24 hours. What can be done in that time?
I decided to check it out and took out my Mitsubishi G4M1 "Betty" from Hasegawa.
|I started. at 19.22|
|and I kept going with a straight out of the box construction.|
|But then I decided to make new rivets ...|
|I had worked the night shift last week, so I wasn't tired. At six in the morning I decided to quit and go to bed.|
|After basic paint I took a break and went home to my mother and for a cup of coffee.|
|Now almost one day later, I break for dinner. I can see that with a good kit that can be constructed without too much filler and modifications, you can probably build it in one day. Now I used many hours for the rivets and a coffee break, so I didn't finish it in one day, but I decided to have it ready for the club meeting the next day.|
|Next step was a thin layer of white paint.|
|Masking the canopies would have taken too long so I brush painted them instead.|
|Masking the green crosses and then it was time for a night rest.|
So, at 15.56 I was ready.
|It did turn out better than I expected. In fact, now I regret not masking the canopies and spraying them with the rest of the plane. They stand out too much from the rest.|
A little explanation for the colour scheme:|
After the capitulation of Japan, this aircraft was painted overall white with green crosses, in accordance with the terms of surrender for aircraft.
US Army General MacArthur instructed the Japanese to send emissaries to Manila on August 17, 1945 to arrange the formal surrender and bring with them all of Japan's defensive plans. On August 19, 1945 two Betty bombers painted in surrender markings took off from Tokyo with the Japanese delegation, rendezvousing with two B-25J Mitchells from the 345th Bombardment Group.
Providing top cover were six P-38 Lighting of the 80th Fighter Squadron. The Americans assigned the call signs "Bataan I" and "Bataan II" to the Japanese aircraft.
|Stockholm May 27, 2002||No updates|