This kit has been around since 1996 so it shouldn't be a stranger to many of you. The kit I am using is item number 09145. I like the look of the Raiden. A short tubby fast little number that was purpose built as a short range interceptor to defend against the high flying B-29 Super Fortresses
Jamie Haggo has become quite well known modeller in recent times particularly for his heavily weathered and derelict subjects. Though I prefer not to weather a model to the extent that Jamie does, I do like to display my models with some in service wear and tear. You know, the general grime and stains that you'd see on an aircraft that has been in service for a number of years. And perhaps missed the last visit to the paint shop.
I'm going to try and emulate some of the techniques on the Hasegawa 1/48 J2M3 Raiden. I won't be going all extreme on it but I will attempt to present the subject with some life to it - a story if you will.
One thing I find myself doing now with most of my builds is to do a test fit of the major assembly components. In this case the two fuselage halves, tailplanes, engine cowl, upper engine cowl fairing and the upper and lower wing parts. Some Tamiya tape holds it all together and I'm pleased to say that there aren't any major issues to speak of. The only issue to report is the wing root join to fuselage is an approximate half millimetre gap on either side. It's something that I can live with as it can be easily address with either some Mr Surfacer or Tamiya putty. I may even opt for a spreader in the fuselage.
Note that I haven't had to use much Tamiya tape to hold the parts together. The two fuselage halves are a click fit and should require minimal seam cleanup when joined. The same thing applies for the engine cowling and upper engine cowl fairing.
The underside wing to fuselage join indicates that it should be quite straightforward. And where the wing meets the cowl underside looks to be promising too.
This is looking good for a kit form 1996!
Next up...the cockpit.