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Mitsubishi-A6M5-Zero – Tamiya 1/32

Vintage kit from Tamiya which was sleeping for about 15 years in my basement. After some days sick at home I have decided to restart building models. Wow what a great feeling to redo something with my hands. I used Tamiya lacquers, dry brushing[...]

Tamiya 1/48 – Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

This plane represents one of the 2nd wave that stroke Pearl Harbour, from the Akagi. I scribed lots of panel lines and rivets so, at the end, did a heavy weathering to made those work pop. After a break of almost 30 years, I have lots of old box[...]

1:48 Scale Hasegawa, Mitsubishi A6M3, Model 32, Type 0, Navy Fighter, (Hamp)

This is Hasegawa's 1:48 scale kit of one of the variant's of Mitsubishi's famous fighter aircraft. Because of the squared off wing tips, allied pilots thought they were facing a new Japanese fighter, and gave her a different recognition name, [...]

The Akutan Ronin: Captured Mitsubishi A6M2b-21 Zero, Airfix 1:72, “Caged Warbirds” serie

As the third specimen of my "Captured Warbirds" serie this one is quite interesting. This Zero was shoot down over Akutan, Alaska, in the Aleutian islands, in July of 1942. The plane was shoot in the oil return line so the pilot, Tadayoshi Kog[...]

Project Completed: The 1/32 Tamiya A6M2 Zero

Well I finally completed her. Many of you provided wonderful comments and questions when I posted the past several WIP articles on this complex build. I truly appreciated all the compliments and comments. Overall this was a complex but fun bu[...]

Part 4: Tamiya A6M2 Zero—Having some fun with the initial weathering process

I really should be building the engine assembly and the landing gear but just could not get motivated for more complex assembly work. So instead I decided to start the weathering process with some basic paint chipping and staining. The attache[...]

Build Part 3: 1/32 Tamiya A6M2 Zero—-Putting on Decals and Semi-Gloss Varnish

In the 3rd part of the build I applied the decals and then applied Tamiya semi-gloss varnish. The model kit comes with decent decals to make 1 of 6 specific Zeros, all of them part of the Peal Harbor raiders. My customer, who has commissioned [...]

1/32 Tamiya A6M2 Zero: Build Part: 2 Painting Phase

This is the 2nd article regarding my build of the Tamiya 1/32 Zero. The 1st article covered aspects of the basic kit, along with photo's illustrating my progress on the highly detailed cockpit assembly with fuselage halves. Since then I have b[...]

1/32 Tamiya A6M2 Zero: Current WIP

I recently started a consignment build for a friend of mine who wants 1/32 models of Pacific Campaign fighter planes. He has already taken delivery of the 1/32 Trumpeter P-40B in AVG colors, and the 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair in VMF-214 colors.[...]

1/72 (Airfix) IJN Mitsubishi A6M2b (ZEKE) : The Battle of Midway (2)

Japan's fleet that makes a surprise attack on Midway is routed by an ambushed U.S. Navy. Japanese experienced pilots were mostly killed in the Battle of Midway, which gives them all the control of the Pacific Ocean afterwards. The Imperial Ja[...]