by Brian Criner
images by Bob
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Betty is available online from Squadron.com
Here are some photos of my Tamiya Mitsubishi Betty taken by Bob Oehler of Tamiya
America. It is my second attempt building this kit.
When I first built one of these kits several years ago, I was still
in the process of working out techniques for proper weathering and chipping of
paint. Although that first Betty turned out nice, I really wanted a second chance at
the kit using some more advanced techniques.
The model was built with the benefit of a few add-ons from Eduard,
True Details and stuff I found in my extras box. If you are planning on building
a Betty, I would recommend you don't bother with the True Details interior as it
doesn't give you much beyond what the kit offers other than some nifty magazines
for the guns and some curtains. The Eduard photo-etch was much more useful.
The exhaust stacks are from Moskit. I couldn't find any of
the Betty exhaust stacks at the local store (I am assuming that Moskit actually
made some), so I used two sets of Ki 44 exhaust stacks. In order to achieve the
necessary length, I added some aluminum tubing to the end of the stacks.
Painting and weathering started with a base coat of Testors Model Master Metalizer
Aluminum. After buffing it to a nice shine with
the Dremel tool, I covered the metalizer with an even coat of Future.
pre-shaded with a darkened Burnt Umber followed by the regular top coat of
Testor Imperial Navy Green and bottom coat of Testor Japanese Navy Gray.
hilighting the panels with lighter shades of the original colors, I used some
standard masking tape, wrapped in a circle around my fingers, and just pulled
away the paint. I followed this process with another coat of future to seal the
paint, then decals, then a coat of future to seal the decals followed by a wash
using Grumbachers Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna
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Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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