Tamiya 1/32 A6M5 Zero

By Rick Bellanger

I used the three Eduard detail sets for the interior, exterior and engine. Also used their new photo etch set for the seat belts and canopy mask.

I masked off the canopies and temporally glued them in place. The model was then sprayed with Alclad II Aluminum paint then painted with Model Masters Japanese green and grey. Decaling was done according to instructions. I replaced the Tamiya red dot decals for some CAM decals because the thickness on the Tamiya was way to fat. The CAM decals where much thinner. After waiting a few days I then broke out my Pasche Miniature sand blaster and attacked the model to give it the weathered look. A coat of Scale Coat II flat sealed everything. I then washed the panel lines with black wash and airbrushed streaks and stains with Floquil Grimy black.

A nice model, a little expensive, but well worth the final results.

© Rick Bellanger

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This article was published on Friday, September 27 2013; Last modified on Friday, February 03 2017