Tamiya 1/48 scale
A6M5a Zero Type 52
Mitsubishi A6M5a Zero Type 52
Tamiya's 1/48 scale A6M5a Zero is available online from Squadron.com
This is the new Tamiya 1-48 A6M5/5a Zero Sen.
The kit went together
beautifully with no assembly problems except those of my own making. The
parts are so precise that you need to ensure that they are all the way
together before you bring glue to them. After assembly I noticed one of
the front fuselage side panels was misplaced but it was too late to fix.
It really is an issue of placing many of the parts until they 'click'
rather than a poor fit. The rear stabs were added after painting and the
landing gear is a press fit without glue. It was completed using mostly
Tamiya AS spray lacquer paints decanted and sprayed through a Tamiya
Sprayworks HG airbrush.
The decals are from the kit and were superb over
Future clear coat and Mr Mark Softer decal solution.
I spent a lot of time
pre-shading, post shading and random patterns of lighter base colour and
Tamiya "smoke" all over the model BUT after applying the final finish coat
of Vallejo Air "satin" all shading on the topside disappeared. This was my
experience with the Vallejo Air "satin" and it was not so good, it was very
flat and even went chalky white in areas. Not so bad ove
r the grey
underside but I had to buff the topside with a soft cloth to get rid of the
unrealistic flatness. In addition it was very hard to clean out of my
airbrush being unresponsive to water, alcohol thinner (Tamiya and Model
Master), even lacquer (cellulose) thinner did not work that well. I threw
the bottle away after this - any suggestions for a reliable true "satin"
In the end it was a very enjoyable build and some new lessons were learned!
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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