Author Topic: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero  (Read 660 times)

Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« on: February 18, 2019, 03:16:28 AM »
Well, Iíll throw my hat into the ring first....

I have a Mitsubishi Zero in 1/72 from the Airfix Pearl Harbour anniversary set lying around. I keep the set at my grandparentsí house to give me something to do in the evenings while Iím here. About 6 months ago, while I was putting the decals on, the left-wing upper hinomaru tore, and I put it away to cry in rage. Then, the next morning, I burnt myself on the edge of the porridge pan, lept backwards, and... knocked it off the shelf. I put in a box and cried some more, and only now have I returned to it. I didnít take any photos of it in broken state, but the engine, cowling, propeller and tail all snapped off. My plan for it is to make a battle-damaged aircraft and use weathering and bullet holes to cover the lack of the hinomaru. Iíll upload a picture later today.
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Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2019, 06:27:03 AM »
Hereís where Iíve got it up to today. I drilled some holes in it with my pin vice and glued it all back together.

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Work on this will be even slower than I usually am since itís at my grandparentsí house and I wonít be there all the time.

Next step is to weather the areas around the holes and then to add the remaining decals. Actually Iíll probably do that the other way around.
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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 09:13:43 AM »
Good idea! :smiley:

& another good idea;
Actually Iíll probably do that the other way around.


Have you thought about making a diorama of it sitting in a jungle somewhere, half hidden in overgrowth? ???
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Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2019, 07:28:29 PM »
Have you thought about making a diorama of it sitting in a jungle somewhere, half hidden in overgrowth? ???

I have indeed. My other thought is to build the P-40 which came in the same set and mount them both on a stand together, but weíll see how it goes. The problem with making a diorama base is that I keep all my diorama-making bits and bobs at my parentsí house (where I live) and the plane is at my grandparentsí.
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Offline finsrin

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 07:48:20 PM »
Its ruff times is blessing in disguise.  Well on your way to adding character to build.  :smiley:

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2019, 09:50:15 PM »
Once the Zero is finished take it back to your parent's or take sufficient diorama kit to your grandparent's. Simples! :D
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Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 11:51:51 PM »
I think I have some hinomarus in my spare box. If you want I will send you one or two to restore the Zero,  just send me you address in a PM.

Or you can make a small diorama/vignette of a shot-down Zero, with the tip of the left wing  missing :)


Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 12:31:37 AM »
I appreciate the offer but for now Iíve committed to doing it as a damaged one.
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Offline Frank3k

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2019, 01:41:15 AM »
Are you going to leave the canopy in place? Unless it's a recent wreck, it should get rusty/corroded after a few years.

Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2019, 03:10:07 AM »
Itís meant to be on the way down after being hit at this point. If I donít do that, itíll be immediately after having hit the ground.
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Offline apophenia

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2019, 05:29:21 AM »
Looking forward to this! And after the grief this kit has given you, I'd say that this Zero had its battle damage coming  :D
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Offline Some Duck with an Ultimax

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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2019, 01:55:25 AM »
Looking forward to this! And after the grief this kit has given you, I'd say that this Zero had its battle damage coming  :D


It hadnít finished giving me grief. These decals, man...

Anyway, reckon Iíve got it pretty much finished. I may try a few extra things in future, I dunno. Hereís how it looks:


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Iím not too happy with how itís turned out, but it has been a learning experience in many ways, and provided a useful test ground for some different techniques which Iíll use on another plane Iím working on.
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Re: 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2019, 03:39:22 AM »
Looks good
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