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  1. This build took roughly a year to complete and features 3 Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft involved in the assault on Pearl Harbor. I discovered this kit from Hasegawa around the fall of 2022 and had a pretty rough time tracking it down. It is a limited kit and had a very small run. Fortunately though, my wife was able to score one off Ebay and surprised me with it. I was initially drawn to the kit having all three planes in one. Especially the B5N2 Kate with the torpedo. At the time of discovering this kit, I had also been wanting to build an A6M2. The D3A1 was icing on the cake as I have a bit of nostalgia from using that plane in the video game Battlefield 1942 as a teenager. Additionally, I purchased Eduard detail sets and mask for all three planes. Since I just finished the A6M2 Zero this post will also feature glamour shots of it alone. The A6M2 was the final plane I needed to complete to call this build done. A6M2 Zero: Interior: Engine: Carrier deck photos - These forced perspective photographs were taken on a 1:48 replica of the IJN carrier Hiryu (24”x36”) that I made. Background images were photoshopped in. Completed build for D3A1: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235134064-d3a1-val-pearl-harbor-attack/#comment-4849239 Completed build for B5N2: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235132510-148-hasegawa-b5n2-kate/#comment-4816388 WIP build thread for A6M2: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235134216-a6m2-zero-attack-on-pearl-harbor/#comment-4869009 WIP build threads for the D3A1 and B5N2 are on another modeling forum. I can provide link if requested. Additionally, I have a build thread for the carrier flight deck. Overall, I am satisfied with this offering from Hasegawa and am happy to have it on my display shelf. My one major gripe would be the decals provided. Majority of them are rather thick and brittle. I used all the decals for the B5N2 Kate, but decided to move away from them on the D3A1 and A6M2 when possible. Specifically I painted on the Hinomarus, and any type of stripe.
  2. This is the 3rd plane included in the Hasegawa 1/48 "Pearl Harbor Attack" limited release. The other two planes in the kit were a B6N2 Kate and a D3A1 Val which I have already completed. B5N2 Kate: D3A1 Val: The Box and kits within: The A6M2 included in the kit is offered in the markings of EII-102 (Mobile Task Force over sky direct support unit from carrier Zuikaku) or AI-110 (Pearl Harbor 2nd Attack unit from carrier Akagi). I will be going with AI-110. Along with the Hasegawa kit, I also purchased Eduard detail set, Eduard seat belts, and Eduard mask. Rivet work complete: Cockpit cleaned up for paint and PE parts: Cockpit painted in Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green IJN: Next up will be addition of the cockpit PE parts followed by weathering.
  3. The Kawanishi N1K holds the distinction of being the only production interceptor designed from the outset as a seaplane, and its progeny, the N1K1, holds the distinction of being the only production interceptor derived from a seaplane. Regardless of its odd gestation, the N1K1, known to the Japanese as the Shiden ("Violet Lightning") and the Allies as "George", represented a highpoint of Japanese fighter design in WWII. Once it shed its floatplane vestiges, the N1K1 was on par with, and quite similar to many of the Allied fighters it would face in the last two years of the war, it even bore a passing resemblance to American Hellcats and Thunderbolts with its burley barrel-chested fuselage and big radial engine. The N1K1-Ja was an up-gunned version, adding two additional 20mm cannon in pods under the wings. The 201st Kōkūtai was equipped with N1K1s of various types when it relocated to the Philippines in late 1944 and used them to effect during that campaign. Perhaps one of the more infamous facts about the unit, was that the 201st would carry out the very first Kamikaze attacks on Allied shipping. As a result, very few images of the 201st's aircraft survive from the Philippine campaign, but at least one N1K1-Ja, tail-number 201-53, was captured largely intact and was well photographed on Clark Field in Luzon. My 1/72 scale model is based on this aircraft, but with a different speculative tail number, 201-52, to account for some variation and the fact that I didn't have any strictly-appropriate decals for 201-53. The model was built using Tamiya's excellent 1/72 scale N1K1-Ja kit built out of the box except for the addition of Eduard Seatbelts in the otherwise well-detailed cockpit. Somewhat atypical of Tamiya kits, this one required a bit more "modeling" in terms of putty, sanding, and flash-removal than one normally expects. Overall, the build went without a hitch though. The underside was done in bare-metal finishes from AK's "Xtreme Metal" line, and the control surfaces and topside paints were done with acrylic lacquers from AK's Real-Color range. Decals were mostly the kit offerings except for the numbering on the tail. These were provided by a set from the bin, originally intended for a 1/35 scale Polish tankette but almost dead-on for size and font for a 1/72 Japanese aircraft.
