N1k2-J Shiden-Kai

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第三四三海軍航空隊, 戦闘301飛行隊, 紫電二一型局地戦闘機


1/72 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai "飛びます"


Hasegawa has basically "owned" the N1K2-J for 30 years, since they introduced a 1/72 kit of the airplane in the early 1970s that advanced the state of the art with razor-sharp trailing edges and engraved panel detail. This kit is still in production and still the best of this airplane in 1/72 scale.


The kit is the N1K2-J, the early-production Shiden-Kai with the larger vertical fin and rudder. The model comes on three sprues of medium-grey plastic, with crisp molding, and a clear 3-part canopy that is almost as thin as a vacuform canopy.


Decals are for two aircraft of the 343rd Air Corps, including the aircraft flown by Lt. Kanno on March 19, 1945.


I replaced the barrels with brass rods, drilled a hole on the belly for the flying position. Painted the engine with Gun Metal and dry brush with silver. Pre-shading by using dark green, basically it's Gunze 15 + Black. Decals expired since it's a 30 years kit so I have to masking & spray myself.


I use the decal of Squad Leader Lt. Naoshi Kanno of 301st Fighter Squadron/343rd Naval Air Group, Matsuyama air base, 10 April 1945.


Making paint chipping using Gunze 8 - Silver, more on left side as pilots & crews always step on the left. I use Brown enamel paint to make the rusty/oxidation effect. Rigging wires and it's done.


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Thanks for viewing, cheers!
 
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papa 695

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Very nice work there Kitti, I really like the chipping and staining.
 

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Great job kitt , cheers tony
 
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