This is the 1/72 Tamiya kit, converted to represent the second N1K1-J prototype. I was inspired by the kit's rather narrow prop blades, which looked more like the prototype than production machines to me! It was built several years ago.
Modifications to the kit include removal of lower cowl intake, reworking cowl flaps and exhausts, modifying cannon gondolas to represent unarmed fairings, and substituting an Aoshima canopy. The paint color was hand-mixed, all main markings are painted, and weathering was with watercolor washes, pastels, and colored pencils.
I have ended with another product placement. This wonderful new book shows in glorious detail all that I did wrong with this model!
- Mike Driskill, Knoxville, Tennessee USA -