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Tamiya 1/48 G4M1 Betty

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Tamiya 1/48 G4M1 Betty
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:13 AM

This one was just finished for the Japanese GB IX, a long running series of GB's hosted by Gamera.  Lots of nice builds going on there.

It is one of the Bettys that were part of the attack on the Prince of Wales and Repulse, December 10, 1941.

The last pictures are of contemporaries of the time.  The Zero was flown by Saburo Sakai, and although he was probably flying a different Zero at the time it would have been an A6M2, and was in the Java Sea battles.  The B-26 was a Midway participant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    January 2020
Posted by B777Commander on Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:54 PM
Wow, great job! I would be proud to have that shining star in my collection. Great job rigging the antennas too. Did you use Uschi van der Rotsen thread? It looks very fine. I would love to build a Betty sometime.
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:53 PM

That's a beauty John.  Really well done and a beautiful airplane. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 11, 2020 3:43 PM

That's a nice clean build right there!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:19 PM
Really nice build John

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:31 PM

Thanks everyone, it was a fun build, just a great kit.  I did use the Uschi thread, the superfine and it was very hard to see,  I finally put masking tape on each end so I could find the ends.  I'm sure it is near scale thickness because it's almost impossible to see!  I don't know if I could rig a 1/72 biplane with it, it certainly can't be pushed through a hole.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:31 AM

That's a beautiful bird. I just got this one for Xmas and I'm looking forward to building it. Excellent work.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Swayzee, IN.
Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 2:58 PM
Nice work! Picked up this kit a few months ago, but have been wrapped up in a few other builds right now. Was going to start the Betty before I started the Tornado I'm currently working on, but decided I wanted to grab some extras for it before I get started. This has me itching to get it out though!
  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, January 12, 2020 4:29 PM

Nice work!

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    March 2015
  • From: Inverness, IL (suburb of Chicago)
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, January 13, 2020 11:23 AM

Very nice looking build. Congrats!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, January 13, 2020 2:39 PM

Thanks, everyone, I appreciate the nice comments, this hobby is so much more fun when it is shared with other friends. 

 

For those that are going to build a Tamiya Betty, I will have paper camouflage paint mask patterns and patterns for a few of the window masks that I thought Eduard did not do well enough on my build log for the Betty.  Here is the link, though it will be a few days before I have it all written up:

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/g4m/1g4m/1g4m.html

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:43 AM

Excellent work, John. It's nice to see a Japanese plane from the beginning of the war that hasn't been weathered to death!

I've come to really appreciate your group shots, it's always neat to see how planes stack up with other similar birds, or in this case peers from the same timeframe. 

Thanks for sharing!

  • Member since
    June 2013
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:25 AM

Very cool John! Thanks for sharing. Glad to see you still around =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 6:20 AM
Nice work John. Thanks for sharing over here. I need to get back into group builds again.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 6:51 AM

Out standing job on those Japanese planes . i always wanted to build a betty In 1/48 but no place to put her, it looks bigger in a 1/48 B-25?

Nick.

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, January 19, 2020 1:29 PM

Really nice build and painting. The camo scheme came out very well. 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:56 AM

Crown, it is sitting next to a B-25 and a B-26 in the display case and yes, it's quite a bit bigger.

Thanks, everyone.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, January 20, 2020 9:31 PM

Excellent looking Betty John, very nicely done Sir!

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 20, 2020 9:35 PM

Good lookin' Betty and a very nice trio of builds as well John! 

                   

 

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