rkranias Posted February 20, 2014 Share Posted February 20, 2014 May 2012 I returned to my childhood hobby after a 30+ year hiatus this was my first complete project. I posted finished pics of this when LSM launched in early 2013. Since, I have received several inquiries regarding this conversion. I felt it is time to get off my bunns and post the WIP. I hope this will be beneficial to anyone taking on this project. I truly had a lot of fun with this complete with lots of learning curves, angst, drama and many more challenging metaphors. Enjoy. MODEL DETAILS 1:32 Tamiya A6M2b Zero conversion to A6M2-N Rufe THIS BUILD IS A SERIES OF FIRSTS: First complete build from box in over 30 years, officially returning to my childhood hobby First using resin First using Photo Etch First using Masks First using Double Action Airbrush First using Acrylic Paints INSPIRATION At age 17 I took a 1:72 scale A6M Zero and attached floats from a OS2U Kingfisher. Vac-u-formed canopy and applied thinned wash weathering techniques for the first time. This model was my pride and joy. I took advantage of this opportunity to do a conversion with Tamiya's epic 1:32 A6M2b. In the end it was truly an enjoyable build with plenty of drama and angst. AFTERMARKET MDCCV32039 A6M2-N Rufe ConversionEduardBig Ed 3251: Engine, Landing Flaps, Interior and Canopy Mask.Air MasterAM-32/006 A6M5 Type 97 7.7mm MG.CMK5003 A6M5 Armament Set 60kg bombs, PE Stabilizers and Fuse Spinners.Maketar MasksImperial Japanese HinomaruRoundels mask set and Custom mask for tail number GENERAL PAINT DATA Upper Tamiya XF-11 JN GreenLower Tamiya XF-12 JN GreyInterior Tamiya XF – 71 Cockpit GreenEngine Alclad Magnesium, Burnt Iron, Exhaust Manifold, MIG pigmentsPropeller Alclad Airframe Aluminum, Exhaust Manifold 24 parts + Copper 6 parts, Dark Aluminum, Dura AluminumCowling Frames, Inside Cowling, Inside Landing Flaps Blue Aotake: Tamiya Clear Smoke 11 parts + Clear Blue 10 parts + Clear Green 1 part 60kg Bombs Mr. Surfacer 500 stippled with short stiff brush for texture then painted with Vallejo Model Air Olive Grey (RLM71)Hinomaru Vallejo Air Color: Red (RLM23) 20 parts + Vallejo Air Color: Fire Red 1 partWing ID Bands and Tail Number Vallejo Air Color: Yellow 5 parts + Vallejo Model Color: Bright Orange 1 part Finished Link: A6M2-N REPRESENTS A6M2-N Rufe Y2-102452nd Air FleetAquatic Airbase Shumushu, North Kuril Nov 1942 – January 1945**Assigned to Seaplane Tender – Kamikawa Maru, Feb 1943 – May 1943Y2-102 served as an interceptor for defending fuel depots at the Shumushu Island base North Kurile and served aboard seaplane carrier Kamikawa Manu. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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