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by Bobby McElroy
Pride of the Japanese Fleet
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the infamous day on the 7th of December 1941 until after the
Battle of Midway in 1942 the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Forces reigned
supremely in the skies over the South Pacific. Years of intensive
training and a wealth of combat experience from the war in China these
young pilots were some of the best in the world. For a time they seemed
Miniature Alliance, the maker of this particular figure, has done a good
job in capturing the pride, honor, and confidence of the Japanese Naval
Pilots with this kit.
parts of the body are made of resin, which were cast with a great deal
of detail. Each part comes attached to the spruce of the mold but these
areas are attached where they will not be seen when the pieces are glued
together. The only parts that were a little difficult to clean up were
the back of the neck and the outer edges of the arms. I carefully filed
away the flash from these areas. I used a small amount of CA glue to
fill in the few holes that were in the pieces.
Overall the pieces fit together well with minimal filler being added.
kit has a few metal parts as well. The Type 14 pistol is rich with
detail and needs little work to clean up, but this item adds to the
realism of the figure. The pilotís glove and left hand are made of metal
and they too like the pistol need a little clean up on the outer edges
nothing major though. A small amount of lead sheeting is given in the
kit and one may use this to complete the belt on the Kapok where the
weapon fits in, and to complete the ties at the ends of the figureís
nothing major, gluing the figure together in the torso area as well as
the pilotís noggin (head) took a little more patience and time. Regular
CA glue was not strong enough to bond these parts, so I chose to use 5
minute epoxy. This worked really well. Not only did the epoxy allow me
to move the parts into exactly the right position, the epoxy also acted
as filler. Between the upper and lower halves was really the only place
that needed filling.
a combination of both enamel and Acrylic paints by Model Masters I
airbrushed and brush- painted my figure. All of the larger areas I used
the airbrush. The airbrush also came in handy on a fair share of the
shading. When it came to detailing the figure I used my brushes. This is
my favorite part, be it a model A/C or a figure. For me the detailing is
the best part, it brings the model to life.
assembling the major parts of the figure I gave the kit a complete
primer coat with Anthracitgrau RAL # 7016. I have used this before as a
primer and have had nothing but good results. It highlights the areas
that need attention while helping to fill in those areas that have very
small imperfections. The added benefit is that this prime coat works
very well with all the other applications of paint both enamel and
Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45.
Gary Nila, Ill. By Bill
Younghusband. Osprey Publishing 2002. Elite Series ISBN
Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Uniforms & Equipments 1975.
The rest of the book
is Japanese Sorry!
Overall I think that
Miniature Alliance did a really nice job on this kit and in my opinion
although a little tough on the wallet, I found it to be worth the
purchase. This is only my third time building and painting a figure. And
Iím no expert by any means. But I had so much fun tinkering with this
pilot and I was able to try many new techniques that have crossed over
to help me do a better job on the A/C kits I build.
highly recommend this kit to both the professional and amateur figure
future I would really like to see more Japanese Pilot figures from this
and other companies.
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