login   |    register
World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
Question about painting IJN aircraft
England - North East, United Kingdom
Joined: May 22, 2008
KitMaker: 649 posts
AeroScale: 434 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 08:10 AM UTC
I have the following 1/72 IJN planes to do and I would like to know the correct paints from the WEM colourcoats range to use.
Misubishi A6M5 'Zero', Aichi B7N 'Grace' and a Yokosuka D4Y 'Judy'. Now I know they are all Dark Green and Light grey but WEM do various different shades. I see there are Mitsubishi colours and Nakajima colours and some generic colours. Can anyone tell me the correct ones to use
Florida, United States
Joined: November 16, 2009
KitMaker: 34 posts
AeroScale: 12 posts
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 10:01 AM UTC

The Zero was built by Mitsubishi, and by Nakajima (under license). For complete accuracy, you'll need to determine which company built the specific aircraft you're modeling. So... you'll have to decide on markings for your Zero, and research from there. Keep in mind that Mitsubishi used interior green for the rear cockpit (or turtle) decking, while Nakajima used flat black for this area.

As for the other two aircraft, I don't know - I don't use WEM's aircraft colors. If you're just getting into Japanese aircraft, you'll quickly learn that paint color is something that is endlessly debated. I have read considerable debate on the accuracy of WEM's Japanese aircraft colors range. I tend to use a mix of Gunze and Tamiya greens for my IJN stuff. If you want to really delve into the accuracy question, the best places to start are:




Be warned... You may leave with more questions than you originally walked in with. It can be a big can of worms, depending on how "accurate" you want to be.



Texas, United States
Joined: January 30, 2006
KitMaker: 1,954 posts
AeroScale: 1,163 posts
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 11:47 AM UTC
Bill is right - it is a little complicated, and it depends on which factory and which aircraft (at least for the zero).

the aichi and yokosuka factory colors might have been consistent, unless they too had some construction at other factories...
New Jersey, United States
Joined: May 28, 2009
KitMaker: 239 posts
AeroScale: 95 posts
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 11:21 PM UTC
I had this same issue a few months ago, read a lot of stuff, and just decided to go with the Tamiya paints closest to the recommended kit colors figuring no one is going to see it but people visiting my house, only one of which is a fellow modeler.
So I went for technique over accuracy.

Then I threw the whole kit aside because the fit of the kit's parts were awful and it was no longer fun.
(it was one of the cheaper Hasegawa 1:48 Zero kits)