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Official: Pearl Harbor Anniversary Campaign
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 03:07 PM GMT+7
Congratulations, Tom - that is one slick build of Trumpeter's big Arizona. Well done!

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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:10 AM GMT+7
My build for the campaign will be the Airfix Mitsubishi A6M2 (model 21) Zero in 1/72 scale. Although not the absolute best Zero in 1/72 (that is probably Tamiya’s A6M, followed by Hasegawa’s), this recent release still looks to be a worthy replacement for Airfix’s old kit from 1959. Plus, at about US$8, it is a great deal!

Here are the start pictures:

Since this release is in late war markings, I‘ll be using some aftermarket decals to depict an aircraft which participated in the Pearl Harbor strike from the carrier Hiryu.



These new Airfix kits look really nice – I can’t wait to dig in!
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 09:21 AM GMT+7
Here is the Airfix Zero cockpit test-fitted.
The only change I made was to drill out holes in the seat, which were depicted as deep depressions. Otherwise the cockpit is straight out of the box. I’m really liking this kit!
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Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 03:24 PM GMT+7
The Airfix A6M2 cockpit is finished.
The stock kit parts were painted Tamiya acrylic XF-71 IJN Cockpit Green, some Tamiya flat black, and a wash of Grumbacher Raw Umber artist’s oil. The instruments are the Airfix-supplied decal – very nice.
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Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 03:01 PM GMT+7
The basic airframe is completed.

As a kid I very much enjoyed the older generation Airfix airplane kits, but these newer kits are sooooo much better!

Crisply molded with good fit and sharp panel lines, they even have some fun features like (with this kit) optional folding wingtips and a separate rudder.
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 12:11 PM GMT+7
Nice work on your Zero Tim! The Airfix kit is pretty nice looking especially in the cockpit. My hasegawa Zero on the other hand had no such detail so I felt compelled to detail it. It got a bit out of hand I had to put a stop to the madness and just took this pic before it gets Some paint.
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
Mike,

Your Zero "office" is looking awesome! The cockpit is the one area where Airfix's A6M2 is better than the Hasegawa kit - and I see that you have completely remedied that shortcoming! Be sure to post more pics as you go along, as I'd love to watch your build as it develops.

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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM GMT+7
Is it too late to put my hat in the Ring? Probably is, I started it without taking a picture of the pre Build Oh well, maybe next time! Awesome job you guys!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 01:13 PM GMT+7
Cameron,

No worries as long as you can finish by 7 December

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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 05:01 PM GMT+7

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Is it too late to put my hat in the Ring? ...



Welcome aboard, Cameron! (and I thought I started late...!)

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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 05:01 PM GMT+7
Aotake!

A minor shortcoming of this kit (almost universal with small scale fighter aircraft models, it seems) is the too-shallow wheel wells. One way to help them seem a little deeper without resorting to tedious reconstruction is to apply a dark color to them. The nice deep metallic blue of the Japanese “aotake” metal primer coating, in the form of Tamiya Metallic Blue X-13, does this pretty well.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 07:43 PM GMT+7
Well, the one I was doing is done, I do have the finished product...Im sorry I dont have the beginning XD, she is a Revelle A6M5 Zeke


If it doesnt work, I am still happy to see all you guys, Kinda wish I had done a P-40 XD
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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 01:10 AM GMT+7
This place has turned into "Zero" central! My cockpit is finally finished and the fuselage halves closed up and drying now.


I apologize for the low picture quality, I guess imgur hosting reduces the resolution.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:46 AM GMT+7
It is one of the most well known aircraft of WW2, next to the Mustang, Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf-109, ask anyone an aircraft they could name thats from WW2, and one of these four would probably be the answer!

Nice job on the cockpit
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Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017 - 05:04 PM GMT+7

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This place has turned into "Zero" central! My cockpit is finally finished and the fuselage halves closed up and drying now.


I apologize for the low picture quality, I guess imgur hosting reduces the resolution.



let me give you guts a break from zeros then.
my progress so far on the fujimi val bomber i am building.i added interior structure detail and a radio from a hobbyboss me 262 i had left over.


first a reminder of the kit since it's been a while for me.
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the cockpit- i also added some more scratch detail after this photo.some switch panels and throttle.
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primmed and painted.a mix of rlm02 and aged concrete
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i wanted todo a plane that was shot down by lt welch or taylor but i couldn't find a decal sheet with tail codes. instead i used the sheet in the kit. one option is a val that didn't make it back to it's carrier from the first wave. i hope the sheet is usable still. i heard that hasegawa's val kit has many tail codes on it's sheet, maybe a future build.
i'm almost ready for decals so i will update soon since the deadline of dec 7th is looming-
thanks- joe
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Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:34 AM GMT+7
Nice job joe, Its shaping up to be a really nice build!
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Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 01:45 PM GMT+7
D3A1 progress update.



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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 08:33 AM GMT+7

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Nice job joe, Its shaping up to be a really nice build!



thanks cameron. i hope the color is right. some color profiles show some carrier planes as this color and the other carriers the grey green color. i know the piece of wreckage i seen at pearl harbor is close to this color.
decals are on, just need to do a wash of burnt umber lightened a bit and a flat coat.

joe
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 08:50 AM GMT+7

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On the subject of Pearl Harbor I wonder why Trumpeter has not produced the Oklahoma and Nevada 1/700 in plastic.




i would like to see the Oklahoma done too. i would like to make it for my nephew stationed at Pearl.

joe
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 11:43 AM GMT+7
Hello,

just have received my package from Japan.

I'm in with the following Zero






Let me see if I gonna make it right in time...

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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 08:57 PM GMT+7
More update pics, pre-shading and airbrush IJN navy gray.



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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 08:02 PM GMT+7
Aichi D3A1 Type99 dive bomber from aircraft carrier Zuikaku finished.