'The build was almost exactly the same as the J2M3, mostly out of the box save for adding some wires, adding or moving levers and parachute loop, cockpit vent, belts and a scratchbuilt radio. Rivets were added by digitizing a 3 view plan, merging it with the kit's 3 view in the instructions, then designing rivet templates and cutting them on my Cameo 4.
'Paints were AK Real Colors and Mr Color, with a custom mix for the olive grey undersides of 3 parts AK RC 301 RAF Hemp to 2 parts Mr Color C60 RLM02 Grey. The paint was chipped and weathered to match the existing photos of the aircraft, although weathering was toned down to represent an operational aircraft.
'This was a very interesting build, especially the research and my conclusion that the aircraft number was in fact 181, and not 191, as previously thought.'
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