this model a couple of weeks ago. I don't have much to add regarding the build, other than it was my first modern Tamiya kit and it basically assembled itself. the plane was painted to represent one of the Ki-61 that were [...]