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Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby Justme » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:44 pm

Kawanishi N1K Kyofu/Mighty Wind Allied code name Rex Float plane fighter used throughout the Pacific Islands by the Imperial Japanese Naval Forces. For a float plane the Rex could in the hands of an experienced pilot conceded surprisingly little to land based fighters of the day.

Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden/Violet Lightning Allied code name George was the land based version of Rex and also could prove a handful for Allied pilots to best when flown by experienced IJN pilots. Both aircraft were built awhile back and both are Tamiya kits with a few extras like belts etc.
Paint used is Floquil Lacquer aluminium base with lightened IJN Green Model Master enamels sprayed over a heavy salt weathering pattern and then Dullcote flat to give both aircraft a dull finish. Weathering of this magnitude was quite common due to numerous factors.

Any comments or kicks welcome. Cheers Wayne.

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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby bell209 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:36 pm

Very different - great job!
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby Viking » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:48 pm

Did real aircraft get that insanely weathered? To my eyes, it's over-the-top and unrealistic.

Having said that - great work with the kits.
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby Justme » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:55 am

Viking wrote:Did real aircraft get that insanely weathered? To my eyes, it's over-the-top and unrealistic.

Having said that - great work with the kits.


Thanks for the comments Viking. Just to answer your question about the weathering, yes, there are some good examples in books and on the web regarding extreme weathering of Japanese aircraft in WWII. There has been many experts (of which I do NOT consider myself to be) who have put forward many theories as to why these aircraft weathered so badly. One is they never used a primer and also that Japanese paints had a high cellulose content both of which helped with a rapid deterioration and loss of their painted surfaces. I built these two kits some time ago and just enjoyed experimenting with the salt technique to see how it worked. Maybe a bit over the top but it was fun building them.
cheers,
Wayne.
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby DesTROYer » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:58 pm

Great work Wayne. I like what you have done.
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby Justme » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:55 pm

Thanks Troy, both kits were fun and fairly straightforward to build. I like trying out differing techniques in the painting and weathering.
Sometimes they work and sometimes their returned to a dark corner of the stash in disgrace. I daresay a route we're all familiar with at times.
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby bell209 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:26 am

Yeah, I thought it was too weathered initially, too but I've since seen some pics of similarly-chipped schemes. Awesome job - weathering is still my nemesis!
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Re: Kawanishi Double Act.

Postby Justme » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:07 pm

weathering is still my nemesis![/quote]

Thanks Rob, keep chipping away at the weathering process mate, you'll get there quicker than you think.
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