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Nakajima B6N2 Jill
Nakajima B6N2 Jill
 

Nakajima B6N2 “Jill”

What you see here is one of the best bare metal aircraft models ever created. This can be seen in the realistic metal surface and texture. Note the corrugated metal, meticulously re-scribed panel lines, and handcrafted rivets. All these are skillfully combined to create an incredibly realistic model.
Builder
The individual who built this plane, now retired, pioneered the technique of mimicking corrugated metal on a model airplane. It's a concept so novel, its hard to find an explanation of it used on a model aircraft in this way. The builder, starting with a Hasegawa 1:48 kit, successfully emulated the corrugate metal appearance of the plane's metal expansion (as a result of heat from the sun) which can be seen as “bumps” between the rivet lines. The builder handcrafted the rivets which were lacking in the basic kit, and the panel lines were enhanced to properly model the real aircraft.
This builder is the only one that can create something at this level of detail and realism. The skill, craftsmanship and labor required to build this high quality of a model is enormous and the result is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


History of the plane
Serving during WWII, the Nakajima B6N was the Imperial Japanese Navy's standard torpedo bomber. It first entered service in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in 1944, and most notably fought in the battle of Okinawa on kamikaze missions. It was referred to as “Jill” by the Japanese allies.
In 1939 the plane was commissioned to replace the weak B5N, with more torque and power, however the lengthy time of development and lack of experienced pilots to fly it resulted in the plane's limited service, particularly because of its inferiority to the U.S. planes. It's time of service began with troubled and extensive test flights in 1941 and was used through 1945. In all, 1,268 B6N's were built, the majority of them being B6N2's.
The B6N had a wing span of almost 49 feet with a length of nearly 36 feet and could reach a cruising speed of 207mph. With a crew of 3, the B6N could also hold two 7.7 type 2 machine guns, one in the engine cowling and the other in the ventral tunnel as well one torpedo or up to 800 kg of bombs.
Riveting and Irregularities
In order to emulate the expansion of the plane's metal and corrugation, the builder had to take it upon himself to reproduce such details, rather than relying on the kit or any available extraneous materials. With his years of experience in model building, the builder has fine-tuned his choice of tools for riveting: a sharp fine scriber with “teethed” razor blades; metal cogwheel or riveter; a no. 15 scalpel; and most importantly, patience. Disregarding the kit's instructions, the builder took choice liberties in recreating the original plane's rivets through studying photographs. It was also necessary to deepen the kit's existing recess panel lines. Exaggerating these panel lines was essential at the start of assembly because during scribing and polishing they would decrease in detail and cannot be recreated. When a modeler begins riveting, there's no going back. It's a one-time-only process which must be exact from the start. Any repair is very apparent on a finished model and decreases the level of quality. Once this detailing is complete, the builder then used a car rubbing compound, like Motip, and polished the surface, almost endlessly, until it had a soft wavy look without any scalpel tracks.
Painting
After the riveting and irregularities, painting is the most important step in creating a realistic bare metal surface. This is another feature that distinguishes experts from the novices, and the builder has once again set himself apart in this area: he has successfully created a perfect replica of the aluminum sheet metal of the real aircraft. Requiring no less than two coats of paint, the builder first airbrushed a glossy base coat, and then a second silver coat. Then, polishing, polishing, polishing. The builder knew his job was complete when the reflectivity of the surface metal was identical to the real aircraft's. Usually, a varnish hides the wonderful metal shine, and thus the builder chose to only apply it around the exhaust, bottom fuselage, wing tank covers and ailerons, all in order to further add to the life-like details. Further Assembly To create the U.S. decals on the tail (the plane was captured and an American registration number was applied), the builder needed to print it out on a decal form as the exact inscription wasn't available on a purchasable decal. The builder also replaced the original canopy with a Squadron Signal, which he separated into sections and glued them onto the plane in opened positions, as to show off the incredibly detailed cockpit. After this, the undercarriage compartments, tail wheel, flaps, radio mast and the propeller where the final touches. A builder must have patience and experience to complete such an immaculate model, and the final product really show cases his unique skill set in the riveting, surface irregularities, painting and final assembly. Not only is are his abilities apparent on the entire plane, but we can especially see the very subtle, but realistically created, corrugated metal showcased aft of the cockpit on the dorsal side of the fuselage. Not only is this Nakajima a truly exceptional plane, but this model is truly a masterpiece, built by a one-of-a-kind model builder who will never build again.


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