  4. I’ve always been fascinated by Japan’s "Special Attack" Kamikazes forces, especially the lesser known Kaiten human torpedoes. A few years ago the Shochiku Corporation in Japan released the movie Deguchi no nai umi (Sea Without Exit), a drama built around the World War Two Kaiten program. Images from the film look pretty cool, but I haven’t seen it so far as I've been unable to find it on DVD or in an English language subtitled version. Anyway, Fine Molds released a 1/72 scale Kaiten Type 1 Human Torpedo model kit to go along with the movie, so I thought I'd give it a go!
  5. This is the very nice AFV Club kit in 1/350. It looks to be a simply build, but the addition of photo etch means taking your time with this will give you a nice result. I managed to get most of the photo etch on and the fit of the parts is very nice. I used some EZ line for the rigging and various chalks and pastels for the weathering. Now I need to get an I-400 to sit next to her.
  6. Hola comrades. I'm building a subject that I don't quite want to reveal yet, all I can say is that it's a japanese second world war dive bomber built by Aichi. I got some eduard photo etch seatbelts for it but the instructions only mention belts for Mitsubishi, Nakajima & Kawanishi. Would anyone here know which belts Aichi aircraft used?
  7. Hello, Here's my 1/48th Nakajima C6N1 from Hasegawa. The Saiun was a carrier based reconnaisance plane designed for the Imperial Japanese Navy, but by the time they entered service in 1944 there weren't many carriers left, so most of them flew from land bases until the end of the war. It was a fast plane, just as fast as the F6F Hellcat in level flight. The kit went together without much trouble. Masking and figuring out how to place the canopy sections was fun. Painted with Mr. Color lacquers and Vallejo metallic paints. It look perhaps a bit boring, but I wanted this to be a simple and fun build. Thanks for looking.
  8. Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster. Just getting back into the ship modelling. Just finished a half started Tamiya IJN Junyo and then moved straight onto this one. IJN Oyodo. Wouldn't have been my first choice, really wanted to do a Takao class cruiser but prices and supply make choices limited currently it seems. It did tick a few boxes for me however, I was keen to work on another IJN subject, it came with a fairly comprehensive photo etch sheet and I managed to snag it for £15 delivered. It's a late 70s kit, and boy does it show. The hull in particular is absent of any detail save a poorly molded anchor and some port holes. The photo etch I've added so far only replaces two plastic parts, the rest is all new detail so thank goodness I got the DX version with the PE. Saying that I'm enjoying the build and the photoetch is probably just at the right level in terms of complexity and amount for me getting back into the game. I've also never made a sea base so that's on the list of things to have a crack at. I'm trying to decide if it's worth picking up some brass barrels for the main 6.1inch guns but they're so small already I'm not sure if it's worth the money and time to install.
  9. Hey all getting started on my second build. As the title suggests, it's a 1/72 scale of the slated successor to be of the in/famous Zero, albeit too late for the IJN and in too few numbers to have effect as only 9(?) A7M2's were built. After the short comings of the underpowered Nakajima Homare NK9 driven A7M1 were addressed, with a new engine sourced, that being the Mitsubishi MK93(HA-43), it was pressed into prototype and later testing as late as June 1945. So come forward 75 years and here is little old me painfully cleaning flash and surface details to do the elusive kit some justice... justice Finemolds clearly forgot it's kits needed in the 2000's. Slow start, found the need to rub back everything. Sourced some reference pictures of blueprints, others finished kits and old photos i happened to come by, all with slight degrees of differences between them. Really need to get my hands on a "Maru Mechanic #5" for all the details. I'm saying this as i later found that this prototype had folding wings, shown on some blueprints, and having the correct reference material, it would give me a start at what would be the first kit with modifications for me. More on that later as well as colour scheme... orange sings to me but that also says it's still a prototype and not a fully inducted frame as the green does. Lads your opinions? Back to the kit, it is rather large for a 1/72 but then again compared to a Bf 109, everything is. The consistency if funny on this vintage of kit, all the details are there, but crudely finished where one needs to rub it all back to make it presentable. Case in point... The panel lines aren't the best either, and i might need to take our some locating pins. I got the chisel out to clean out the gallery between the engine bay and cockpit to give it some depth and consistency against the reference material Before After The recessed panelling at the forward end is for the exhaust pipes to exit. They got marked to be chiseled out themselves for more definition as i will be using actual tube or rod to simulate the stacks, the kit simply has flatish sections that doesn't do it justice. More on that next time. Until then, the fuselage ports and other areas will be reenforced with sheet and chiseled out the same to give the depth i feel it needs. Cheers
