Fine Molds' 1/48 scale
by Chris Wauchop
images by Brett Green
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This is Fine Molds' 1/48 scale Nakajima Navy Special Attacker
"Kikka". This was the planned kamikaze version of the aircraft.
The model was built mostly from the box, but I did do some extra work
here and there.
The major deviation from the instructions was opening the kit's
one-piece canopy and replacing the centre sliding section, which would
have otherwise have been too thick to fit over the rear section
The centre canopy section was made by plunge moulding a piece of
clear acetate over the original kit part. After several attempts, a
satisfactory result was achieved.. The canopy frame did not mould with
any clarity so a new frame was cut from thin styrene card and attached
using thin super glue, applied with the fantastic "Mission Models
Precision Glue Tip".
Other modifications included the following:
Take-off rockets and the exhaust
nozzles were thinned using my motor tool
The kit tail skid was replaced with
copper wire, bent to shape.
Undercarriage brake lines were added
using fine solder,
All tyres were flat spotted.
Inner gear door closing brackets were
added using very fine wire.
Radio antenna was added using
invisible mending thread
Bomb fins and fin braces were filed
to something closer to scale thinness.
Fuse propeller for the bomb was made
using copper strip. A locking wire was also added.
Various handles, levers and harnesses
were added to the cockpit using stretched sprue, lead foil etc.
paints were applied with my metal-bodied Aztek airbrush.
Undersurfaces - Gunze Sangyo H61 IJN Grey with H62 IJA Grey 50/50
Upper surfaces - Gunze Sangyo H59 IJN Green with Tamiya KF-11 JN
Leading Edge ID panels - 40% Gunze H24 Orange Yellow with 60% Tamiya
XF-3 Flat Yellow
Bomb and RATO Pods - 50% Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey with 50% XF-64 Red
Brown with a touch of Flat Black.
Kit decals were used throughout, but the overly large fuselage
Hinomarus were replaced with the smaller decals for the lower wings.. In
turn, the lower wing markings were replaced with the red centre section
from the fuselage markings.
This was the first time that I used Polly Scale Flat, an acrylic flat
finish. I thinned the Polly Scale Flat with around 10% Windex.
Paint chipping was applied using a silver pencil.
Voila - finished!
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Last Updated 24 December, 2007
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