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Thread: Official Nakajima B5N2 Kate thread

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    Start this off with a couple of showroom (no weathering) Kates

    AIM aircraft and decals




    More pics in my album.
    Tony
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    Very neat clean lines to those Tony. You must have a very steady hand.
    Rob.

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    Rob,
    Rob tell Kyte I have a steady had because I gave up Gin and Tonic years ago! Actually the canopy detail is nicely raised on the AIM aircraft. They are very nice to work with and should get the credit.
    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by pflanzer View Post
    Rob,
    Rob tell Kyte I have a steady had because I gave up Gin and Tonic years ago! Actually the canopy detail is nicely raised on the AIM aircraft. They are very nice to work with and should get the credit.
    Tony
    Even with good detail it still takes a steady hand Tony. All hail to you.
    Kyte says it is the G&T that keeps his hand steady.
    Rob.

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    A perfect paintjob, Tony. I second Rob's opinion, however it's the red wine that keeps MY hand steady. Unfortunately I can not compete with your achievements in that field My Kates are far more "easy" painted


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    1/144 scale

    I wound up with the three Kates from Wing Kit 1 by F-Toys four years or so ago. Lucked into them.



    I wanted another "green" Kate to complete a 3 plane "game squadron" to use in games. I didn't like the silver one in games. All I could find was an old mold, Arii Kate. From, well, I think a brontosarous made the original mold. Anyway, I took a shot at it, and didn't do too terribly bad. I got my 3 plane "game squadron"!



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    My offering to the fray. Both AIM Kates, 1 with bomb and 1 with torpedo option (thanks to mini magnet wonders).

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    See you on the Dark Side......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    My offering to the fray. Both AIM Kates, 1 with bomb and 1 with torpedo option (thanks to mini magnet wonders).

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    And suitably Evil they look Neil!

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    This is where a picture is worth a thousand words on the phone Neil.
    Besides it's also cheaper.
    They sounded good when you described them, but they look so much more in the flesh so to speak.
    I must get some Torps and bombs for my Beaufighters.
    Rob.
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    Coming with both bomb and torpedo they just cried out for mini-magnets so I can field them as either variant.

    When the 4 Val's get here they are getting the same treatment, green overcoats. I want them for Coral Sea, hence the green.
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    Looking nice, Neil. Did you mention in another post about torpedoes in the water? If so, any pics?
    Karl
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    Not painted yet but soon, soon. Its a long way to Hawaii you know. I don't think a Japanese torpedo has the range if I launched (dropped?) them yet.
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    Looking good Neil! They will make a nice target for the Allies

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    Next order for AIM (Christmas present I hope) will be Dauntless and Devastators. Then sink the carrier is ready for the go. Take note for Doncaster 2014 all who dare.

    Neil

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    Looking good Neil! They will make a nice target for the Allies
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    Want a wingman Skafloc san?
    Kiteo.
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    私はあなたを私の翼男 Kiteo San として持つことを名誉に思うでしょう。 私の翼端に向かって飛んで、そして軽い秋風で敗れている柔らかいリンゴ花花弁のような我々の敵に倒れて Heiji 山のクレーンのように舞い上がるために。

    (I would be honoured to have you as my wing man Kiteo San and together we could soar like the cranes of mount Heiji and fall on our enemies like the apple blossom falling in a gentle autumn wind.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Want a wingman Skafloc san?
    Kiteo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    私はあなたを私の翼男 Kiteo San として持つことを名誉に思うでしょう。 私の翼端に向かって飛んで、そして軽い秋風で敗れている柔らかいリンゴ花花弁のような我々の敵に倒れて Heiji 山のクレーンのように舞い上がるために。

    (I would be honoured to have you as my wing man Kiteo San and together we could soar like the cranes of mount Heiji and fall on our enemies like the apple blossom falling in a gentle autumn wind.)
    That's not quite what Google tells me Skafloc san.


    I would honored to have as a wing man Kiteo San my you. In order to soar like a crane Heiji mountain collapsed on the floor of our enemies, such as apple flower petal soft that lost light autumn breeze and and, flying toward the tip of me.