  10. Hello folks, Just completed my latest work on the table, a 1/48 J8M Shūsui rocket interceptor. As a Japanese copy of the German Me-163 Komet it was a less known topic, and Finemolds is the only game in town. The limited version I bought comes with a pair of cannon barrels so I made my Shūsui into a "what-if" combat ready model (The real one didn't pass beyond unarmed prototype stage). For a kit originally released in the 90's the assembly is super straightforward, apart from the built-in PE set I just replaced the plastic pitot tube on the left wing with brass, and it was ready for painting. I used the sole surviving Shūsui from the Planes of Fame Air Museum as a camouflage reference, but used green instead of orange (the colour for trainer/prototype aircraft). The upper was painted with dark green from AK interactive's WW2 IJN Aircraft Colours set. After masking I painted the bared lower using Gaia Colour's star bright duralumin. The roundels were painted too, after finding out the decals have become unusable after decades. The plane was weathered using MIG (filtering and washing), AK (panelining) and oil paints (color modulation and fake shadows) before a protective semigloss coating. I made a small round base using rigid foam covered with Tamiya's weathering paste. To better reflect the name of the aircraft (Shūsui means "Autumn Water" literally in Japanese) as well as the time it would've seen combat (Autumn 1945), I planted some yellow autum grass onto the base. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Some WIP pics: Cheers.
  11. Imperial Japanese Navy Type B1 Submarine I-15 (1939) & I-37 (1943) Kagero Super Drawings in 3D No.73 via Casemate uK The Type B1 Submarine were the first of the Type B Cruiser submarines built for the Imperial Japanese Navy. They were intended to be long range boats with a range of 14000 nautical miles. They had 6 forward 533mm torpedo tubes with 17 torpedoes being carried. They had a 14cm Deck gun, and unusually would carry a float plane for scouting. The hanger was faired into the conning tower and the aircraft would be catapulted from the forward deck. 20 submarines of the class were built. Later on in WWII some of the boats would have the hanger and catapult removed to replace it with a second deck gun. Submarines I-36 & I-37 had their hangers removed in order that they could carry Kaiten manned suicide torpedoes. Neither I-15 or I-37 survived the war. I-15 was sunk by the US Destroyer USS McCalla of San Cristobol in 1942, and I-37 was sunks by US Destroyers USS Conklin & USS McCoy Reynolds of Leyte in 1944. This is the latest book in Kagero Publishing’s superb series of Super Drawings in 3D. As with the previous books it has a brief history and the ships specifications at the beginning. The rest of the 65 pages are filled with the now well known style of beautifully drawn 3D renderings of every part of the ship. It is obvious that a lot of time has been taken to get the drawings this good and accurate, and there is a wealthy of information for the modeller to use during their build. Every area of the upper hull and superstructure is dealt with plus the lower hull including the propellers and rudder. There are a lot of close up renders of most of the equipment fitted, and the Seaplane carried by I-15. As is the norm with this series, Kagero have included B2 fold out sheets. The first features line drawings of both submarines, the second features deck guns, torpedoes and the seaplane. Conclusion If you love Japanese submarines and like to model them as accurately as possible then this book is most definitely for you. Highly recommended, Review sample courtesy of
  12. This is the Pearl Harbor version of Hasegawa's Kate, but since they don't include the right torpedo fins, I went looking for another colour scheme. I stumbled upon pictures of this surrendered Kate in green cross markings and well, why not? I left out the rear gun but apart from that it's OOB. It's a very nice fitting model. I did paint the camouflage under the white, which is applied patchy intentionally. It also looked as though they had really roughly painted the spinner and prop with a brush, so I tried to recreate that look as well. I'm not sure the aircraft ever flew, but it did look scruffy around the engine cowlings with the rest of the aircraft fairly clean. Green crosses were painted on and the '2' on the tail was from the spares box.
