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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
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Tamiya 1/48 Zero A6M3/a
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 08:39 PM UTC

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Cool , I get the meatball stamp of approval ! No messing around with this one . Then again there was no wrestling with resin or PE parts .

Terri



Terri,
Don't think I've ever heard that before, but you flew through this build at warp speed for sure. Yet your final results are up to your high standards for sure.

So what's next build on your workbench?

Joel




Joel , I'm thinking Corsair ...



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Terri,
Great choice. Tamiya of course, but which scale?
Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:19 PM UTC

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A picture of the real bird:
ZERO | pic2url






Thank-you for sharing the photo




Terri
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:18 PM UTC

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Uh?!? Done in 13 days and looking like that? C’mon Terry, what superpowers do you possess that in a mere 2 weeks time you can deliver such a great model like this one.
Amazing, just amazing




I can't tell anyone the superpower which lies within me



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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:17 PM UTC

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Wait what ? This is done already ? How can You make something like this in 13 days ? Im impressed.




Jacob , I almost missed it myself !




Terri
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:14 PM UTC

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Cool , I get the meatball stamp of approval ! No messing around with this one . Then again there was no wrestling with resin or PE parts .

Terri



Terri,
Don't think I've ever heard that before, but you flew through this build at warp speed for sure. Yet your final results are up to your high standards for sure.

So what's next build on your workbench?

Joel[/quote]


Joel , I'm thinking Corsair ...



Terri
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:11 PM UTC

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Wow Terri, you really flew through this build! Everything about it looks high level, but I think the "office", your take on Aotake and the overall paint job really look the biz! Great work as always, and maybe someday I'll be able to get through a build as quickly as you while retaining the quality of construction.

Ernest



Thanks Ernest for the thumbs up



Terri
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 07:10 PM UTC

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Looks terrific, Terri! Very well done. To me the Zero is the most elegant japanese aircraft of WW 2. Need also to build one again. Have some in my stash ....

Torsten




Thanks Torsten . Yes the Zero does have an elegance to it , very graceful in her lines .



Terri
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM UTC
A picture of the real bird:
ZERO | pic2url
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 03:59 AM UTC
Uh?!? Done in 13 days and looking like that? C’mon Terry, what superpowers do you possess that in a mere 2 weeks time you can deliver such a great model like this one.
Amazing, just amazing
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 02:39 AM UTC
Wait what ? This is done already ? How can You make something like this in 13 days ? Im impressed.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 01:57 AM UTC
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Cool , I get the meatball stamp of approval ! No messing around with this one . Then again there was no wrestling with resin or PE parts .

Terri[/quote]

Terri,
Don't think I've ever heard that before, but you flew through this build at warp speed for sure. Yet your final results are up to your high standards for sure.

So what's next build on your workbench?

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 01:37 AM UTC
Wow Terri, you really flew through this build! Everything about it looks high level, but I think the "office", your take on Aotake and the overall paint job really look the biz! Great work as always, and maybe someday I'll be able to get through a build as quickly as you while retaining the quality of construction.

Ernest
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:38 AM UTC
Looks terrific, Terri! Very well done. To me the Zero is the most elegant japanese aircraft of WW 2. Need also to build one again. Have some in my stash ....

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:27 PM UTC

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Terri -

Wow ! You don't mess around,do you ? You just keep churning out one beautiful effort after another . This one may be my favorite to date ( I think we all know why )

Keep it up ! Richard




Cool , I get the meatball stamp of approval ! No messing around with this one . Then again there was no wrestling with resin or PE parts .



Terri
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:22 PM UTC

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Great finish, Terri! Everything looks great and the little details really stand out. The aotake color looks like the color of the foil wrapper for Trader Joe's honey mints.



Thanks Russ , never heard of those mints . Are they good ?



Terri
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 05:49 AM UTC
Terri -

Wow ! You don't mess around,do you ? You just keep churning out one beautiful effort after another . This one may be my favorite to date ( I think we all know why )

Keep it up ! Richard
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 05:25 AM UTC
Great finish, Terri! Everything looks great and the little details really stand out. The aotake color looks like the color of the foil wrapper for Trader Joe's honey mints.
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 04:18 AM UTC

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straight out of the bottle



Certainly my preference 9 times outta 10, but sometimes I get a bit fancy and try to mix up a cocktail.

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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 02:35 AM UTC
Thank you Spud For the base colour I used Tamiya XF-76 gary green ( IJN ) straight out of the bottle . This was applied over pershading of the panel lines using nato black with a few drops of red brown using the tamiya paints .


Joel , I never did care for using black for a panel wash , it's just to dark . So I will use either a dark dirt or dark brown with a bit of black mixed in .


