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Kawanishi N1K1 - Tamiya 1/48

Here's my new build. The kit was given to me by my good friend Edde. After spending too much time on my previous project I needed a straightforward build, and this kit is a total pleasure to build !
I like learning new techniques for each of my projects, so here I decided to rivet the whole bird.

The cockpit

I had quite a lot of fun painting the trolley. After a first coat of dark brown, I sprayed some hair lacquer before using a coat of greenish grey. The top layer was then dissolved here and there with a wet brush. The rust effect was achieved with various paint oils.





Riveting took me quite a while but I found it fun and relaxing. I used Rosie the riveter, lots of Dymo tape and a needle for small additions. Model Art #587 is of great help here.

Of course, that's when I had a look a the shots below that I noticed that some imperfections have to be corrected...










I painted the hinomarus with a first layer of white (for opacity), then yellow (so red doesn't look pink) and fi…

Thai Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat - Hobby Boss 1/48

Hi there,


Here's my finish model of the Hobby Boss kit. I bought the kit back in Bangkok with a Siam Decal sheet (which BTW is really crap, decals being too thick, instructions with errors and printing issues).

I am not really proud of my build but I post some pics anyway.







The build was pretty straightforward. I just changed a few things:

- The 3-pipes exhaust available in the box are only suitable for the -2 version, the F8F-1 got 5-pipes exhausts

- The shape of the armored plate behind the seat is wrong and was changed accordingly

- The sliding canopy is way too thick (was too lazy to change it...)

- The right wing leading edge was modified as some apertures are only present on the right wing,

- Engine compartment was detailed,

- I added air ducts from the gear bay to the engine compartment

Note that the tires are really simplistic, but I left them as they are.





Thanks for reading.

Antoine