Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
C6N1 Saiun "Myrt"
C6N1 Saiun "Myrt"
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale C6N1 Saiun "Myrt" is available online from Squadron.com
The C6N Saiun seems to be one of the lesser known
Japanese aircraft of the Pacific war. That is surprising, because
this plane features a very sound performance and was widely successful
in its original designated role as a reconnaissance plane.
Typical for contemporary Japanese aircraft
constructions, it shows sleek lines and aerodynamically optimized
details, giving her a maximum speed she could nearly outrun US-Navy
Hellcats - a quite vital property for shadowing the
The maiden flight took place in May 1943. Following
problems caused by the unreliable 1600 PS Homare 21 engine,
deployment was delayed until mid-summer 1944. Once these problems were solved, the
C6N Saiun, code-named "Myrt" by Allied intelligence, soon showed itself
as a quite viable reconnaissance aircraft. From the different versions
planned, only the night fighter C6N-S with two 20mm Type 99 canons got
into production, being the fastest night fighter the Japanese Navy had
to its disposal. A C6N1 Saiun became also the last confirmed victory in
the World War, being shot down in the morning hours of 15 August 1945.
A total of 463 C6Ns were built by Nakajima between
March ´43 and August 1945.
The Hasegawa kit is one of the most elaborate and
detailed kits I have ever seen, e.g. the parts provided for the
cockpit-area make it nearly to a "kit in the kit"!
Very pleasing is the
option to show the large "greenhouse" over the crew compartments fully
opened- this way the rich details of this area can fortunately be shown.
As seems standard with the newer kits, a separate part for the closed
cockpit is also provided. The transparent parts are exceptional delicate
I finished the C6N without the 750l drop tank and
displayed the slats closed; on one hand most reference photos show the
Saiun in this configuration- and on the other I personally prefer to
show the clean and elegant lines of this plane undisturbed by equipment.
Painting was done with Gunze colours; from the two
options offered by the kit, I did chose the more "colourful"; that means
the aircraft with black cowling instead of a green one ;-) .
most Japanese Army and Navy machines of this period, the colouring is
restricted to green on the upper- and gray or natural silver on the
lower parts. I used the Gunze colours H 59 IJN Green and H 61 JN Grey.
The colours where sprayed with several passes of the airbrush, I
gradually mixed in white colour, trying to give the impression of
partially bleached weather exposed surface.
Decals were - as often with
Hasegawa - thick and nearly unusable.
Preparation for applying and the following sealing
of the decals was done with Gunze gloss-clear; with a coating of mixed
gloss and flat clear the surface was finished. I worked with aquarel
colours to deepen the panel lines and give a sparse effect of dirt and
oil streaks - sparse, because the surface of the C6N where kept clean
and polished to guarantee speed, being vital for the missions these
aircraft had to accomplish.
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