From the late 1930’s until 1942
pilots of the Imperial Japanese Navy reigned supreme over the skies
of the South Pacific.
Years of rigorous training and
schooling coupled with valuable combat experience in the War over
China gave these pilots over whelming superiority in the skies of
the southern Pacific Ocean during the Great Pacific War.
Highly motivated and filled with the
spirit of invincibility these pilots of the Rising Sun were
by Verlinden Products, this 1/5 scale bust captures the fighting
spirit of the fighter pilots of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the
early part of World War Two.
The details in this kit are superb
and really lend themselves to the creativity of the modeler.
The kit is cast in a resin that is
very easy to work with as well as paint. There were very few
pinholes in the cast and the ones that I found were simple to repair
The figure comes in three pieces.
The main body of the figure, the left side flap of the flight
helmet, and a nice base. All of the pieces are easy to clean up and
fitted together rather well.
After removing the flash from the
flight helmet flap and sanding down the slightly raised edges here
and there, I washed the entire figure with a mild detergent (dish
liquid) and water. I let this dry over night. The next day I coated
the figure and the base with a primer coat. I used Model Master’s
Olive Drab. Looking carefully over the figure I found and repaired
the few pinholes in the cast with Elmer’s glue. Letting this dry
over a 24-hour period I was ready to begin the painting process.
this figure I used various colors and mixes of colors from Model
Master’s Acrylic line. I had no problems blending and shading with
this product and was very pleased with the results. Most of the
figure was painted using a Paasche VL airbrush. All of the
detail work was done by hand. The details are my favorite part. For
me the fine details bring the figure to life.
Overall I am very pleased with the outcome of
this project and would highly recommend this kit to both the
beginner and the experienced modeler. There are no major flaws or
drawbacks to this kit. It fits well, painted nicely, and makes an
attractive addition to a good friend of mine’s collection!
My friend and mentor in the field of Japanese Kaigun
Aviators, Gary Nila. Through many e-mails and several phone
conversations. Thanks man
Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45.
By Gary Nila, Illustrated by Bill
Younghusband. Osprey Publishing Elite Series #86 2002.
and Equipment of IJN.
Model Art Magazine No. 655 All other text is in Japanese, but this
magazine/book is a valuable source none the less.
Naval Aviator 1937-45. By
Osamu Tagaya. Illustrated by John White. Osprey Publishing Warrior
Feel free to send me your comments and
questions at Mcjr30@aol.com