Beginning a short season of Japanese Navy floatplanes with this magnificent model of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu Type 11 built from the 1/48 scale Tamiya kit by Guillermo as part of a 60 day modelling challenge 'War of Nation' held in Latin America.
Guillermo built the model almost from the box with only the addition of Eduard seat belt and Moskit metal exhausts. The interior was painted with Ronin Xpectrue enamel Pale Green FS 34227.
The exterior of the model was first painted with Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium then Vallejo's Liquid mask was used to depict areas of wear before Model Master 2116 IJN Green was applied to the upper surfaces and Vallejo M-495 Light Gray FS 36357 to the under surfaces. The trolley and ladder were airbrushed with a mix of Tamiya X-18 and XF-63 (in the ratio 2:1) to obtain a very dark grey finish and weathered effect for salty water. The kit decals were used to represent aircraft サ-132 ('Sa'-132) of the Sasebo Ku in September 1944.
Sasebo Ku was a mainly seaplane and flying boat unit engaged in reconnaissance and convoy escort duties equipped with a variety of such aircraft including the A6M2-N 'Rufe' floatplane fighter for air defence. The Kyofu was operated by Sasebo Ku alongside the Rufe from August 1944.
With special thanks to Guillermo for sharing these images of an excellent Kyofu model and also for introducing other forthcoming models made by his friends for the challenge.
Image credit: All © 2021 Guillermo