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 Post subject: 32nd Hasegawa A6M5c Zero
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2021, 17:24 
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This kit hails from 1972 according to ScaleMates. I bought the re-packaged Minicraft version in New York in 1977.

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Some aspects of the build :
- Kit has raised panel lines and riveting typical of the 1970s.
- After dealing with the fuselage seams, I reinstated the raised riveting using the self-adhesive domed rivets from HGW. These things are magic.
- The plastic is brittle and a horrible green but takes Tamiya super thin glue and Tamiya acrylic paints well.
- The limited recessed panels are like trenches but not much you can do about that.
- The wing / fuselage joints required absolutely no filler - amazing for a 70s model.
- Canopies fitted well to the fuselage.
- Nice cockpit detail OOB. I used Airscale instrument dial decals.
- Engine OOB is good, only requiring ignition leads.
- Some panel lines were scribed onto the cowling. Cowling latches were added using plastic card.
- Exhausts were hollowed out. Same for gun muzzles.

Paint used were (all Tamiya acrylics thinned with Tamiya lacquer thinners) :
- Cockpit interior - XF-71 IJN cockpit green
- Upper surfaces - XF-11 JN green
- Lower surfaces - XF-12 JN grey
- Aotake clear blue in main landing gear bays - Tamiay XF-16 based, Tamiya clear blue sprayed over.
- Weathering done over an acrylic gloss base (Tamiya X-22 gloss).
- Weathering doen using combination of MiG washes and oil paints.
- Subtle exhaust staining done using pastel.

Another one done :D

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PostPosted: 14 Feb 2021, 18:07 
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Mistral wrote:
I bought the re-packaged Minicraft version in New York in 1977.

44 years in the stash, looking good! =D>

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