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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/48 A6M2b Type 21 build
rdt1953
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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 11:07 PM UTC
Thanks D - Ive been watching you as well but it seems you are a bit of a moving target - twin Me 262s one day then twin BMW cars the next . Nice work all around
and x 2 to boot ! Keep it up !
Cheers - RT
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 - 10:02 AM UTC
A little progress to report .
Fuselage painting done - panel line pin wash done all over . Two coats of Tamiya clear gloss over all and then rubbed out with 2400 & 3200 sanding pads. As this will represent a Mitsubishi built aircraft the wheel wells and gear doors are fuselage color - Vallejo IJN Ash Grey .
The exposed wing ribs at the wing tips and the gill slit on the forward fuselage are done in Aotake - the metallic blue/green seen on many Japanese interior components . I stay away from the commercially bottled colors representing this color because I think the gloss and metallic aspects are over done and look out of scale. I like to represent it by first spraying flat aluminum and then just lightly dusting over with highly thinned Tamiya XF - 8 Flat Blue. This way you can control the effect by gradually building up the color.


All fuselage decals now done and await clear overcoat .

Cowling painted to represent Mitsubishi Blue-Black . A one to one mix of Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black and XF-8 Flat Blue does nicely.
Thanks for looking - Cheers- Richard
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 12:42 AM UTC
Nice to see this progress and your usual but always-surprising attention to detail, and innovative approach to colors -- when commercial paints just won't do!
rdt1953
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Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2020 - 11:01 AM UTC

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Nice to see this progress and your usual but always-surprising attention to detail, and innovative approach to colors -- when commercial paints just won't do!


Thanks Brian for the kind words !
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Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2020 - 12:38 PM UTC
Looking really good Richard, beautifully neat work!

Cheers, D
rdt1953
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Posted: Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 02:45 PM UTC

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Looking really good Richard, beautifully neat work!

Cheers, D



Thanks D !
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 12:38 PM UTC
Getting closer to the finish line.

Painting mostly done - all rubbed out with Blue Magic on cotton t shirt squares.
Canopy and cockpit unmasked - always fun when that happens .


- and a shot of all the goodies ...


Thanks for looking ! RT
rdt1953
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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 08:53 AM UTC
Coming down the home stretch -
Wheel chocks made from those supplied with Hasegawa's Isuzu fuel truck kit but reduced in height to conform to those seen in carrier deck images. Under painted Dessert yellow then wood grained with burnt umber oils - drilled and joined with thread .

The first set of tie downs made with hooks and toggles from the Tom's Modelworks IJN tiedown set . These were abandoned because they were too small - the holes only allowed a size of thread that looked too light when compared with photos of the real thing - and the hooks straightened out when tensioned . I wound up making my own hooks from brass wire and toggles from brass shim.

Brake lines made from fine electronics wire - part of jacket stripped away to represent the hard brake lines up the the oleos and the jacketed section left to represent the greater diameter of the flexible line to the backing plates.



Underside done -

Aircraft mounted to base withe small brass pins and epoxy .
Chocks fastened with white glue and the second set of tiedowns completed and installed - they look much better than the first set !

I now need to paint the navigation lights Port and Starboard , mount the folded wingtip sections ,finish up gunsight and guns , headrest padding and sliding canopy section , antennae mast and antennae, and stick on the airscrew .
Next post may see it done !
Thanks for looking - Mr. Redcircles
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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 02:51 PM UTC
I'm stealing a bunch of images from this thread and filing them for future reference Did I just say that out loud? Shhh, don't tell Richard!

Awesome work mate, just outstanding detailing.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 05:45 PM UTC
Very nice!!!!
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2020 - 10:44 AM UTC
Thank you Mr. Rigby and Mr. Barnes !
Very flattering coming from gentlemen with the skills that you have shown .
I have made some more progress but I am in the process of moving this blog over to the new site - May be a bit before it is all caught up and the the new pics posted.
Cheers - Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2020 - 02:20 PM UTC
I have now moved this blog over to the new site - all future updates will be on the new site - hope everyone will Come on over !
Thanks all for following along .
Cheers - Mr. Redcircles