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There does seem to be a difference in the products offered for sale in the USA. Perhaps due to different environmental laws, but I am not certain. In the USA, Mr Hobby is the umbrella company, and their range of paints include Acrysion (acrylic) as well as Mr Color (solvent based). Either range works with their leveling thinner.

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I think you will find GSI Creos is the umbrella, with the Mr Colour, Hobby, Aqueous, Metal, Paint, Tool and so on, underneath that pretty large 'Mr' prefix umbrella.

 

I also note you get bigger bottles in the US , ours Tamiya and Mr jars are limited to 10ml, which is pretty small.

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A lovely build of a great kit. This was one I built when released and it now sits in the ZM HQ in Kyoto. The Ki-45 is another one I have, and again, a great kit. 

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4 hours ago, Richmond said:

I think you will find GSI Creos is the umbrella, with the Mr Colour, Hobby, Aqueous, Metal, Paint, Tool and so on, underneath that pretty large 'Mr' prefix umbrella.

 

I also note you get bigger bottles in the US , ours Tamiya and Mr jars are limited to 10ml, which is pretty small.

Yes, I believe you are correct.

A local business who specialize in airbrush sales recently expanded their line of products to include GSI Creos products. Until then, these products were unavailable to me.

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2 hours ago, James H said:

A lovely build of a great kit. This was one I built when released and it now sits in the ZM HQ in Kyoto. The Ki-45 is another one I have, and again, a great kit. 

Thanks for the kind words James. The Ki-45 will be released here on Feb 6. I have mine pre-ordered and am eagerly awaiting it.

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The horrifying look of a freshly applied dirt and grime wash. Thought it interesting to show the "before", then "after" photos when it's done.

This is a Flory Models clay wash, not a diluted acrylic, enamel, or oil wash. It behaves differently than these as you will see later on.DSCN2019.thumb.jpg.9c947b0a29db102f68566ec9f71e3007.jpgDSCN2020.thumb.jpg.205d9d83f893ee0abc59a552ec26fcfa.jpg 

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12 minutes ago, popeye the sailor said:

did you brush it on and wipe it off?  looked very scary..........but very effective ;)    looks awesome!

Yes, you brush it on, allow to it dry, then give it a wipe down with a soft paper towel that's very lightly moistened.

The beauty of the Flory clay washes is that they will wash off. If you don't like the look, wash it off and rework it. As well, if you wipe too much off, just add some more. It's a very forgiving product. Of course, once you get the look you want, seal it down with a clear coat of your favorite varnish.

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If you take a close look at the guns in this photo, notice that the guns were first painted, assembled and installed into the gun bays. Then the fuselage body panels were assembled and the entire airframe was painted (Japanese Green). All this was done without the guns being masked as it would have been difficult to do so. In any event, all it will take in the end is to dry brush them with the Mr Color Metal (dark iron) to regain that metal look.

The Mr Color Metal paints are very good for dry brushing. Similar to the old Testors Metalizer paints, but superior. They can be buffed after airbrushing to give that polished metal look. With small parts like the gun barrels, the paint can be brushed on as well but it must be buffed to shine afterward.

It's interesting how all the green cDSCN2022guncrop.thumb.jpg.93ec9c6ddb43f019cb79b6603370487c.jpgolor paint can be applied to the fuselage and the guns still retain most of their original look without masking.

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Thanks for the comments and likes. To finish this model, I will add final details, final decals, and a dull clear coat. Will do a simple base for it to sit upon, maybe something like a grass runway and maybe a table or two to set the maintenance panels on.

RE: the landing gear...they are an enigma to me. So long and spindly looking. Makes one wonder if they could have held up over time, particularly as a carrier based plane where aircraft are known for abusive conditions for landing gear. One plane that comes to mind is the F7F Tigercat. It had some very spindly legs as well but they seemed to hold up during the Korean War, so go figure.

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Oh, one more thing...anyone have an idea of what color formation lights on the tops of the wings and rudders might have been. I'm guessing clear but I'm not sure and the references I have don't show that detail.

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On 2/8/2019 at 4:35 PM, Richmond said:

https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=shinden&fkCOMPNAME[]="Zoukei-Mura"&fkTYPENAME[]="Full kits"

 

Not always the easiest site to navigate but it may assist you with your query.

Thanks for the link. Looks like the consensus of opinion with other modelers is all the formation lights hold to the standard navigation routine of red on the left and green on the right. 

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These will likely be the final photographs I will post of the J7W1 Shinden build. There may be a few minor touch ups I will do here and there, but nothing significant enough to post new photos. The finished model will be displayed on a wooden plaque that depicts a grass runway at the April IPMS regional show coming up soon. Next, I want to finish one more complete model as well as finish the 1:200 IJN Mikasa started a year ago. These will also go to the regional IPMS show in April. Tentatively, plan to build the red 1:32 Albatros D.V of Manfred Von Richthofen from Wingnut Wings next.DSCN2034.thumb.jpg.a55fab02328357f9fe62ad0164b3e4e7.jpgDSCN2035.thumb.jpg.ff3d40ec3075c0099dcfa879605de37f.jpgDSCN2036.thumb.jpg.35cdd11d2db95c78cd98121924393e83.jpgDSCN2037.thumb.jpg.3c30a0fde442fadebc1b66a3929d8e6b.jpgDSCN2039.thumb.jpg.732d74e451c1386c3cd94055bfd42337.jpgDSCN2040.thumb.jpg.c1d08551cd501338a6119c0ca0d5aee9.jpgDSCN2041.thumb.jpg.dcebf88dccf7eeef42cd2810786291a1.jpgDSCN2043.thumb.jpg.6198889aaf1e19b67e4364f64fd19ed1.jpg

 

Mark Taylor: If you read this...is it appropriate to post photos of non-ships model in the gallery?

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fantastic looking model!  you really did a great job ;)    are you going to do a log on the Albatros?  should be interesting to see.....I've never built one.

 

likely not in the gallery......I think it's ships only

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