Mitsubishi A6M5 Type
A6M5 Zero Type 52 is available online from Squadron.com fro just USD$12.96
This is the old Tamiya 1/48 scale Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Type 52 kit. I
picked it up in a trade well over a year ago. It was only the sixth kit
I built since returning to the hobby, and the first one I felt came out
I built the model straight out of the box. Quality was superb with no
filler required and very little sanding. Construction was so straight
forward that, if I recall correctly, I had the plane ready for paint in
a little over 6 hours working time!
I left the nose section off at this point and painted it and the prop
separately. The canopy was masked with Parafilm, and I was ready to
paint. I had picked up an Areomaster decal sheet and chose to do this
very simple scheme because of my limited ability and because I liked it.
Painting was done over several sessions working with Gunze paints
thinned with rubbing alcohol. First I sprayed the yellow leading edges
and masked with tape. Next was the underside. When dry, I masked with
Tamiya tape everywhere required except the radius leading to and from
the horizontal stabilizers. For these areas I made masks with
construction paper that I robbed from my kids' closet. When I was happy
with the masking I put down the green.
After leaving the model 48 hours to cure thoroughly, I sprayed a
couple of light coats of future in preparation for decaling. One of the
reasons I like Gunze semi-gloss paints is that they spray so well that
future is almost not required to achieve a surface finish good enough
for silver-free decals. The Areomaster decals went down extremely well
with only a little Micro-Sol to help them, I experienced no problems at
all with wrinkling or silvering. I used the kit decals for stencils and
colour stripes for the undercarriage and prop blades. Once the decals
were dry and the residue wiped off I gave it another light coat of
Future to seal them all in before flatting it all down with Dullcoat.
Somewhere at about this point I will have attached the landing gear
and other bits that I will almost always knock off again before the
model is completed.
I planned for this aircraft to be depicted as a nearly new example so
I kept weathering to a minimum. I don't usually use a wash as I don't
like the patchwork effect that gives to the panel lines. Almost all my
weathering is done with pastels, as was the case with the Zero. I like
to apply the pastels to the dullcoat before it is completely dry, within
an hour of application, as I it helps their application, makes them look
more "part" of the model, and certainly prevents accidental
rubbing off later. When the pastels were done I gave it all one more
shot of Dullcoat.
There it is. I really enjoyed this kit, I have another in the
which I will get around to some time. That one will have a slightly more
ambitious colour scheme.
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