I would like to present you my Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo-bomber model. This model was built completely out of paper. As a matter of fact, we have in Poland a long tradition of building paper models of different kinds of machines, aircraft, ships, tanks, buildings etc. This particular aircraft was built from a series called “Mały Modelarz” in 1/33 scale (example:
It is one of not so many, but rather popular publishers of paper models in our polish market. The difference is that although the basic material is the same (paper, cardboard), I create my models in a different way, which allows me to lose this characteristic look of a paper model. It is more like a plastic one, but of course it is not. Cutting a long story short, I put several layers of varnish on the model and then I polish it with different gradation of sandpapers – this cycle is repeated many, many times. The process converts sharp edged and flat paper parts and its surface into a nice and smooth where it is needed. After that it is possible to put all panel lines and rivets with sharp tools – almost just like in plastic kits. The whole model was painted. It represents a fiction aircraft but based on a real photo showing captured “Kate” in Okinawa in 1945. I just reduced a tactical number on a tail and tried to made the camouflage correct according to the times. If you would like to see the building process you may visit this thread (http://www.zabawa.kartonwork.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=17707 ) on “Kartonwork”, the site entirely dedicated to paper modelling.
- Jakub Bratkowski, Poland -