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Tamiya 1:48 KAWANISHI N1K1-Ja SHIDEN TYPE 11 (George)


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N1K1 from the 402nd Fighter Squadron, 341st Fighter Group. This is a very nice kit with great fit and low parts count. When I opened the kit I set myself a challenge; finish a kit in under a month. If you discount the 10 minutes it took me to attach the aerial this morning, the build took 15 days. Why oh why does it take me 3 – 4 months to do others?

Innards painted with Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green lightened with XF-4 Yellow Green and an Eduard pre-painted seat harness set was added. While the paint was drying I joined up the wing parts and drilled out the wing guns. There were minor gaps along the wing roots which, to be honest, were thinner than the engraved panel lines beside them so I left them. There was a fine gap on the lower wing/fuselage join. This was only on one half which is odd as the rest of the fuselage lined up. Thin plastic card was used to fill. I sprayed the wing I.D. bands with Vallejo Model Air White and then their Gold Yellow. A Google search doesn’t seem to show the later available anymore in the Model Air group of paints. This was left to set-up for at least 24 hours before masking. Bottom done with Vallejo Metal Color 77.706 White Aluminum and again I let it set for 24 hours before masking. There is a small pattern under the stabilizers and to mask this off, I enlarged the instructions, laid a piece off Oramask 810 over the instruction area I wanted to use as a mask, cut it out, removed it from the paper and stuck it to the model. This stuff is pretty low tack but I removed a bit more. I sprayed the top coat done using Tamiya XF-11 J.N. Green and as is my wont, started to immediately remove the masking. Not one bit of Vallejo was harmed in the process. I noticed a bit later than I didn’t have full coverage on the left side so the next day I remasked and reshot. Once again no paint lift from Vallejo. I’ve read builds where people have used Liquitex Gloss for a clear coat so I bought some and figured I was use it for my first time of spraying clears. My biggest fear of spraying clear coat is “when do I know when the airbrush is cleaned out” so I triple cleaned it. A few observations here about Liquitex. It sprays great when cut with 25% water and dries fast. I noticed I had pebbling so I’ll put this down to fast drying and the fact that I was spraying about 6-8″ away. Next time I’ll get closer and go slower. The decals…those freakin’ Tamiya decals. I used everything in my arsenal including Walther’s Solvaset to try and get them to lay down in the panel lines and nada. The last attempt was to pool Walther’s on the wing decals and walk away. I went down the next morning and the decals stood proud. Finally I got some paper towel, soaked it in scalding water and pressed firmly into the decals…success. The next day I went down to put some more decals on on noticed that the previous decals, for the most part, had raised out of the panels lines and I raised the white flag. I clear coated the decals and then weathered with Tamiya XF-16. When dry I ran some Tamiya Grey Panel Liner along the panel lines. Watching videos about this technique shows various wait times up to half an hour before removing the excess but I remove it almost immediately with good results, about a half a wing or fuselage at a time. I let this dry overnight and then flat coated with Microscale Flat. The aerial was done using Uschi van der Rosten Super-fine thread

 

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Very nice, not a type I'm familiar with, but I know it now! Thanks!

 

 

Miko (Japanophile)

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Good to see this rare model built. It seems not to be very popular with our peer modellers. I think it's an underestimated model because getting it right is a challenge, and all available 1/48 kits need some 'help'. Your top surface camouflage looks the part.

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By George, that's a nice George! I really appreciate the time you took to outline the build  and finishing process, and you have confirmed my thinking that  the Tamiya decals are to be avoided like the plague! Very nice model, Fubar. Hai!

Mike

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2 hours ago, Toryu said:

Good to see this rare model built. It seems not to be very popular with our peer modellers. I think it's an underestimated model because getting it right is a challenge, and all available 1/48 kits need some 'help'. Your top surface camouflage looks the part.

Thank you. This had to be one of the easiest models I have ever built out of the 100+ that I have finished. I posted the photos on another site and one person said I overdid the weathering. I included two photos of the actual aircraft (both sides) to prove him wrong. A day later a guy sent me an almost perfect photo of the left side and apparently I didn't weather it enough. Also, it looks like the lower surfaces were a grey colour and everything I had been told were that these aircraft were natural metal or a silver colour. Now it got me heading for more research

1 hour ago, 72modeler said:

By George, that's a nice George! I really appreciate the time you took to outline the build  and finishing process, and you have confirmed my thinking that  the Tamiya decals are to be avoided like the plague! Very nice model, Fubar. Hai!

Mike

Thanks Mike. When I read about builds, the most important thing for me is what paints are used and any mixes so I like to include this as well. To include difficulties with the build is important to me as well. The more info I get from reading about a model build will determine whether I buy the kit or not. I also include my usage of Vallejo paints as there are so many who dislike the brand. I totally agree they are a bit more fragile than other acrylics and some of their colours are off, especially the early offerings. Once I figured out never to touch the paint for 24 hours after spraying I haven't had any more problem with paint lifting after masking than any other acrylic paint. I've used Tamiya decals before and never had this much trouble. Yes, they took some coaxing but yowsers, this was a battle about who would give up first. If the military want to make invincible aircraft and fighting vehicles, coat them with Tamiya decals

 

George

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2 hours ago, fubar57 said:

I didn't weather it enough. Also, it looks like the lower surfaces were a grey colour and everything I had been told were that these aircraft were natural metal or a silver colour. Now it got me heading for more research

 

It all depends on whether you want to depict the model in the state it was photographed by the US Forces after extensive exposure to the elements and little care, or while it was operational (usually less chipping, only around the much-used panels).

 

The underside of Shiden 1 might be natural metal except for the control surfaces (fabric), and possibly the cannon gondolas (wood?)

 

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Thank you. I’ll post the photo once I get back to my laptop

 

 

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2 hours ago, Toryu said:

 

It all depends on whether you want to depict the model in the state it was photographed by the US Forces after extensive exposure to the elements and little care, or while it was operational (usually less chipping, only around the much-used panels).

 

The underside of Shiden 1 might be natural metal except for the control surfaces (fabric), and possibly the cannon gondolas (wood?)

 

 

 

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Nice to see a N1K1. N1K2 builds appear to be far more prolific in modelling land. Something I too like about Tamiya in my dotage. Low parts count, consistently great fit and decent detail even in their older kits.

 

I have the Hasegawa N1K2 which typically has a considerably higher parts count than anything Tamiya in class, and an Arii N1K1 both in 1/48. The Has is good, and the Arii (Otaki) original really wasn't bad for the money with the exception of the moulding of the oil cooler and of course, the dreadful decals. Closed canopy only option in the Arii of course, and the crude cockpit is rendered moot by being unable to see anything inside that tiny cockpit once the canopy is on particularly with the seat occupied by a Tamiya pilot from the spares box.

 

Finally, very nice rendition of a beautiful -in the eyes of this beholder, subject. 👍 

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