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1/48 Tamiya A6M3 Model 32 Hamp (204 Kokutai) Finished

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1/48 Tamiya A6M3 Model 32 Hamp (204 Kokutai) Finished
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:27 AM

My best buddy Chris, who I've known since 1st grade (when we had bowl cuts), is credited with getting me into this hobby.  We built them as kids, but it involved tube glue and I don't think we used paint (at least I didn't, I built cars mostly). I then got interested in the usual other stuff and that was that.  Then in 2001, as we shot pool in my basement, he was telling me how he still builds models, but now he has progressed to using an airbrush to make them realistic.  Wow!  Who would have thought!  I was intrigued and began reading books on the subject (I had no internet at the time). 

Chris then gave me an old Badger 250 single action with a propellant can and under his tutelage, off I went with an $8 Spitfire I bought from Drug Mart.  It turned out lousy, but I kept going (and reading).  Well, that was almost two decades ago and I have continued on with this wonderful hobby. 

As for Chris, Life got in the way as it does sometimes and he stepped away from the bench for a while.  Now he's at a point in his life to where he's back building.  I'm glad he's back because he's quite the modeler, way better than me.  Anyways, with this, we decided to do a tandem build of the same kit, something simple.  We perused our stashes and decided on the old Tamiya Zero Hamp, which we both had. This kit is nothing fancy, basic cockpit, engine and a weird mix of raised and recessed panel lines.  Please join me on mine.  

  

I will be doing the cover art subject, "T2-197", piloted by Kenji Yanagiya from the 204 Kokutai in the summer of 1943. Yanagiya was a member of the Yamamoto fighter escort on that fateful April day, but he was flying T2-169 on that day.  He was credited with 8 victories and was the only escort pilot to survive the war. 

    

The kit was released in 1982 and is quite basic.  The wings have a mixture of recessed and raised panel lines while the fuselage's is all raised.  I dont get it.  Why not recess them all?  Clearly they had the technology. I went back and forth about rescribing the lines, which I totally hate! Ultimately I decided to do it figuring the kit was cheap,  there weren't too many lines, and I certainly could use the practice.  Out came the Dymo tape and Squadron Scribing tool and off I went. It's not perfect but I can live with it. 

  

So much for simple.  I couldn't resist rigging the engine.  

All painted. Of course, once again, I forgot to add push rods.  Why do they constantly forget to add these? Probably the same reason I forgot to add them...LOL.

It seemed that Nakajima sometimes used a red brown color for their wires. I followed suit.  

I painted the wires dark red, then washed and weather the engine.

Wires definitely make a difference.

I turned to the cockpit.  It's pretty poor, especially the instrument panel which is flat and supposed to get a decal. I decided to use PE for the instrument panel and seatbelts.  Of course I got the wrong one, which is apparently designed for the newer Type 32 kit, but I made it look presentable in there. 

 

 

Eduard got the color wrong big time.  This is more US interior green.  I tried to copy it so it won't look ridiculous. The IP still looks better than a flat decal. 

 

It looks ok once installed.  

I had no trouble with the fuselage.  A test fit with the engine and cowl in place.  

The cockpit fits nice too. I may need more scribing on the in deck area.  It could get tricky there.

A test fit.  I don't think there will be wing root issues, common on Hasegawa Zeros.  

I hope to be buttoning this up soon.  

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by RadMax8 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:42 AM

Pretty cool story about you and your buddy!

Build looks good so far, you’re braver than I attacking with a Squadron scriber. I could never get mine to follow a straight line. Maybe that speaks more to my skills than the tool though.

If you really want to dive deep into the hole of Japanese paint research, I think you’ll find the cockpit color isn’t too terribly far off what you might see on a Mitsubish-built Zero which had a more olive green primer, while the familiar pale green is associated with Nakajima-built examples. 

Ole
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Posted by Ole on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:08 PM

Off to a great start!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:01 PM

As usual looks fantastic! Looking forward to more.

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Posted by mawright20 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:58 PM
I enjoy when others research their topic the way I do. It adds to the project.
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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:01 PM

RadMax8

Pretty cool story about you and your buddy!

Build looks good so far, you’re braver than I attacking with a Squadron scriber. I could never get mine to follow a straight line. Maybe that speaks more to my skills than the tool though.

If you really want to dive deep into the hole of Japanese paint research, I think you’ll find the cockpit color isn’t too terribly far off what you might see on a Mitsubish-built Zero which had a more olive green primer, while the familiar pale green is associated with Nakajima-built examples. 

 

Thanks Max,  Indeed scribing takes practice.  It was especially challenging with this kit due to the light. almost white plastic. Your work is very hard to see. 

