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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero

by David Couche

Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero 343-15
303rd Fighter Squadron, 203rd Naval Flying Group, CPO Tanimizu
Kagoshima Air Base June 1945


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Description

 

This was a challenge kit given to me by a good friend to be returned the next year at the Model Expo at Melbourne.

It was the old venerable Tamiya kit from 1983, with a mix of recessed and raised detail, which was quite randomly distributed across the model. The model was re-scribed totally as well as riveted.

 

 

Despite the age of the kit, it went together superbly. Apart from Eduard etch seatbelts it’s OOB. I decided to do Tanimizu’s Zero after getting a photo of him and the aircraft showing a great degree of weathering.

This was my first go at using AK Interactive products, including chipping effects, washes, oil effects etc, as well as salt weathering and multi-layered paint and filtering to a high level. In fact the wings near the cockpit ended up with 14 various layers to create the effect achieved, which I may say, I’m pleased with.

 

  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
  • Tamiya 1/48 A6M5c Zero by David Couche: Image
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All in all, a great learning palette for hammering a Japanese Zero.


Model and Text Copyright 2018 by David Couche
Page Created 2 October, 2018
Last Updated 2 October, 2018

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