Friday 29 April 2016

Model Kraft 2016 - Japanese Aviation SIG

"Model Kraft 2016" organized by the Milton Keynes Scale Model Club took place on April 24 and the Japanese Aviation SIG was there. Here's what Gary Wenko reported:

We were well represented at Milton Keynes yesterday with an excellent array of models for the public to see. There's some real talent in the SIG and it was evident by the standard of models brought for the display. I've snapped some photos, but not nearly as many as did the public who paid to visit the show. There were nine contributors for the four tables we had: Richard Brooker, Dick Delaney, Julien Dixon, Peter Fox, Peter James, Lawrence Paffett, Rick Smith, Peter Terry and I.  John Drummond attended the show as well. Space behind the display was a bit tight, but we managed - a bit of give and take.
The show was very well attended with folks parking what seemed to be miles away to come in. There were clubs displaying from all over the country and that bodes well as the show date was shared with the Scottish Nationals in Perth. 
- Gary Wenko -

Peter Fox also uploaded photos of the JASIG table here and of the show in general here.

Sunday 24 April 2016


Title: "Tokko!! Shinten Seiku-tai"
(Special Attack!! Heaven-Shaking Air Superiority Unit)
Illustrator: Imura Shinji 
Story: Hashimoto Jun
Published by: Bunka-sha, 1998
Size: 12X18cm
Pages: 192
All in Japanese

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe" by Eric Vogel

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
 He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
 I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
 He just smiled and gave me a vegemite...Rufe???

Here are some pictures of my Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe" project of last year (Tamiya 1/48). I still need to take some pictures of the finished model. But with these pictures you get an idea of the progress of the model. I used liquid mask and Vegemite to make some chipping, painted the Hinomaru on it and finished everything with some oil washes.
This was the first plane I worked on since 1997 and I am satisfied with the result so far. Despite its age the kit is still very enjoyable to work on and fits very well. The green colour is based on Nato green, just my personal touch instead of the dark green colour.
The Vegemite method was used before the now famous "hairspray technique". You dip a sponge in the Vegemite and then on a piece of paper until you have a real fine pattern. Then place the sponge on the area you like to have the chips or scratches. Apply a thin layer of paint over it ( Tamiya, Vallejo, Hobby color), wait for 15 minutes. Take a soft brush, make it a little wet with water and start rubbing over the areas. The Vegemite will dissolve and you remove it with the paint with a soft tissue.
I found this method more in control than the Hairspray, you can make real small chips. I have done it now again on my N1K1 (photos soon) and I like the result very much.

Eric Vogel - Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Wednesday 13 April 2016

Japanese Focke-Wulf Ta 183 Huckebein by Richard Brooker

In the previous post about the IPMS Shropshire show a particular model caught my eye and asked Gary for closer shots. So here it is, a Japanese Focke-Wulf Ta 183 "Huckebein" by Richard Brooker in 1/48 for the "What If?" special interest group displayed on the JASIG stand at Cosford.

Sunday 10 April 2016

IPMS Shropshire show 2015 - Japanese Aviation SIG

We had a fantastic showing of models at the IPMS Shropshire show held at the RAF Museum Cosford on Sunday, perhaps, a better display than we have at Telford with SMW, so I think it was a rousing success. We had eight folks displaying, Bob Foster, Tim Cant, Lawrence Paffett, Dick Delaney, Richard Brooker, Paul Bebbington, Andy Binks and I. We paid for two additional tables and had a linear display on four tables. Two snaps are attached, one of the overall display just before the public came in and another with Paul, Richard and I that Stella took. Malcolm Barrett visited the show and spent some time behind the table with us. I know I've left someone off, but can't think of who for love nor money.
It was a wonderful show in a magnificent setting, and of course Gary Stevens, organiser of the show, kindly sited us before the Dinah. What more could we ask? We provided forty-one models in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales, and something that I have to share with you is that a visitor from Japan stopped and thanked us for displaying models of Japanese aircraft. That doesn't happen every day and was quite touching.

- Gary Wenko -

Monday 4 April 2016

Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 by Adam O'Brien

Adam O'Brien from Australia shared with our blog photos of his beautiful Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52. The kit is Tamiya in 1/48 and apart from the riveting Adam used the hairspray method for the chipping and weathering.  
Thanks a lot Adam, can't wait to see your next Japanese plane build!