That's true about the cockpit color.  It's my understanding that Tamiya XF-71 is supposed to be close to the Mitsubishi version and Nakajima's was more brownish, but who knows.  Or maybe I have it backwards. I know one of them painted the gear bay and iside of the doors Aotake and the other was either NMF or underside color.  Again I can't remember which.       

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:01 PM
Thanks Ole

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:02 PM

Gamera

As usual looks fantastic! Looking forward to more.

 

Thanks Gamera

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:03 PM

Thanks mawright, I try without getting too carried away with it.

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:12 PM

lawdog114

 

 
RadMax8

Pretty cool story about you and your buddy!

Build looks good so far, you’re braver than I attacking with a Squadron scriber. I could never get mine to follow a straight line. Maybe that speaks more to my skills than the tool though.

If you really want to dive deep into the hole of Japanese paint research, I think you’ll find the cockpit color isn’t too terribly far off what you might see on a Mitsubish-built Zero which had a more olive green primer, while the familiar pale green is associated with Nakajima-built examples. 

 

 

 

Thanks Max,  Indeed scribing takes practice.  It was especially challenging with this kit due to the light. almost white plastic. Your work is very hard to see. 

That's true about the cockpit color.  It's my understanding that Tamiya XF-71 is supposed to be close to the Mitsubishi version and Nakajima's was more brownish, but who knows.  Or maybe I have it backwards. I know one of them painted the gear bay and iside of the doors Aotake and the other was either NMF or underside color.  Again I can't remember which.       

 

The Mitsubishi interior colour is more greenish- sorta like US interior green. The Nakajima interior is more grey- something like RAF interior green.

The colour demarcation line between the green upper surface and grey under belly is different too. I don't remember about the gear doors and bays.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by sanderson_91 on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:22 PM

Hey Joe!

Looks great!  I wish I had time to sit at the bench.  It really sucks when work gets in the way. ☹️

Steve

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:46 AM

Gamera

The colour demarcation line between the green upper surface and grey under belly is different too. I don't remember about the gear doors and bays.

 

I remember that too.  I wish I could remember where I read this stuff.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:48 AM

sanderson_91

Hey Joe!

Looks great!  I wish I had time to sit at the bench.  It really sucks when work gets in the way. ☹️

Steve

 

Thanks Steve. I hear ya, my bench time is at a premium too.   

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5:23 AM
Looks great Joe. If I remember right. Mitsubishi gear bays are underside color. Also the cowling and fuselage under glass is blue black. Nakajima bays are aotake but main gear doors are underside color. The smaller butterfly doors are aotake. The cowling is flat black

 

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Posted by bvallot on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:32 AM

Love the origin story. =] I imagine many modelers on the forum start in a similar way, but that one's especially nice. I'm trying to get my buddy I grew up with to do the same. We did once build a tank each while watching Band of the Brothers on dvd (straight through...before we got married and had kids).

Tame that old nag. Whip her into shape!!

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:26 PM

Coming along nicely Joe. Engine looks fabulous as always. Looking forward to the lawdog finish

 

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Posted by The Drifter on Thursday, February 21, 2019 4:16 PM

Wow Joe,

That engine looks amazing! I saved this build so I can reference it when I get ready to build my first aircraft. Wonderful work sir!

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:55 PM

Your builds are always stupendous.  I always look forward to your builds and try to learn as much as possible from you.  

Your friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Hasegawa 1/72 “George”.

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 1:56 AM

tempestjohnny
Looks great Joe. If I remember right. Mitsubishi gear bays are underside color. Also the cowling and fuselage under glass is blue black. Nakajima bays are aotake but main gear doors are underside color. The smaller butterfly doors are aotake. The cowling is flat black
 

Thanks Johnny.  I will use this a my roadmap when I get to painting.  I'm thinking a Mitsubishi built plane.  I need to find where I read all this info.   

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:08 AM

bvallot

Love the origin story. =] I imagine many modelers on the forum start in a similar way, but that one's especially nice. I'm trying to get my buddy I grew up with to do the same. We did once build a tank each while watching Band of the Brothers on dvd (straight through...before we got married and had kids).

Tame that old nag. Whip her into shape!!

 

Thanks Britt.  One of my favorite memories was in 1980 on a weekend sleep over at his house where we built the old Monogram P-61.  I remember buying the kit at K-Mart Specially for the sleepover with allowance money.  We hand painted it and it turned out pretty sweet for two 8 year old kids. 

I think our affinity for the zero was from watching the Final Countdown because we wanted to splash the zeros in F-14 Tomcats.......lol.  That my have even been the same weekend.     

