After a delay I have managed to get some more 1/600 planes done. I always feel that these should be quick to paint up, but it seems to take longer than I expect to do these models. Anyway, I have extended the aircraft I have to support more of the air battle over the island of Guadalcanal.
I have added 12 zero’s, 6 kate torpedo bombers, 10 betty bombers for the Japanese, as well as 6 aircobra’s and another 5 wildcats. This should allow some interesting games with CY6 rules set. I will be adding some more Japanese planes to the painted collection soon as I have 12 Sally bombers on the painting table next.
Getting the right colour for the Japanese planes was not easy, and I’m still not convinced that I have it perfect. What I have is from a light wash on a GW base paint Dhenen Stone. However, it looks something like many of the pictures I researched and supposedly the colours of paint were not perfect, so they will have too. Fine lining on the lighter planes was done with a sharp pencil, while the on the dark green Betty’s I used a draftsmen pen. This was easier than trying to paint, or get the lines to show via using washes.
I’m using Dom’s decals on the planes which I have to say do finish them off nicely. I just do the decals on the sides and upper wing surfaces. I don’t expect to use the planes up side down so save putting the decals on the bottom – but I do paint that of course.
So a shot of all the ‘newly painted’ planes – from front to back, Kate’s, Zero’s then the Betty’s and in the back the US Aircobra’s and Wildcats: