Hey all, I’m going to be candid for a minute and admit I was trying to be clever with the title of this post mostly because there’s already two other builds of the Nippon Zero in progress and didn’t want to distract from those builds, no chance of that because it turns out I might be the real meatball here, I say that because I arrogantly beleived I know something about WWII combat aircraft, I mean seriously I’ve been building models and studying history since, well way back.
This wasn’t meant to be a detailed or over involved kit build and we’re still on task with that, in fact so far it’s been therapuetic just putting a model together without it being a commitment to a larger project, somthing I needed to revive the “fun factor” in modeling . . . and what a treat it’s been.
I have always been enamored with Pacific theater fighter planes and attack aircraft but never gave “Axis power” equipment a second thought, but since starting this nifty little kit and doing the requisite research I’m really getting back to my roots and learning some “new” history . . . as I mentioned before I was taken aback by the petite size of this plane, having seen actual TBM Avengers (huge), F4U Corsairs (loud as heck and it just looks powerful) and Mustangs (sleek and beautiful) I’d never seen a Zero next to any of these beasts so it was a shocker for sure, sorta like a Mazda Miata next to a '73 Monte Carlo . . . as far as the model let me say Hasegawa has done an excellent job on this little jewel, the fit is near perfect although my plane seems to have some kind of weird twist down the fuselage, it’s only noticeable if veiwed down the centerline, the tail plane doesn’t match the wings dihedral, hmm . . . also I confess my ignorance to the different series, I just thought a Zero was a Zero, not so, infact how do you get Zero out of A6#M?, the answer is typically Asian, I recommend looking it up.
So I apologize to all you hard core A/C afficianados, I’m a bit late to the party, I’ve had my nose buried in 'Nam armor for the last three decades and still come off as a novice compared to some of my fellow patrons of the arts.
Yes this tiny little import sports car of airwar fame has been a fascinating journey of discovery, for example the term “Aotake” blue, I’m amused if not intrigued by the controversy of this one feature of WWII Japanese airplanes, similar in use to yellow zinc on various sections or assemblys, replicating it’s color in scale has proven to be a challenge to the modeler and paint makers as well, there’s a great deal of debate on the www about it’s definative appearence, again I encourage anyone who isn’t already aware to look into it, I know I’ve learned a thing or two.
So anyway on to the build . . .
. . . my approach was applying AK’s (lacquer) Russian Interior turqouise and then over spraying with Alclad’s Armored Glass clear green to get a semblance of Aotake blue.
Next up is chooseing the finish color of the plane, I’ll probably PO some of the accuracy purists but the animal in me insists on being different, uuugghh, that obstinate defiance has caused me great difficulty in life I’m affraid.
That’s all for now, the day is young the year is waning and there’s much to do about nothing . . . get out of your comfort zone and try something different and breath some new life into your hobby, cheers dudes!