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:09 AM

Greatmaker

Coming along nicely Joe. Engine looks fabulous as always. Looking forward to the lawdog finish

 

Thanks Robert. 

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:10 AM

The Drifter

Wow Joe,

That engine looks amazing! I saved this build so I can reference it when I get ready to build my first aircraft. Wonderful work sir!

 

Thanks Drifter.  It's nice to have you along.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:12 AM

Tosh

Your builds are always stupendous.  I always look forward to your builds and try to learn as much as possible from you.  

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thank you Toshi.  I hope you and Mrs. Toshi are doing well.  

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:04 AM

I sat down last night and had a 6 hour painting session.  Very theraputic.  First things first. I left off at airframe assembly.  I had no real issues as this is a fairly simple kit.  After I was satisfied with the seamwork, I hit it with a light coat of Alclad Micro Grey

Like the N1K1, I wanted this one to be another exercise in paint chipping. This time I would reserve the silver Alclad (Duraluminum) and subsequent chipping fluid to areas I intended to show wear, mainly the nose, fuselage, and wing root area. I only sprayed these areas.

I added the yellow ID bands to leading edge of the wings then taped them off.  I'm guessing the tape will strip some of the yellow off, which is what I'm going for.  Then I preshaded the panel lines. 

Next I sprayed everything that was going to be red XF-7 Flat Red with a few drops of black in anticipation of masks.  These areas being the Hinomarus (meatballs), fuselage stripe, and the wing walk lines.

I used a mixure of Tamiya tape and Montex masks.  

T2-197 had white surrounds on the Hinomarus.  This was sprayed and masked off.

Next I got to the paint, which to me is very confusing on this particular plane. Tamiya's instructions would have you paint the whole thing light grey then add green splotches and dots.  After looking at period pics of this subject (which were blurry and didn't reveal much) and some profile drawings, I decided to go with something similar to this. Faded green over IJN Grey. I decided to go less splotchy.  

I'm always look for new paint to try out.  The AK Interactive Real Colors line recently got my attention so I watched some reviews on You Tube. All reviews were favorable.  They are lacquer based and supposed to be exact matches to the original colors.  I had to try them. I started with their Japanese Navy set #37, which has 4 bottles of the colors needed to do a Navy fighter, two greys and two greens. 

  

I started with the Hai-Iro Grey which I presume is IJN Grey. I'm no expert, but I'm gonna say this is probably the correct color for the elusive Pearl Harbor Zero color.  If not, the other grey is.  I used it with their thinner and must say I may have found my new favorite paint.  Wow!  They sprayed like silk and left a smooth matte finish, unlike MRP's semi-gloss which I don't like. The smell was tolerable for a lacquer and it dried very quick too.  The only drawback I see is the bottles are small, the size of the smaller Tamiya 10 ml bottle, and the paint will go quick.  I have Tamiya 23 ml bottles that are almost 20 years old.       

Since I wanted to do some serious fading and chipping on the uppers, I decided to stick with what I knew on top, at least for this project. I used Tamiya paints, namely XF-13 IJA green as I think their IJN green is too dark, making it hard to weather. Instead of Tamiya thinner I tried Mr. Leveling Thinner as I've read other modelers have had great results.  They are right!  This stuff does wonders for Tamiya Paint as it makes them spray beautifully. 

I added some XF-57 Buff and did some fading and streaking. I faded the control surfaces as well.  

 

I also sprayed the engine cowl XF-1 Flat Black with some XF-8 Flat Blue added.  Once I was satisfied, I removed all the masks. I then took a blunt toothpick and like the N1K1, began chipping.  I focusing on the port wingroot, cowl, and leading edge of the wing.  I'm happy with the results and the more I use the chipping fluid the more I like it.    

Soon I'll fire down a gloss coat.  I'm going to try the X-22 Clear with Mr. Leveling thinner recipe.  I've read this is the best clear coat there is.  I'll advise.     

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Rambo on Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:45 AM
Wow you did it again another beautiful paint job. I'll be using this as a reference when I go to build mine.

Clint

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:05 AM

Rambo
Wow you did it again another beautiful paint job. I'll be using this as a reference when I go to build mine.
 

Thanks Clint

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:01 AM

Really nice paint work and chipping! I think you will like the X-22 with Mr Leveling Thinner...it goes down really nice.

-Andy

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:25 AM

Looking good.

 

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:34 AM

Hot diggity lawdog.  My favorite plane done in lawdog Style.  Markings and finish fantastic as usual Bow Down

 

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Posted by dmk on Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:51 AM
I'm bookmarking this for reference on how to paint and weather a Zero. Beautiful work and thanks for sharing your techniques!

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