D3A1 Val Midway

Hello all,

Here is my Hasegawa D3a1 Val “Midway” kit. The subject of my build is from the IJN Hiryu first strike at the USS Yorktown June 4th 1942 at the battle of Midway. This aircraft represents WO Iwao Nakazawa (pilot) and second shotai leader Special Duty Ens Shimematsu Nakayama (observer/commander). Their attack scored a hit squarely midship with their ordinary bomb at 1214 hrs. This weapon detonated deep inside the hull, damaging the uptakes to the boilers and extinguishing the fires in all but one. Yorktown slowed to six knots as black smoke billowed from its midship wound. They survived their attack and returned to the Hiryu.

The build:
I added rivets and mild oil canning effect to the exterior. I also used Eduard photo etch set and Wolfpack wing fold. I found the wing fold set very good and easy. Paints used were Floquil INJ Sky Gray and AK real color IJN Dark green. The deck was provided by Tony Quataro “The Deck Guy”.

Rod
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Excellent work! The faded topside colors make this look like an aircraft that’s been at sea for awhile.

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You had me fooled, I thought I was looking at the real thing… beautiful!!

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Very nice!

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Excellent build! Japanese aircraft look so sleek and elegant!

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I don’t always comment on aircraft kits but this is a top notch build with very realistic weathering! Nicely done

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Excellent work!

Looks too good by far, hats off or “hip, hip, hooray” you deserve more than our faint praise, but its all we’ve got

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Thank you to all that have replied!

Rod

very nice! how did you achieve the faded/weathered look? perhaps a lighter shade of green to begin with?

Hello,

I use many different shades of the same color to try and achieve the look I am trying to do. Just take your time, if you don’t like paint over. Thanks for the question.

Rod

Amazing work with the paint. That’s a superb Kanbaku.

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