    Kyto.
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    Yes it somewhat gets lost in the reverse translation.
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    I thought it was hilarious. So much for Google translate.
    Rob.
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    Thought I would post my AIM Kates up as well.
    The AIM models are really great & they look great with the torpedo attached.
    I was really pleased how they came out.
    Painted as from IJN Akagi.

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    Beautiful birds, Barry.
    And Betty's? Do you have Betty's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    Beautiful birds, Barry.
    And Betty's? Do you have Betty's?
    No 'quim! Only Lily's.

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    I've already seen your Lilly's and I've already felt the need to ask you for your address for no reason at all...

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    has anyone tried (and succeeded) in the "faded/ blotch" technique as found on this plane: Click image for larger version. 

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    I'm interested in any suggestions, I've thought of possibly using a small portion of an old sponge.

    Thanks for any thoughts you may be able to share.

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    VERY nice work!!! especially impressed with the "spotted" plane on the right. may I ask how you managed that detail???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    I've already seen your Lilly's and I've already felt the need to ask you for your address for no reason at all...
    Cheeky Boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captjimc7 View Post
    VERY nice work!!! especially impressed with the "spotted" plane on the right. may I ask how you managed that detail???
    Sure James. White base and an old paint brush (small size) with little amounts of green pain.

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    "old brush" w/ little green paint- sort of like dry brush technique?

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captjimc7 View Post
    "old brush" w/ little green paint- sort of like dry brush technique?

    James
    Not quite.
    Old brush so that the lines you make are a little blurred.
    Small amounts of paint to control it.

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    My first WW2 plane...finally! Plane is from AIM, base color 'Color Traditions' craft paint '21595 Sand' , green camo squiggles Vallejo 072 deep green, Vallejo 73205 'Green Shade' wash.
    Torp is interchangeable with a bomb with some tiny magnets. Prop from the aerodrome Store.

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    It looks perfect, Peter! What a steady hand you have Brilliant paintjob
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    Thanks Andy. What do you use for deck, hits and guns for the Kate?

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    This is perfect, Peter!
    I want to see more!
    REP!

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    Peter, that is a magnificent piece of artwork.
    Just the rest of the Squadron to do then.

    Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Peter, that is a magnificent piece of artwork.
    Just the rest of the Squadron to do then.
    Rob.
    Oh oh. how many will that be? I was planning on doing 4 in different schemes but a squadron would look much better.

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    Outstanding work, Peter, as always!

    If you're taking orders... I'd love a Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bomber from the carrier Shōkaku (or Zuikaku), early-mid 1942.


    B5N Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber "Kate" E1 311 - Shokaku - Dec 1941

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    Funny, that is what I am working on for my Japanese carrier squadron, Shōkaku. I just really liked the scheme I did first but what you posted is next in line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Thanks Andy. What do you use for deck, hits and guns for the Kate?
    I do not think we have an unofficial card for this one, but the stats should be similar to Aichi Val, IMHO.
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    All,
    There are cards available for a lot of unofficial planes, done by Max Headroom. Karl [Jager] uploaded many to his albums, of which this one might be of interest: Nakajima B5

    Look for others, you may find a few that work for you.

    PS: Chris, this one, in particular: B5, IJN Shokaku
    Mike
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    Thank you Mike!
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    Thanks for the links Mike. So far what I have found on the web indicates that the majority only had one rear firing gun with a few with 2 additional forward firing wing guns.
    I see its speed very close to the Aichi Val but would it have the same diving ability as the Val?

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    Superb "squiggle" camo Peter.
    Great painting.

    Here are a couple of Kate cards.
    These are what I use for mine.

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    Torpedo is interchangeable with a bomb by using tiny magnets. I LOVE IT!

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    Thanks for the cards Baz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    Torpedo is interchangeable with a bomb by using tiny magnets. I LOVE IT!
    Dave, here is what the magnets look like on the torpedo and bomb. Just make sure you get all the magnets aligned up the right way!

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    Thanks for the underside view. That's awesome. Where did you get the munitions and the mini magnets?

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    BTW - I'm also extremely impressed by your paint work. That has got to be one tough livery and you nailed it.

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    Munitions come with the aim aircraft. 1 torpedo and 1 bomb per aircraft!

    AIM also do a torpedo marker. 4 to a pack.

    Minimagnets sourced mine from ebay. 100 for £5 from China me thinks.
    See you on the Dark Side......

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