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    This is the the AIM A6M5 Zeros that Peter (Teaticket) painted for me.
    I'm overwhelmed and happy.
    I'm showcasing them just for the beauty of it.

    Photos and edition by Camille.



























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    Wow, beautiful planes Joaquim! I'd post photos of mine but they are the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Wow, beautiful planes Joaquim! I'd post photos of mine but they are the same!

    Tomorrow Camille will post something for you to post photos...

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    Saw those beauties in the flesh. They are every bit as good as they look in the photos .
    Peter.


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    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Actually mine are a bit different. I have spinning props and the wing guns aren't there as 2 had a broken one so I cut mine all off. Guess I'll post some photos tomorrow...

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    Here are more AIM A6M5 Zeros, my copy of the Black Squadron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    This is the AIM A6M5 Zero that Peter (Teaticket) painted for me.

    ...



    ...
    Hmmm....
    Mike
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    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Would this be useful?

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    I want to marry you, Mike!!
    I just want to marry you!

    Can you please, please make the other two?!

    But the deck is not B (at least not in my book), can you make it A+ deck?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Here are more AIM A6M5 Zeros, my copy of the Black Squadron.

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    They're exactly the same!
    We have to make our campaign.

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    Joaquin,
    You'll have to get rid of my present Better Half to marry me.

    The Unofficial Stats Committee is where I took the numbers from. They don't say "A", but it could be " F"?

    I'm resting my ill body at the moment, so later today I'll get the others done.
    Mike
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    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Great work here, lads - kudos all around!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Joaquin,
    You'll have to get rid of my present Better Half to marry me.

    The Unofficial Stats Committee is where I took the numbers from. They don't say "A", but it could be " F"?

    I'm resting my ill body at the moment, so later today I'll get the others done.
    Camille is also having a problem with my sudden decision to marry you... I'll postpone the proposal until I calm down.
    I know that the committee has a B deck for the A6M5... I don't agree. It was more maneuverable than a Spitfire Mk.2... So why make it equal to a Me-109?

    Can you, in name of our almost engagement make them with the A deck?

    Oh, and you do have all the time in the world.
    Did you see my new solo decks for WW2?

    One more question.
    What is your favorite plane?

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    Joaquin,
    I think you really mean you want to be my "winger", not spouse. But, we are already wingers.

    Being that these are custom cards for custom paint jobs, I can make them anything you want. " A+" it is.

    Yes, I saw your wonderful work, and want to get to it, but a convention and a nasty cold I caught during the con have slowed me down some. I'm in bed communing with my remaining cat, trying to beat the cold. This weekend, I expect to be recovered enough to start working on it, if my Better Half doesn't get me to tear apart the office for repainting. Then, I'll really be taking a break from computer work.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Joaquin,
    I think you really mean you want to be my "winger", not spouse. But, we are already wingers.

    Being that these are custom cards for custom paint jobs, I can make them anything you want. " A+" it is.

    Yes, I saw your wonderful work, and want to get to it, but a convention and a nasty cold I caught during the con have slowed me down some. I'm in bed communing with my remaining cat, trying to beat the cold. This weekend, I expect to be recovered enough to start working on it, if my Better Half doesn't get me to tear apart the office for repainting. Then, I'll really be taking a break from computer work.
    Wingers we are!
    Get better. I returned from Prague with a cold that really was hard to kill.

    And what is you favorite WW1 or WW2 plane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Joaquin,
    I think you really mean you want to be my "winger", not spouse. But, we are already wingers.

    Being that these are custom cards for custom paint jobs, I can make them anything you want. " A+" it is.

    Yes, I saw your wonderful work, and want to get to it, but a convention and a nasty cold I caught during the con have slowed me down some. I'm in bed communing with my remaining cat, trying to beat the cold. This weekend, I expect to be recovered enough to start working on it, if my Better Half doesn't get me to tear apart the office for repainting. Then, I'll really be taking a break from computer work.
    Wingers we are!
    Get better. I returned from Prague with a cold that really was hard to kill.

