Saturday, 26 June 2021

Pat Donahue's 1/48 Model 22 Zero

Another very fine Zero model, this time an A6M3 Model 22 built by Pat Donahue from the superlative 1/48 scale Tamiya kit to represent a field camouflaged aircraft of 251 Ku, often attributed as flown by leading ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa and as seen in a series of well known photographs taken by Hajime Yoshida, a Nichiei journalist who visited Rabaul, Lae, Buin and Ballale during 1942-43. Pat has described his painting and detailing of the build as follows:-

'I have always been fascinated by this colour scheme and when Tamiya released their beautiful A6M3 model 22 I decided to try to replicate it. With the help of Nick Millman and Ryan Toews I was able to pin down some of the questions I had about the basic aircraft and its colours.  I used circle masks for the red painted Hinomaru areas and then gave the model a base coat of Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats ACJ 12 which I feel has a nice scale effect appearance for the Mitsubishi gray.  

'The model was overcoated with Future after the base coat of 'olive gray'  then the stencil decals were applied and given several coats of Future overcoat.  Those were polished down with # 12000 Micro Mesh to smooth out the decal ridges. The camouflage was then applied freehand with a Paasche V Jr. using enlarged photos of the actual A/C and the Tamiya painting chart which I felt they did a nice job on. I used Xtracolor IJNAF Dark green for this color after consulting Nick's PDF on Japanese Navy dark greens.   Panel line washing and weathering was done with  Payne's Gray and raw and burnt umber oil paints. The model was then overcoated with Testors Dullcote and more weathering and usage marks applied with pastels and a Prisma color silver pencil.


'The engine has Detail Master .012 red wire for the spark plug wires and white wire with the metal core stripped out for the spark  plug bodies. Additional structure was added to the cowl interior and the flap wells. The brake lines are Detail Master .012 gray wire. The cockpit was painted with Colourcoats Mitsubishi Interior Green, with added details from stretched sprue and Eduard photo etch. Eduard masks were used to mask the canopy (all 25 individual pieces of them)!

'Again my appreciation to both Nick and Ryan for their great help in my building of this kit.'


With very special thanks to Pat for very kindly sharing these images of his superb and brilliantly realised model with such an excellent replication of that tricky to apply field camouflage. Thanks also for his patience in waiting for them to appear here on the blog. Below some additional close-ups to enjoy. 


And not forgetting the cockpit details!


Image credit: All © 2021 Pat Donahue





14 comments:

David Brizzard said...

As usual Pat, a superb model build. Thanks for sharing.

WD said...

Absolutely brilliant build! I too have a thing for this airframe and hope to replicate it someday with the Tamiya kit in 1/72nd.

Unknown said...

Such an outstanding achievement with so many fine details and a very realistic and perfectly rendered paint scheme !

Bravo Pat for such a superlative model and thanks as always to Nick !



Michael Thurow said...

That's a fantastic model! The best interpretation of this A6M3 I've ever seen, a well-known subject but very difficult to replicate. I've been planning for a long time to build just this one but I'm afraid I can't master the intricate camouflage or even match your perfect detailing.
Thanks for sharing - it's an inspiration!

Danilo said...

Great job indeed!! However Tamiya offers the very best Zero kits in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

stempihar said...

Top realistic build ZERO

Kevin Bade said...

My compliments Mr.Donahue. What a magnificent model. The interior, the excellent replication of UI-105s tricky camoflage, the engine detail, the landing gear and a flawless finish. One of the best models I have seen in long time and this blog showcases many talented modellers. I built the same A6M3 22 with Hasegawas 1/72 kit and mine is satisfactory but yours doesnt just raise the bar of standard, it is the bar. Great work..show us more. Thanks Nick for letting us all see this lovely, historical Zero.

Alex Rodionov said...

Superb detalisation and excellent paint job for such difficult camo. Great not only for 1/48. Thanks for sharing.

Dan Salamone said...

A beautiful model of a beautiful aircraft, well done, Pat!

Dan

Fabien L said...

" 102 " is yellow with white outline.
But a great model kit indeed !!!

Straggler 脱走兵 said...

Fabien L

'102' might be yellow with a white outline but this aircraft is 105!

Nick

Ken Glass said...

A beautiful build, Pat. Thanks for sharing, Pat & Nick.

Mark Smith said...

Pat, so nice to see the masterful touch familiar to your builds over many, many years. It was a joy to look through these photos, and particularly inspiring since the Tamiya A6M5 is the current project, using the same basic molds. Very faithful replication of camouflage and great detail work. Thank for showcasing it here, Nick.

WilliamR said...

Absolutely phenomenal Pat. As always your care and attention to detail is on display. This is one of the finest finishes I've ever had the pleasure to see. Worthy of the plane, the pilot and yourself. You really made an excellent kit into something very special. Thanks for sharing it.