scale late J1N1-S Gekko
Nakajima J1N1-S Gekko
1/48 scale Gekko late version is available online from
This is the newest release of the Tamiya 1/48 scale Gekko series, a
late version fitted with the less than effective FD-2 radar that
generally was removed by Japanese pilots to reduce weight.
This particular model was built using the kit decals as it was an
aircraft that I was very anxious to build anyway. Flown by Lt. Shiro
Kurotori and WO Juzo Kuramoto, this aircraft racked up an impressive
record of B-29 scores, ending the war with the duo achieving Ace status
in a single night after downing 5 B-29's and damaging a further 3.
The kit is up to Tamiya's usual high standards in moulding and
assembly and would be a superb model built straight from the box.
I chose to take this model a bit further by detailing the cockpit
with fusewire and adding some other small details, only missed by Tamiya
due to the restrictions of the injection moulding process.
I added framework to the canopy as the entire cockpit would be quite
visible modelled open.
Markings & Weathering
The model was painted using White Ensign's Nakajima Green, although I
may stick with Xtracolor next time as the finish with White Ensign is
matt and having to add gloss varnish only puts more coats on.
Tamiyas decals are a bit thick to put it mildly and alot of Microsol
was required to get them to sit properly. After the model was matted
down I went to work with the Stardust weathering pigments produced by
CMK and found these to be great. I used Dark and Light Earth around the
Landing gear with Black Smut ( not a top shelf magazine!) and Light dust
being used to recreate exhaust stains. Light dust was then used to
further enhance the shading created during the painting stage.
I really enjoyed building this model and I hope you are as pleased
with the results as I am. I love my Japanese subjects and you can count
on seeing some more from me soon as I plan on doing a series of Night
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