Stick a fork in it , she is done .!























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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 08:24 PM UTC
Terri,
your build is really looking quite spectacular. On light colors the flory wash does indeed look most realistic, but I've moved away from it as my main weathering resource for darker colors. The end results always are just to uniform. Black basing really takes a beating from dark washes.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 02:16 PM UTC
Hi Terri, what to say.
Once again, really sharp detail in the pit and impressive speed without giving up quality. What mix did you end up going for with the base colour (exterior)?
I had read somewhere that the fabric control surfaces were a different shade, but can't recall where, maybe Richard could elaborate?
It's quite nice Tamiya provide masks, even if you have to cut them out yourself.

cheers
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 04:29 AM UTC
Hi Richard , thanks for chiming in about the colour and the clarification towards it . My thinking on it was if this was a clear coat over bare alum would it really have a metal flake tone to it . Nope I said and went forward and started spraying . I'm pleased with the hue but maybe just a tad more clear green for next time .

An up-date on the currant progress . So far the airframe has been painted , decalled and the start of the weathering . I used Flory's dark dirt for both top and bottom . Cowl and prop got the same wash as well . Landing gear and other bits are ready to go as well . Just a bit of pastel work and the final assembly and seal coat and this one will be done .



















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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 03:12 AM UTC

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Terri - Looking very good as we all have come to expect from your talented hands !
The mysterious blue/green color is Aotake - I think you have done a great job of it - you have tackled it essentially in the same manor as I would.
I like to lay down a base of some flat aluminum ( silver) shade and then dust over it with a highly thinned mix of flat blue/flat green. I have moved away from the ready mixed metallic blue shades offered by many as the metallic bit looks out of scale to me.
Amongst the experts ( which I make no claim to be ! ) this color is still the subject of some debate among even the most knowledgeable - it is my understanding that extant samples taken from areas of airframes that were reasonably protected vary greatly in hue from bluish to greenish. What is known is that Japan's aviation industry relied heavily on outsourcing of components from many sources , including small "mom & pop" cottage industries. This became more widespread as the war raged on and Japan's centralized factories were being devastated by allied bombing. Adjacent components on the same air craft have been found to be completely different hues. There is even some contention as to Aotake's purpose. While most believe it served as protection against corrosion , some think it may have been decorative or part of cultural superstition - it has also been suggested that it served as a markout fluid in the same way as metal workers use purple/blue die to layout workpieces today.
All these uncertainties are part of the appeal of Japanese aviation to me - fun and challenging to explore.

Keep up the great work - I always enjoy following your blogs .

Richard



Richard,

that's a great tutorial for sure. Seems that all of the main players in WWII had paint issues, including the good old USA.

Interior corrosion coatings must have changed nearly a half dozen times during the war, and Grumman's even went their own way with Grumman Gray. No one really knows what color it really was, as it changed all the time.

Joel

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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 01:33 AM UTC
Terri - Looking very good as we all have come to expect from your talented hands !
The mysterious blue/green color is Aotake - I think you have done a great job of it - you have tackled it essentially in the same manor as I would.
I like to lay down a base of some flat aluminum ( silver) shade and then dust over it with a highly thinned mix of flat blue/flat green. I have moved away from the ready mixed metallic blue shades offered by many as the metallic bit looks out of scale to me.
Amongst the experts ( which I make no claim to be ! ) this color is still the subject of some debate among even the most knowledgeable - it is my understanding that extant samples taken from areas of airframes that were reasonably protected vary greatly in hue from bluish to greenish. What is known is that Japan's aviation industry relied heavily on outsourcing of components from many sources , including small "mom & pop" cottage industries. This became more widespread as the war raged on and Japan's centralized factories were being devastated by allied bombing. Adjacent components on the same air craft have been found to be completely different hues. There is even some contention as to Aotake's purpose. While most believe it served as protection against corrosion , some think it may have been decorative or part of cultural superstition - it has also been suggested that it served as a markout fluid in the same way as metal workers use purple/blue die to layout workpieces today.
All these uncertainties are part of the appeal of Japanese aviation to me - fun and challenging to explore.

Keep up the great work - I always enjoy following your blogs .

Richard
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 09:03 PM UTC

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Thank you Joel for your continuing support

I have started the decaling and should have it done some time today and might even be able to start a bit of weathering .

To be honest Joel . I spent a bit of time online checking out refs on that colour and it all became very confusing and like you I know nothing about japan's aviation history of WW 2



Terri




Terri
Impressive build time for sure. I'd blame Richard for this increase in Japanese WWII aircraft interest.

Joel