  13. I have a couple of Fujimi 1/72 Judys to make and would like to double check on a few things before building. I have the D4Y2 and D4Y4 versions. First is the cockpit colours, the kits say Aotake all over and Silver for the instrument panel. My guess is that the floor and seats etc would be Grey Green, the instrument panel Black and the cockpit walls in Aotake. Any thoughts on this? I've read that the D4Y4 was the single seat Kamikaze version that had a 800kg part recessed in the bomb bay. The kit however, looks exactly the same as the D4Y2 kit, except with a different nose section for the radial engine. Again any thoughts on this? The bomb bay for example is just the standard one with the doors moulded closed and it has 2 seats, so I'm thinking it's more like the D4Y3. thanks Mike
  14. Hello all, As indicated in the GB chat a number of months ago, I will join and doing a Kyushu Q1W1 Tokai (allied codename, Lorna) in 1/72 by Pavla. The Lorna was the first purpose-built anti-submarine aircraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyushu_Q1W Sprue shots: This project will need some masking (although the product is for Fine Molds kit, not Pavla): Some extras I may use. I'm still undecided how to model the Lorna... This should be a great GB, and I look forward to checking in on all builds! Regards, David
  15. A typical Fujimi model: not many parts, scarce interior details, very simple build and gentle panel lines. Build process went okay, some effort and several styrene strips are needed for the alignment of rear upper fuselage and the upper wing/fuselage joint. MLG interior could use some details, due to its size. Gunze colours were used over Alclad aluminium base. Upper colour is Gunze Nakajima IJN Green, lower surfaces Gunze IJN Gray. National insignia and yellow ID stripes airbrushed. AK weathering oils were used and chipping was done with various colored pencils.
  16. I really enjoyed this kit, it goes together extremely well considering it's size, I just wish Tamiya did the later version also! It's pretty much OOB with the exception of some seat belts and all insignia but the tail number was masked and painted. This aircraft was based out of Malaya in December 1941.
  17. Hasegawa Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan 'Jill' (1:48) Hi guys, so this will be my first work in progress build that I wanted to try and upload to the forum and felt this kit would be the best/ most interesting to do. The kit is relatively old but is amazingly detailed without an excessive part count which is what made me want to chose this from my stash; I have also never completed a Japanese World War Two aircraft, specifically an Imperial Japanese Navy one (I have a half built Zero which I need to finish at a later date) and so have a lot of ideas on how to weather it etc. I started this kit Friday evening and have just about finished the cockpit after a few more hours than intended over the weekend after deciding to take advantage of the busy cockpit which was conveniently moulded in three main parts. I wasnt too sure exactly what colour the cockpit was meant to be so tried to mix what I thought to be correct, however with all the kits I build I do not always go for 100% accuracy but more of an interpretation of the actual plane and feel this is the best balance when building a model for me. Here are a few photos of the cockpit just about finished, I'll be adding a few more photos at a checkpoint of the build: https://imgur.com/iS1IWuP https://imgur.com/DnNbVTe https://imgur.com/K3trXO7 https://imgur.com/URR0dm0
  18. Hello fellow britmodellers. Here is the first build I'd like to share pictures of. I don't intend to do a full WIP but only to show some pictures. It will take quite sometime between shots because my usual production time for a basic kit is of about 3 months. This one began on 12 march. It's FineMolds 1/48 A5M4 Claude, an impressive little kit, well engineered and with very good fit. I'm using Vallejo's metal colors for the first time and I'm very impressed. This one will be my first full NMF (if everything goes well - cross fingers here, please). So for today, just the cockpit floor with some bits attached and the engine. Interior color is Tamiya XF 67 Nato green and Gunze H63 metallic blue-green. I tried a very light wash with Tamiya smoke to reduce the "shine" of the engine (engine airbrushed with Gunze aqueous steel and Vallejo Duraluminium and exhaust manifold). Some drybrushing done on the cockpit floor with Vallejo flat aluminium and a very light wash of darkened green on selected places. Should the pictures not be visible, here is a link to the Google album https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMYLK2wAeOFtk6WMWMeQFNlCvO8QZbZtL7IU1QrCB3ZeFMMP3aFGUbnKkbRERSVkg?key=UEx6Zk5od3Yzd19MMFg1bmJxTEVMZ3FmbWJ6NGJ3 Thanks for watching.