    And what is you favorite WW1 or WW2 plane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    Wingers we are!
    Get better. I returned from Prague with a cold that really was hard to kill.

    And what is you favorite WW1 or WW2 plane?
    I'm trying to get better. And I'm ignoring your other question.
    Mike
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    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    I'm trying to get better. And I'm ignoring your other question.
    For any reason in special?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackronin View Post
    For any reason in special?
    "For any reason in particular?" is the expression you are looking for, I think. And yes. But, I'm not going to answer that question, either.

    Just enjoy the cards.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    "For any reason in particular?" is the expression you are looking for, I think. And yes. But, I'm not going to answer that question, either.

    Just enjoy the cards.
    You right, my sentence was wrong.
    Okay.
    Your particulars are your particulars to keep.

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    Your sentence wasn't wrong, cause I understood it. I was attempting to provide a more common phrase. It could be worded many ways, including "Any particular reason?"

    Like the conversation:
    "Did you do that for a special occassion?"
    "No. Not for any particular reason."


    Original card pilot: Black Ronin (Google Translation, sorry)

    Pilot: Black Blade (Google Translation, sorry)
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    Mike
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    Thanks, Mike!

    You are the best!

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    Two A6M5s from Armaments in Miniature. I want to say the planes are painted as aircraft from the 203rd kokutai. Decals are from Miscellaneous Miniatures, LLC. Vallejo military green on top, gray green on the bottom, black gray on the cowl, heavily weathered with silver paint.

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    Kevin, these are wonderful too.

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    You've done a great job on the weathering.
    I just couldn't bring myself to "spoil" a factory finish - all the more credit to those of you who can!

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    Great looking Zeros Kevin.

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    Very nice indeed - I normally like factory finish, but the truly appalling level of worn and flaked paint that many photos of real Japanese aircraft show makes them a prime candidate for this approach, and you've really nailed the look.

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    Those look grand Kevin
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Lieutenant Commander Shigeru Itaya and wingman off the Akagi training for the Pearl Harbor strike, November 1941. The A6M2s are Shapeways FUD by Dragontamer 96, with Tamiya and Vallejo paint and I-94 Enterprises and home made decals.

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    Very nice indeed!!!

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    Here is my modest addition to the A6M2 postings. A flight for Kaga in December 1941. Flight leader Yoshio Shiga.
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    For my first venture into 1/200 modelling for WGS, I painted a box of Warlord A6M5 Zeros as aircraft of 311 Squadron, 501 Naval Air Group, flying from carrier Taiho during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19-20 1944. Aircraft number 1-102 is taken from a profile, other aircraft numbers are conjectural.

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    Paints are whatever I had on hand that looked about right. The canopy is Model Master Light Gray. The underside is from a 20 year old tin of Humbrol Gray A/N2, opened for the first time and fresh as the day I bought it. The black cowling and yellow wing id panels are Testors Pla Enamel (!). The spinner is Delta Ceramcoat Dark Umber (I think - the label is off that bottle). Upper surfaces are a base of dark green Folk Art Thicket, dry-brushed with medium green Folk Art Clover to bring out the panel lines. I slopped a thin black wash over-all a couple of times, then dry-brushed the bottom in the base color.

    Decals...Wing hinomarus top and bottom are from the Mark I 1/144 hinomaru sheets, with white surround and without. Fuselage hinomarus are from the Dom's Decals 1/285 sheet of hinomarus with white surrounds. I got lucky and the shades of red matched very well. The three-digit aircraft numbers are from an I-94 sheet of 1/285 white and red Russian id numbers. The '1-' prefix is hand painted.

    The models were sealed with Army Painter Matte lacquer spray, which I don't ordinarily use, but I tried a can. It's given me some problems with other models (too shiny), but I like the effect on these Zeros.

