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Mitsubishi A6M2b Type 21 Zero (Airfix 1:72 + aftermarket details)


McCoy

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Here's my current project that I started on August 2nd. Progress have been slow due to long periods of neck pains but I hope to be able to wrap it up within this month.

 

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Where's all the cockpit details?

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A little start with the PE.

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The usual build chaos but still relativly tidy.

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The result after one PE fret and started on the second fret.

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Instrument panel, cockpit floor and the seat.

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The cockpit sidewalls.

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The engine.

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The fuselage is closed

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Some putty is needed

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The reflector sight is rather small.

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More PE

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Vallejo primer in place after a longer rest from it all.

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Looking quite good so far.

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The rivets looks nice

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All the fiddly work with the two part PE gunsight feels worth it in the end.

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Some mild violence over night.

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It turned out good, too bad that the loop antenna was too big under the canopy n' got a bit crushed.

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I've found my new love in Eduard's pre-cut masks.

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PVA glue in the wheel wells.

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And dried.

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PE for the tail hook instead of the kit one.

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The Sakae engine mounted.

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With the wings in place it's starting to look like a Zero.

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The mandatory putty.

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The cowling in place.

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Tamiya XF-71 Interior Green.

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Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan

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Tamiya XF-13 Ja. Green.

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Tamiya X-22 Clear in preparation for the decals.

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Decals in place with a sealing layer of X-22 followed with a dusting with Tamiya X-35 Satin when the X-22 had cured 24 hours.

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Removing the PVA turned out to be difficult as it's cured too much as I'm a too slow builder for it. As you can see it took some of the aotake with it.

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The small disaster. The grey paint lifted in the edges when I removed the PVA.

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Close-ups on the disaster.

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The fan that keeps the pilot cool in the heat.

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Now the question to you guys! I do need to retouch the lifted grey paint around the wheel wells. But should I leave the aotake as it is now n' see it as a weathering effect or should I retouch it? What do you think?

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