Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden
by Shane McMillan
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Here is my Tamiya 1/48 Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden. The model is built straight from the box with the exception of Eduard photoetch seat belts and Quickboost resin gun barrels and Pitot tube. An engine wiring harness was added from lead wire. (Almost invisible after completion!). The kit was a pleasure to build, needing very minimal filling . Typical Tamiya!
Natural metal paint finish is Alclad 11, over Tamiya Grey primer. My supply of Alclad I have been hoarding for 18 years since purchasing in year 2000 at Hannants London during my one and only visit to the UK. I can report that my vintage Alclad lacquer’s still work perfectly. The model was painted overall in Alclad Aluminum, with various underside panels masked and highlighted with Alclad Dark Aluminum for contrast then coated in Hairspray prior to top coating using Tamiya XF 11. Yellow leading edges are painted with AeroMaster Japan ID Yellow. Paint chipping was achieved by soaking the paint in water and scrubbing with a stiff paint brush.
Gloss coat of Tamiya X-22 clear gloss was applied in preparation for decals, and Valejo matt clear acrylic flat coat thereafter.
Decals are from AeroMaster ‘Kawanishi Shiden Collection.
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2019 by Shane McMillan
Page Created 19 March, 2019
20 March, 2019
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