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    Very nice Irv. An impressive flight. Sadly they will be on the receiving end in the Marianas Turkey Shoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippyfusenet View Post
    For my first venture into 1/200 modelling for WGS, I painted a box of Warlord A6M5 Zeros as aircraft of 311 Squadron, 501 Naval Air Group, flying from carrier Taiho during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19-20 1944. Aircraft number 1-102 is taken from a profile, other aircraft numbers are conjectural.

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    Paints are whatever I had on hand that looked about right. The canopy is Model Master Light Gray. The underside is from a 20 year old tin of Humbrol Gray A/N2, opened for the first time and fresh as the day I bought it. The black cowling and yellow wing id panels are Testors Pla Enamel (!). The spinner is Delta Ceramcoat Dark Umber (I think - the label is off that bottle). Upper surfaces are a base of dark green Folk Art Thicket, dry-brushed with medium green Folk Art Clover to bring out the panel lines. I slopped a thin black wash over-all a couple of times, then dry-brushed the bottom in the base color.

    Decals...Wing hinomarus top and bottom are from the Mark I 1/144 hinomaru sheets, with white surround and without. Fuselage hinomarus are from the Dom's Decals 1/285 sheet of hinomarus with white surrounds. I got lucky and the shades of red matched very well. The three-digit aircraft numbers are from an I-94 sheet of 1/285 white and red Russian id numbers. The '1-' prefix is hand painted.

    The models were sealed with Army Painter Matte lacquer spray, which I don't ordinarily use, but I tried a can. It's given me some problems with other models (too shiny), but I like the effect on these Zeros.
    Nice job!

    The models, close up, are not acceptable to me. You make them look much better than I would have thought they could.
    Mike
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    Helpful note on Japanese codes:

    Everything before the last three digits is the Unit ID code, which differs between land and carrier squadrons. Carriers were typically a letter and a Roman numeral identifying Carrier Division and ship:
    *CarDiv 1: AI = Akagi, AII = Kaga
    *CarDiv 2: BI = Soryu, BII = Hiryu
    *CarDiv 3: CI = Zuiho (to 6/42) or Unyo (7-10/42), CII = Hosho (to 6/42) or Taiyo (7-10/42)
    *CarDiv 4: DI = Ryujo (to 7/42) or Hiyo (8-10/42), DII = Taiyo (to 3/42), Shoho (4-5/42) or Junyo (5-10/42), DIII = Ryujo (from 7/42)
    *CarDiv 5: EI = Shokaku (to 7/42) or Zuikaku (from 7/42), EII = Zuikaku (to 7/42) or Shokaku (from 7/42)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._Japanese_Navy

    Then in the last three, the first digit is the mission type:
    *1xx = Fighter
    *2xx = Dive Bomber
    *3xx = Level Bomber (either carrier torpedo or land-based long-range, both Kates/Jills and Nells/Bettys always have 3xx codes)
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    Thanks for the kind words, guys.

    Peter, A6M5 Zeros in 1944 are targets, that's just a fact of life. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

    Mike, in future I'm going to look for better models than Warlord. I tried them, and now I know. I was disappointed when I opened the box, but I went to work and made them the best I could.

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    You've made a grand job of them!

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    Got these direct from China on evilbay. Hogan Wings 1/200 A6M2 Zeros. Metal is very hard. I had difficulty drilling for pegs. I tried to cut the landing gear off remove the gear doors and replace the doors. Sounded good in my head but didn't execute well. Ended up being more work than just filing and sanding would be.
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    Good looking Zeros. I tip my hat again to your crafting skills. I hack diecasts up something awful with my dremel. As long as the damage is on the bottom, I don't mind too much, but I always have to repaint.

    I searched for 'Hogan Wings 1/200 Zero' and variations on Ebay, Amazon and Google, but found nuthin'. Got a link? I want to checkitout.

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    These look great. I’d pick some up too.

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    Hi Joaquin they are lovely A6m5 , can you tell me who makes the dragon decals , thanks Steve.



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