  19. Hello fellow modellers, This is my Suisei "Judy" from Dai 541 Kaigun Kokutai in 1944. The kit is the old Fujimi 1/72 offering that came together pretty straigth forward, soft recesed panels and at bargain price, i really enjoyed this kit. The cockpit interiors where full done from scratch because the interiors where non existent, but the open option was not available, completes that beautiful adventure of masking that is the canopy nontheless. The model was fully riveted. I used vallejo acrylics, chipping agent, washes and aqcua pencils. The hinomarus are masked painted, and the id was self made with transparent decal paper and a little touch up with brush to match an example from the book "Imperial japanese Navy Airforce" part 2 from Eduardo Cea (Spain), a really great book with hundreds of color profiles. Highly recommended for those IJN enthusiasts. Cheers!
  20. STEEL Seatbelt Sets German WWI, British Late, IJN and Soviet 1:32 Eduard Eduard are continuing their build up of the steel seatbelt range with the release of these four sets. As we have found with the previously released sets, these are also pre-painted and appear to be remarkably flexible, and even with quite rough handling the paint adheres to the metal really well. They are still made from 0.1mm sheet with the resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm and have the same details printed on them, such as the webbing, stitching, and shadowing. Unlike some sets, all the buckles and clasps are etched as part of the strapping, so there is no fiddly work required to assemble each belt. [32874 – IJN Fighters] – There are six complete sets of belts in total on the single sheet. There are two for Mitsubishi late war, two for Nakajima and two for Kawanishi aircraft. All the lap straps are included but it appears that only the Mitsubishi and Kawanishi aircraft that used a shoulder strap arrangement. [32875 – Soviet WWII Fighters] – There are four complete belts included on the single sheet. Two of the belts are for Yakovlev aircraft and two are for Lavochkin aircraft. The Yakovlev shoulder straps are joined at the top, whilst the Lavochkin are separate, The instructions are nie and clear which set to use. [32878 - Late RAF WWII] – This sheet contains three complete seatbelts, all in a beige colour and with separate lap straps. All three shoulder harnesses are of the same type, naturally, and I believe they are meant to attach to the armoured bulkhead. [32879 – German WWI ] – The single sheet in this set contains enough belts to fit out at least six aircraft, if I have counted them correctly. There are just two variations with shoulder straps, the rest being just lap straps. With these you can detail your Fokkers, Albatros CIII, Hanover CI.II and other multi seat types. Conclusion Whilst many modellers are able to make their own seatbelts if they are not happy with the kit items, even if they are included, there are those who like the ease of using these style belts. The pre-painted look is, perhaps a little clinical, although there is some shading around the straps and clasps, but they can be weathered to your own personal taste. Review sample courtesy of
  21. IJN Mikuma Eduard 1:350 The Tamiya IJN Mikuma kit has been out some time and is a very nice kit in its own right, even though Tamiya missed a few details out. Now I’m sure Eduard have released these sets before, but cannot find the date of first issue, although the kit itself was last re-issued in 2010. The two sets arrived in zip lock bags with the new style yellow card inserts. Ships railings, (53166). If you think the title says it all, you’d be wrong, whilst there is a full ships set of railing on the single large sheet of relief etched brass, there is so much more. There are the ships anchor chains and stops, bollard tops, crane hooks for the smaller cranes, cable reels, for which the inner drum needs to be made from styrene rod, jack staff combined with a crane jib, some awning stanchions, watertight doors, new deck hatches which can be posed open or closed, and a selection of liferings. The ships boats are provided with new fittings, such as cradles, propeller shafts, propellers, rudders, thwarts, oars, railings, steering positions, wheels, liferings and ensign staffs. The mid section of the ships structure need to have some details removed before the etch can be added, and this includes the splinter shields around the secondary armament, access hatches on the aircraft handling deck and the boat cradles. The splinter shields around the bridge structure are also replaced. The set also includes new accommodation ladders, complete with the handling chains which are fitted to the kits cranes. The aircraft cradles, both for moving around the deck and on the catapults are fitted with new details and the midships section of the hull is fitted with new platform gratings and the torpedo handling cranes. There are more hatches and watertight doors fitted to the stern area along with additional cable reels and the ensign staff. Superstructure, (53167). This is another single sheet set contained within the same style packaging. The large sheet is full to the edges with replacement and new parts. Along with more replacement watertight doors, the sheet contains new intake grilles, searchlight towers, bases and railings, walkways, ladders, foot and hand rails for the funnels, along with new funnel caps and platforms. The aircraft/boat handling cranes is provided with a new jib, platforms, vertical ladders and braces, whilst the AA directors are fitted with new vision doors and the main mast with new platforms, ladders, armoured doors and