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1/48 Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden Kai (343 NAG) "Naoshi Kanno" (Finished)

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1/48 Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden Kai (343 NAG) "Naoshi Kanno" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:01 AM

After a few challenging builds it was nice to do something easy, the Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden-Kai.  I chose the unique "White 15" markings of Naoshi Kanno of the 343 NAG.  Kanno, commander of the 301 FS, was an aggressive pilot and had 25 confirmed kills.  I read that he had the double yellow stripes painted on his machine to lure allied pilots into battle.  He also volunteered for a Kamakae unit, but they deemed him too valuable.  In August of 1945, he went MIA after combat with P-51 Mustangs who were escorting B-24 bombers. 

This seeming newer tooled kit is wonderful and a pleasant surprise.  It's right up their with their Ki-84 in surface detail and ease of contruction. The person I built it for said he wanted it heavily chipped so I used it as a chipping fliud/liquid frisket exercise.  It's a bit much for my personal taste but I'm still quite happy with it.  All markings were painted on with Montex masks.  I added PE seatbelts, wired the engine and gear legs, and added Quickboost cannon barrels.  My research said that Kawanishi Green tended to turn brown with age and sun exposure, so I made a custon blend of this color by adding XF-49 Khaki and XF-68 NATO Brown to XF-70 IJN green until it looked good to my eye. It was then faded with XF-57 Buff for further fading. I was pretty happy with the color as opposed to the typical blue green used on most Japanese naval stuff. The underside was a mix of Alclad and AK Extreme Metal. 

I was initially more partial to the appearance of the N1K1, but now I think I like the Kai better, which apparently means "advanced" in Japanese. To my eye it looks like a Japanese P-47.  I'll be staying in IJN mode as I have started a Pearl Harbor Kate torpedo version.  

 

  

 

  

 

A few in-progress pics....

 

 

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:45 AM

Beautiful! I'm not a big fan of the heavily weathered look, but I really like how that turned out. The display is fantastic. Nice work!

Joe

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Posted by falconmod on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:25 AM

Beautiful!!!  I love the weathered look you have,  makes me want to dig mine out and try it!

John

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:59 AM

Beautiful!  Great weathering job.  Nice base too.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:37 AM

Very nice.  Does have that thick fuselage and a Jug.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:37 PM

UnwaryPaladin

Beautiful! I'm not a big fan of the heavily weathered look, but I really like how that turned out. The display is fantastic. Nice work!

Joe

 

Thank you.  Me either actually.  I prefer a bit of chipping at the wing roots, leading edges and cowl, that's about it.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:37 PM

falconmod

Beautiful!!!  I love the weathered look you have,  makes me want to dig mine out and try it!

John

 

Thank you.  It's a great kit, you'll love it.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:39 PM

Don Stauffer

Beautiful!  Great weathering job.  Nice base too.

 

 

Thanks Don

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:41 PM

keavdog

Very nice.  Does have that thick fuselage and a Jug.

 

Thanks John.  Indeed it does.  I read these were just a formidable in the right hands too.  Landing gear failure and engine issues were it's main Achilles heel.  

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:27 AM

Bloody gorgeous build, Lawdog!  The chipping, while heavy, gives the appearance I've seen in photos of Japanese aircraft.

 

and the color and gloss on the base is nothing short of spectacular as well! 

 

All around, beautiful display!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:39 AM

Justinryan215

Bloody gorgeous build, Lawdog!  The chipping, while heavy, gives the appearance I've seen in photos of Japanese aircraft.

 

and the color and gloss on the base is nothing short of spectacular as well! 

 

All around, beautiful display!

 

Thanks Justin. I can't take credit for the base. One of my regulars  that I build for me makes those. They are quite nice. 

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Posted by waikong on Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:25 PM
what a beautiful finish! Excellent build!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:14 PM

Wonderful build, LD! You're on a roll with the IJN theme. What chipping fluid do you use?  

Congrats!

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:45 PM

waikong
what a beautiful finish! Excellent build!
 

Thank you!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:48 PM

Hoss WA

Wonderful build, LD! You're on a roll with the IJN theme. What chipping fluid do you use?  

Congrats!

 

 

Thanks Hoss. I used AK worn effects, however, the wing root, wing leading edge, and front of the cowl was done with the liquid frisket technique. 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, June 10, 2021 9:24 PM

Too wore out for me but it's still very nice work, Joe.  Ya gotta do what the recipient wants.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 11, 2021 8:58 AM

That's friggin' perfect!!! You usual beautiful work!!!

