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Tamiya 1/32 Nakajima A6M2 finished 6-13-17

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Brian,

 

I'm seriously considering 2-2-103 because it looks like a challenge for me with an airbrush and more out of the usual like you said. I'm like you, I like the unusual subjects to model.

 

Cheers,

Brady

 

 

Go for it!   If you are not so confident with the AB skills, id say if you have an old SOD sitter model you can use as a test bed, apply some of your A6M2 base coat, then experiment with the AB camo on that till you get more comfy with how you want to proceed on the camo...............

 

Also, if you dont want to go all super free-hand on it, if I were doing 2-2-103 I would probably get some Blu-tac and roll it into some little blu-tac "snakes" and then use those to form the demark outline for all your camo patches.

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Silver paint was only used in the flap wells of the A6M2-N, not the land based counterparts as far as I can tell.

Exactly. Hence the highlighted text

 

That engine is looking WONDERFUL.

 

The decking color also holds true to use flat black on the decking for Nakajima built A6M2-Ns as well. However the green/blue Aotake color normally applied (just a green/blue tint to the clear they used to tell where they had been) was instead just a clear on the inner cowl, inner fuse and inner flaps (no wheel wells of course), and appeared as silver and not blue/green.

As In that case, I was only speaking of the A6M2-Ns and not the land based A6M2s.

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Welcome aboard Rob! I'm glad you joined us.

 

I think you guys may have talked me into doing the camouflaged scheme. I'll have to get in touch with Randy for a masking set, since Rising Decals only did these decals in 1/72 scale. Just wondering does anyone have the  actual 1/48 Hasegawa kit those two pictures I posted of the instruction manual above from by chance? If so could I have a scan of the same part of the instructions I posted so I can enlarge them to 1/32 for a homemade mask for the camo that doesn't give a real hard edge, but will be a better resolution to start from.

 

Thanks for all the comments guys and gals!

 

Cheers,

Brady

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Exactly. Hence the highlighted text

 

 

As In that case, I was only speaking of the A6M2-Ns and not the land based A6M2s.

 

Ah yes, I missed that piece of information.  Thanks for pointing that out Brian.

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Welcome aboard Rob! I'm glad you joined us.

 

I think you guys may have talked me into doing the camouflaged scheme. I'll have to get in touch with Randy for a masking set, since Rising Decals only did these decals in 1/72 scale. Just wondering does anyone have the  actual 1/48 Hasegawa kit those two pictures I posted of the instruction manual above from by chance? If so could I have a scan of the same part of the instructions I posted so I can enlarge them to 1/32 for a homemade mask for the camo that doesn't give a real hard edge, but will be a better resolution to start from.

 

Thanks for all the comments guys and gals!

 

Cheers,

Brady

Brady,

I don't have a copy of the instructions but in looking at the two profiles of 2-2-103 there are differences in the patterns. Since the camo  was applied in the field and photos are scarce/nonexistent it may make sense to make your own pattern or do it freehand. Just a thought.

v/r

Rob

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A little FYI on your chosen aircraft:

 

This snippet  taken from the PacificWrecks website: 

 

"During Operation I-GO during April 1943, her planes were sent to Ballale on April 7 and then Rabaul, with those of other Japanese carriers, for land-based attacks on the Allied forces gathering at Guadalcanal and New Guinea."

 

Carrier Junyo carried 21 A6M Zero fighters at the time (Wikipedia is a resource but I'm not sure I trust it completely so take it for what it's worth). I have not found any specific photos of your chosen aircraft other than the one posted above.  I'm still looking.  Lacking any substantial photographic evidence, it is entirely possible that the camo scheme represented by Hasegawa is purely conjecture.  If so, you may be able to use artistic licensewith the remainder of the aircraft.

 

Here's another little tidbit I picked up from j-aircraft.com about the differentiation between Mitsubishi and Nakajima built A6M2's... to quote Jim Lansdale:

 

1) Orders WERE given by Imperial GHQ (or "X" agency) to make the fuselage (and wing?) hinomaru more conspicuous with a white background around August 1942. The Nakajima factory began to apply this 75 mm outline to the A6M2 model 21 Zero fuselage hinomaru in compliance with the order at that time. It is apparent, from the photographic record, that Mitsubishi did not (I know not why!).
2) BECAUSE of this practice by Nakajima, it WAS POSSIBLE to distinguish the Nakajima product from the Mitsubishi product (particularly on the A6M2 model 21s in the overall hairyokushoku/g-p finish).
This practice was not meant to be a visual distinction (since the data stencil clearly provided the information as to manufacturer). It became a de facto recognition feature!!!
Wing hinomaru were not outlined at the factory level on Zeros by either manufacturer until the advent of the factory-applied two-color camouflage pattern.
 
 

REF: http://www.j-aircraft.com/faq/A6M_pt3.htm#Re:%20Zero%20Wing%20Hinomaru%20White%20Outlines?ascessed 10/1/2015

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Thanks kuky76.

 

I've been told that that picture is the only real picture there is that we know actually is 2-2-103. That's why I've been wondering where everyone has gotten a layout for the rest of the scheme covering the rest of the plane.

 

Cheers,

Brady

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Juggernut,

 

I think Hasegawa and Rising Decals may have used conjecture. The amazing part is how closely they are to each other in similarity as far as pattern goes. That or they had one person work for both of them or one company somewhat copied the other's work. I'm not sure but Hasegawa is the only one who gives an idea for the tops of the wings as far as pattern goes, so I may lean more towards their layout of the scheme.

 

Brady

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Hello everyone,

 

kuky76 I really like your three photos. I wish they all revealed more information on their identity of each one. That sure seems to me to be one thing the Japanese didn't want the public to know was the true identity of their planes. It just sucks for history purposes now days.

 

I got a little bit of bench time in this weekend, not much but some. I basically just got my painting errors corrected. At least I think they're all corrected now. I painted the rear cockpit decking and the inner and outer parts of the cowling flat black, because this will be a Nakajima built bird. I also messaged and emailed Randy (sluggo) on some masks for the camouflage version, but I haven't heard back from him yet.

 

Here's what she looks like now:

 

IMG_20151004_150108_786_zpsn0vtpisa.jpg

 

I sure didn't want to paint over the Aotake that I had already put on the parts for the inside of the cowl after having to mix the paint for them, but I did it so I sure hope it's right now.

 

That's all for now,

 

Brady

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Nice progress. :clap2:  :clap2: 

 

Here is some information that may help you:

 

Nakajima factory:

  • cockpit color should be green FS24095 (1941 - 1942), FS24373 (1942 - 1944)
  • wheel wells should be "Aotake"
  • cowling (outside/inside) should be black FS27038
  • back side of the propeller should be brown FS30059, but not on the entire surface
  • navlight of the right wing should be blue with yellow bulb light
  • undercarriage bays should be the same colour (Hairyokushoku) as the lower camouflage
  • cockpit decking should be black FS27038

Mirek

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