Curt B Posted February 23, 2022 Share Posted February 23, 2022 (edited) Hi All, Here's my latest completed airplane, a 1/48 Eduard Tora Tora Tora A6M2 Zero. I tried a few different things on this build. Up to this point, I had not used the hairspray chipping method on any aircraft, but I did so on this plane. You will see a lot of chipping here, actually significantly more than I really wanted, but I didn't want to re-spray the color coat and re-chip. I used the Quinta set instead of the Eduard color photo etch in the cockpit. The cowling was a custom mix of two aqueous Mr. Color paints, and the overall color was a mix of two AK Real Color IJN colors. Since I STILL have not set up my Silhouette Cameo 4 machine to cut custom masks for markings, I eyeballed the yellow stripes on the tail and the red stripe on the aft fuselage, and cut the Himomaru masks using a circle template, then sprayed all of those markings. Lastly, new for me, was using Superfine Uschi van der Rosten rigging (.001 OD) for the antenna wire. On all previous builds, I have used EZ Line fine, which is significantly heavier, though probably less accurate for 1/48 sca, plus, it is also not completely round, so you can see twists in the line, apparently not the case with this Uschi rigging. The detail on this airplane is really well done by Eduard...unfortunately, there are aspects of the build that were a little fiddly for me, meaning I messed up or lost a number of parts, and I was glad I had the Tora Tora Tora kit, as I had available extra parts, though that means I can't build a second complete Zero from this kit. I did get the Eduard ProfiPack version so I can do a second Eduard Zero, and I'm glad I did, since there is a really cool paint scheme in that kit, Lt. Kunio Kanzaki, Kendra airfield, Celebes Island, May 1944, which is a combination dark green/pistachio scheme with red and white details! I'll do that one sometime in the future. In the meantime, please give me your thoughts on this airplane...thank you. Edited February 23, 2022 by Curt B Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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