Daywalker Posted April 29, 2013 Share Posted April 29, 2013 Started this one back in March, what an amazing piece of kit! After building Tamiya's 1/32 A6M5 and Spitfire Mk.VIII, I knew this one would be very good too. Beginning with the cockpit, I followed the directions (mostly) and added a few details I thought would be noticeable. Side panels are as provided in the kit, even added the Tamiya placard decals. I purchased the Barracudacals set for the cockpit, but in the end I opted not to use it. I do not like decalling much, and the thought of adding over a hundred to the cockpit alone gave me chills! I took some white oil paint and tried to replicate the face detail on a few gauges around the cockpit, as well as some basic stenciling to spice it up a bit. The floor was painted with Tamiya buff, then oil paints were used to replicate the woodgrain of the floor. The black was sprayed over a layer of hairspray, and damaged with a brush and toothpick. I used the hairspray technique to "beat up" the seat, and added some seatbelts with PE hardware from the HGW set. I used their belts on the Spitfire and they worked flawlessly, but the ones in this set (US WWII generic belts) were not very good. The thin "plastic" on the top of the "fabric" belts kept separating from the bottom layer, and frayed badly along the edges. In the end, I used strips cut from the edges of a $1 bill as that paper has a fabric feel to it. I painted the bottom belts, and in hindsight I wish I had left them alone as the paint did not turn out as I had wished. My fault! I also left the seat pack off as I did not care for it's shape, and figured this aircraft would not spend much time over water. I figure the ground crew took it out at the pilot's request! 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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