Another fine and beautifully displayed model of 'Emily', this time crafted from the Arii Microace (ex-LS) kit in 1/144 scale. The model was built by Alexander Sibirev (whose G10N Fugaku featured here last September), photographed by Pavel Bruk and shared with Aviation of Japan via the kindness of Dmitry Koralkov.
The model represents a Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying boat, Model 12 (early version) of 802 Ku, s/n 426, tail code 'N1-26' at Shortland island in 1943. Dai 802 Kaigun Kokutai was re-organised from Dai 14 Kaigun Kokutai in November 1942 and used the tail code 'N1' from January to September 1943.
The model was painted with Vallejo Model Air acrylics using 71.134 IJA Midouri Green (sic) for the dark green upper surfaces, with 71.050 Light Gray (FS 36375/RAL 7040) for the under surfaces and 71.080 Rust (FS 30166) for the props. Despite the smaller scale the model is approximately 19.5 cm (7.7 inches) long, with a wingspan of 26.4 cm (10.4 inches).
With special thanks to Dmitry, Alexander and Pavel for sharing these images of Alexander's excellent model with Aviation of Japan.
Image credits: All model photos © 2018 Alexander Sibirev & Pavel Bruk via Dmitry Korolkov; Box art © 1994 Arii Microace & © 1980 LS
Simply wonderful! So realistic, particularly the weathering, despite the dwarf scale.
I have two questions with regard to those two Emilies:
Grey or silver bottom camouflage?
Brown prop spinners (or rather green ones)?
Thanks for posting these gems.
Going by the extant example under surfaces should be silver (painted not natural metal) although I'm not sure if the Arii/LS kit makes this clear. Hasegawa suggest silver for their kit.
Prop blades are a very dark brown but spinners are another matter. They are often depicted the same brown as the prop blades in box art as a long standing convention but colour photographs reveal dark green spinners. The extant example had dark green spinners but with the forward halves painted red.
Very nice presentation!
Very nice work, Alexander. Thanks for sharing.
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