It seems I have been making very little progress at times on this project, but I have slowly been painting up some more 1/600 aircraft for the pacific WW2 theater. I find fixing the magnets for basing on these models to be a challenge. I have moved from the 2 part epoxy glue I tried back to super glue. We’ll see how long the superglue lasts but I found the epoxy very messy and in the end was not holding the magnets any better than superglue, as long as a good bond could be made between the magnet and the model. That last part seems to to be the key.
All the models are from Tumbling Dice and I used a black undercoat, with basic block colours, some washes and black lining on the models. The cockpits were done with dark grey and then light grey/blue to highlight the windows. I must admit I like the effect. I think I’m slowly getting the hang of painting the planes in this scale. They do take more time than I had thought though.
So to the planes. The first 3 served through all the war. The last started the war in China, but really was out of mainline service by ’42.
So first a couple of pictures of some Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally) heavy bomber.
The Kawasaki Ki-61 (Tony) was one of the best Japanese planes in the war. I tied hard to emulate the late war ‘speckled’ paint effect which was used by the Japanese as the availability of good quality paint was reduced. I tried various patterns and I do like most of the results.
The last plane is the Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate) or (Abdul) – the later was used as a code name by the British. This served in China in the early years of the war and was one of the fighter planes which the Flying Tigers (the 1st American Volunteer Group) faced in Dec ’41/Jan ’42. It has distinctive fixed landing gear of the ‘between the wars’ fighters.