yardarm walkropes. All around the superstructure there are additional liferings, inclined ladders, and yet more intake grilles. The aft mounted AA platforms are fitted out with new decks, supports, ready use lockers, inclined and vertical ladders, as well as having the kit splinter shields removed and replaced with brass. There is a completely new walkway between the forward and aft superstructure elements, whilst both of the catapults are completely replaced with brass parts. The rest of the sheet contains parts of the various weapons, with the most complex parts being used for the twin 25mm mounts for which only the kit barrels are used, the rest replaced. All the main turrets are fitted out with new ladders, railings, armoured doors, blast bag fittings and handrails. B and X turrets also have the prominent radio aerial masts attached to their roofs, something which the kit is missing. Conclusion The Tamiya kit is very nice out of the box, but with these two sets you could dramatically improve the finished model. There are so many parts that you will need quite a bit of patience and care to fit them all, as with any etch set, but the results will be worth it. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. IJNS Destroyer Kagero Eduard 1:350 It hasn’t taken long for Eduard to release these two sets for the new Tamiya 1:350 IJNS Kagero destroyer kit. Unfortunately I haven’t got my hands on the kit itself, so it’s taken a little while to figure out what parts Eduard have provided, as their instructions still let them down. Fortunately the etched brass doesn’t and there are more than enough details, both additional and replacement to satisfy the most ardent maritime modeller. Part 1 (53161). Whilst the majority of the larger parts on this single sheet make up the ships railings, which look distinctly of the Japanese style, not just generic, the set also includes numerous other much smaller details. All the inclined and vertical ladders are replaced, as are the anchor cables, which while a little flat on their own, it looks like there is enough stock to double the chains up, giving a more scale depth. There are new watertight doors, propeller guards, replacement side walls and doors for the forward torpedo reload boxes, new doors for the aft torpedo box, new grilles, platforms and cable reels, for which the modeller will need to provide some plastic rod for the reel centres. There is a replacement DF loop and support frame, new turret mounted aerial masts, a new griller for the large intake just forward of the funnel and the ships boats receive new thwarts and oars. The masts are fitted with new yardarms, rope walks, a weather vane, gaff, and braces. Part 2 (53162) This set also contains a single sheet, but this time it is crammed full of smaller detail parts. There are new davits, rangefinder doors, depth charge racks, windlass tops, winch control hand wheels, and more watertight doors. The frameworks that straddle the forward and aft torpedo reload stores are completely replaced with a pair of delightful PE parts that’ll require some careful folding, new funnel cap grilles, torpedo handling cranes, ships crane main jib, funnel foot and hand rails, searchlight faces. Then there are quite a few platform support brackets, along with complete replacement of the twin 25mm gun mounts, which include a new base, seats, hand wheels, sights and foot pedals. The bulky torpedo tubes and fitted with new scuttles, hand wheels for the loading end of each tube, hand rails, access doors, and top mounted toe guards, whilst the turrets receive new strakes for the sides and handrails for the front, sides and roof. Conclusion Eduard continue to release superb sets for us maritime modellers, no matter what ship is released, they have a set or five for it. Having looked at a built up model of the Tamiya Kagero, these sets will certainly help make it into not just a more detailed model, but one with a much highly level of finesse and accuracy. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. We have the latest products from Infini Model from South Korea arriving tomorrow, plus restock of the hugely popular cutting mats and lycra rigging line The new additions are: Imperial Japanese Navy, United States Navy and Royal Navy inclined ladder sets, all in 1/350 scale: US Navy radars (including turned brass parts) in 1/350 IJN Type 96 anti-aircraft guns in single, double and triple mounts (including turned brass barrels) and various ammunition boxes in 1/350 And last but not least, the full range of lycra rigging lines in white to compliment the black which we already carry.
  24. Hello everyone! This is what I have recently finished. An absolutely oob new Airfix Nakajima B5N2. There is nothing really special about this built, it went together pretty well and generally was fun to build
  25. Hello everybody, I just wonder why Japanese navy aircraft in the latter part of the war seem to have been painted green on the upper side. Most fighting took place over more or less tropical seas where the water appears rather blue. The camouflage schemes of the US Navy reflect that. By contrast in the North (or in higher latitudes) the colder, nutrient-rich water appears more greyish and greenish. That is where the Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey of the FAA fit in well. Maybe the green on the IJN planes was due to the fact that hiding on the ground (on land) became of paramount importance once most Japanese carriers were sunk after 1942, but the planes still flew a lot of time over water. Any thoughts on this topic? Ole
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