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PostSubject: LS 72nd scale A6M2 - Nakajima Rufe   Tue Feb 21 2017, 13:21

Manufacturer: LS Hobbies

Model: No. 104: Nakajima A6M2 – N Rufe

Scale: 1/72nd scale

Decals / Markings: Decal markings for a single plane

History / description: The A6M2-N floatplane was developed from the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Type 0, for the purposes of supporting amphibious operations and defending remote bases. It was based on the A6M2 - Model 11 fuselage, with a modified tail and added floats. This aircraft was the brainchild of Shinobu Mitsutake, Nakajima Aircraft Company's Chief Engineer, and Atsushi Tajima, one of the company's designers. A total of 327 were built, including the original prototype.

The aircraft was deployed in 1942, referred to as the "Suisen 2" ("Hydro fighter type 2"), and was only utilized in defensive actions in the Aleutians and Solomon Islands operations. Such seaplanes were effective in harassing American PT boats at night, and they were very difficult to detect, even with primitive radar. The large float and wing pontoons of the A6M2-N degraded its performance by about 20%, enough that the A6M2-N was not usually a match for even the first generation of Allied fighters.

Modeler’s Notes:

1) Kit includes beaching gear (not shown).

2) Pilot was provided, but replaced with a more detailed one from another kit. Interior surfaces were painted metallic blue.

3) Cockpit canopy plastic is clouded and the frames are too large. A coat of Future floor wax was applied. Canopy can be displayed open or closed.

4) Wings feature moveable ailerons and operating landing flaps. Landing flaps are in the down position.

5) Exhaust staining from engines and guns achieved through slight application of Tamiya pastels.

6) Extra details: Antenna wiring created using stretched plastic sprue, glued, and painted. Navigation lights painted.

Paints: Model Master FS34201 SAC Bomber Tan, Tamiya acrylic XF- 11 J.N. Green, red, flat black, silver, semi-gloss black, Testors rubber, metallic blue, and Testors Dullcote


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