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1/32 Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden 352nd NAG (Finished)....

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  • Member since
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/32 Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden 352nd NAG (Finished)....
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:02 AM

Hello, I thought I'd share my latest experiment which is still in progress.  I continue to experiment with chipping using a mix of the hairspray and liquid frisket technique(s). I chose the 1/32 Hasegawa J2M3 Raiden "Jack" as my Guinea Pig so to speak. The Raiden was apparently designed as a bomber interceptor but struggled getting up to the B-29's operational altitude, so it was given heavy cannons to compensate.  It's my understanding it was only moderately successfully in this endeavor as the Ki-44 and Ki-84 fared better.  Either way, it was still a neat looking machine and was apparently designed by the same guy who designed the Zero.  

I'm going with the box art 352nd machine with the lightning bolts.  It was flown by Yoshihiro Aoki in March of 1945.  My research revealed he only had two confirmed kills in October 1944 but there were perhaps more.  The lightning bolts were reportedly for boosting moral in defense of the homeland. 

It's nice to be back in the "easy on the eyes" scale.  The pit looks fine out of the box, but it's nothing fancy.  I added a seat belt from the stash (old FW190 lap belt) and I wired the radio.  I sprayed the interior AK Real Colors Mitsubishi Interior Green.  Seems a bit too olive to me.  Oh well. 

 

 

Great fit. 

Got here in no time.  So far no fit issues. 

The engine is fantastic.  So is the cooling fan detail.  Like the FW190, he engine will be hidden.  What a shame.  I painted it up anyways and gave it a Tamiya panel line wash. 

I added Alclad Aluminum to the areas I as going to chip, namely the wingroots and cowl.  Time for paint.

 

I then began my experimenttion.  I sprayed hairspray down on the silver.  Once dry, I added some liquid frisket on a sponge to some areas, mainly the wing roots and cowl.  I then did my normal painting.  After a black preshade, I used XF-19 Sky Grey on the underside then XF-11 JN Green on the upper side.  Both were then reverse black based by lightening the colors to produce a tonal fading effect.  These turkeys sat outside and i bet they oxidized quickly.  The grey was cut with XF-2 white and the green with XF-57 Buff. Once done, the frisket was wiped off to reveal chipping.  I like the effect.  For other areas, I wet the paint which activated the hairspray underneath.  I then chipped with a toothpick.  The meatballs were then painted and so were the arrows (which were an exercise in patience, but better than trying to use Hasegawa decals this large).  I suppose I could have documented this better, but here's how it turned out. 

  

 

I recently discovered the LG bays should be Aotake.  I'll fix that 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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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:22 AM

That looks sooooooooooo cool!

I'm going to have to try some liquid frisket film. I've tried the salt technique and the results were okay but I like yours much much better.

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

 

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Posted by knox on Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:44 PM

Your talent still blows me away. crazy good looking plane. 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:27 PM

Gamera

That looks sooooooooooo cool!

I'm going to have to try some liquid frisket film. I've tried the salt technique and the results were okay but I like yours much much better.

 

Thanks Gamera.  I'm not brave enough for the salt thing.  I guess the trinity spatter templets give the same effect too.  I have them but have yet to try them out.  

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:27 PM

knox

Your talent still blows me away. crazy good looking plane. 

 

Thanks Knox

 "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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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 22, 2021 10:20 AM

You're probably better off with this technique. The salt method is hard to control. I tried to put more around where the paint would logically chip off like the crew access areas and the leading edges and it works - sorta. The salt just doesn't want to stay on stuff like the leading edges. What you've got looks much better!

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

 

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, October 23, 2021 4:32 PM

Gamera

You're probably better off with this technique. The salt method is hard to control. I tried to put more around where the paint would logically chip off like the crew access areas and the leading edges and it works - sorta. The salt just doesn't want to stay on stuff like the leading edges. What you've got looks much better!

 

 

Thanks. Yeah, I have no real desire to try this. 

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:29 AM

I finished this turkey up last night.  I must say I forgot how much I like working in this larger scale.  Everything is so much easier, especially on these old eyes.  This kit was a joy and went together very nice.  The Raiden isn't particularly my favorite Japanese fighter and truthfully, the lightning bolts, in general, look dumb to me.  It's funny, when I was asked to build one of these I said to myself....."self, I hope it's not the one ith the lightning bolts he wants"...naturally lol.  Well, That said, it was still a fun build and great practice for weathering the dark IJN Green.  The only gripe I have is the short-shot windscreen on the port side where it meets the sill.  Unfortunately I didn't notice it untill it was too late.  I may fix this with a little chunk of styrene, or I may not.....lol. 

Other than some PE belts. it's pretty much out of the box.  I did wire up  brake lines with lead solder.  The decals came with a choice of white or yellow tail codes, as they apparently weren't sure of the proper color.  I originally tried using the white ones, but they came apart in water.  Undaunted, I then tried the yellow ones and had no issues.  They snuggled right down.  I have no idea what that was all about.     

Next I'll be doing a 1/48 Ki-44 to continue my chipping practice and a Macchi 202 which won't be as chipped.  Like this Raiden, these are two I've never done so I'm looking forward to them. 

        

 "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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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:56 AM

Turned out great.  I've got the old 1:48 Tamiya kit in progress and going with sadaaki akamatsus mount - no lightning bolts. Trying my hand a chipping as well.   Yours turned out great.  Btw, what color do you use for the yellow on the leading edge of the wings?

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:06 AM

keavdog

Turned out great.  I've got the old 1:48 Tamiya kit in progress and going with sadaaki akamatsus mount - no lightning bolts. Trying my hand a chipping as well.   Yours turned out great.  Btw, what color do you use for the yellow on the leading edge of the wings?

 

Thanks. It's Tamiya flat yellow with a couple drops of red added. I use this color for all my prop tips too. It makes them pop a bit more.  No

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:23 PM

So much greatness to look at here! I think this has to be one of my favorite Japanese fighters.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:19 PM

Mopar Madness

So much greatness to look at here! I think this has to be one of my favorite Japanese fighters.

 

Thanks Chad. 

 "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 Hoss WA on Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:37 PM

Wow! Excellent result on the chipping. I'm finally experimenting with AK chipping fluid. Your technique is masterful. Congrats. 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:47 PM

Hoss WA

Wow! Excellent result on the chipping. I'm finally experimenting with AK chipping fluid. Your technique is masterful. Congrats. 

 

Thank you Hoss. 

 "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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