I've done a few heavy chipped aircraft but am probably going to cut back on them. I wish mine looked half as good as yours! I love how you kept the chipping in the areas the plane would get the most wear from the pilots and ground crew scrambling over the aircraft.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:35 PM

jeaton01

Too wore out for me but it's still very nice work, Joe.  Ya gotta do what the recipient wants.

 

Thanks. Actually it's fairly accurate for the late war Japanese stuff. I've seen worse than this in real pictures. 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:50 PM

I think you did well my friend, The detail and wear are spot on for what you were trying to achieve. I built a Shiden Kai years ago in 1/24 from Bandai and think your description of a foreign P-47 is pretty close.

Ben

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:55 PM

Nice one Lawdog!  I love the brutish look of the George compared to most other WW II Japanese fighters.  Personally I favor the initial mid-wing version, but that's because it looks "edgier" like how the Convair F-102 looks versus the F-106.  Both the Shiden-Kai and F-106 look more developed and business-like in my eyes.

BTW I believe "Kai" means modified, perhaps based on the word "kaizo".  I knew I should have payed more attention in Japanese school!  And I have no idea of the odereing of "Ko", "Tei" and "Otsu".  Oops, I feel Watanabe-Sensei coming at me with her ruler again!  Surprise  We nicknamed her "Bulldog Sensei" because of her pugnacious personality.  Imagine an 80-year old Japanese version of Linda Hunt.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:16 PM
Wow! Beautiful job. Love the weathering and panel wash.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, June 18, 2021 4:35 AM

DRUMS01

I think you did well my friend, The detail and wear are spot on for what you were trying to achieve. I built a Shiden Kai years ago in 1/24 from Bandai and think your description of a foreign P-47 is pretty close.

Ben

 

Thanks Ben. Now that's a stunning Shiden. Thanks for sharing it. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, June 18, 2021 4:39 AM

Real G

Nice one Lawdog!  I love the brutish look of the George compared to most other WW II Japanese fighters.  Personally I favor the initial mid-wing version, but that's because it looks "edgier" like how the Convair F-102 looks versus the F-106.  Both the Shiden-Kai and F-106 look more developed and business-like in my eyes.

BTW I believe "Kai" means modified, perhaps based on the word "kaizo".  I knew I should have payed more attention in Japanese school!  And I have no idea of the odereing of "Ko", "Tei" and "Otsu".  Oops, I feel Watanabe-Sensei coming at me with her ruler again!  Surprise  We nicknamed her "Bulldog Sensei" because of her pugnacious personality.  Imagine an 80-year old Japanese version of Linda Hunt.

 

Thanks, yeah, you could be correct. As Dr. Evil would say... I don't know animals...er I mean Japanese. When I was reading up on it, they said that's what that word meant.  Close enough I suppose. 

I prefer this lines of the 1 as well, but this is a way better kit in my opinion. I've built both. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, June 18, 2021 4:40 AM

Chemteacher
Wow! Beautiful job. Love the weathering and panel wash.
 

Thank you 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 18, 2021 7:29 AM

Hot Dog!

 Darned if that plane doesn't remind me of a P-47 Thunderbolt!( JUG) I like the way you finished it. Many looked like that near war's end. Oh, I love both your cockpit and engine work. Well Done!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:45 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hot Dog!

 Darned if that plane doesn't remind me of a P-47 Thunderbolt!( JUG) I like the way you finished it. Many looked like that near war's end. Oh, I love both your cockpit and engine work. Well Done!

 

Thanks Tank

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, July 1, 2021 5:37 AM
Great build Joe. Makes mine I built 15 years ago look like a toy

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 1, 2021 6:34 AM

That looks really good LD. The chipping looks very realistic and it’s not overdone either. In the later years, Jap aircraft paint peeled off the metal skin in big chunks as seen on period pictures so you did well. I have built several of these 1/48 Hasegawa Georges and are a delight to work with.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:50 AM

This one got away from me Joe. You've really perfected your method for building such beautiful aircraft. Way to go ol' buddy. Way...to....go!!! 

                   

 

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Posted by bvallot on Friday, July 9, 2021 11:03 AM

That's an odd looking engine. I don't recall seeing that one. Really nice chipping happening here. I need to get me some frickett fast. I like how you addressed the undersurface as well. What color did you do the two center panels in? I know panels like that tend to be more reflective than the other surrounding panels in general.

I'm so committed to Alclads as well but I'm seeing a lot of other metallics on the market. Have you been trying anything different lately?

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