E13A1 Sui-Tei ('Jake')

Aircraft: Aichi E13A1 Sui-Tei (Allied code name 'Jake'), "X-6", No. 5 Kokutai, Imperial Japanese Navy, as unloaded from the Kamikawa Maru, Kiska Island, June 1942, pilot unknown.

References: Imperial Japanese Navy Reconnaissance Seaplanes. Famous Airplanes of the World #47, Bunrindo Publishing, July 1994.

Kit: Nichimo #4803 1/48.

Accessories/modifications: Lone Star Models cockpit and fuselage resin set (LSM 0324), Engines and Things resin Mitsubishi Kinsei HA-112 14 cyl. engines (#48-134), propellors replaced with those from Tamiya A6M3 (kit #61025), Lewis gun by Vector (VDS48-016), dolly modification using styrene card, raised rivets and panel lines sanded off and rescribed, second pair of float struts deleted, float rigging made from 0.005" music wire, microtube and white glue, replacement exhausts from drinking straw.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II, weathering by oil wash and silver and terra cotta Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

Decals: National marks and stencils with paint, 'X-6' with paint and from Hasegawa A6M2N (#09681), custom 'no step here' decal by ILJ.

Issues: Difficult. LSM's resin upgrade a big help. Nichimo's kit is a fairly rough approximation of an E13A1 - e.g., wing shape, cowling and many details questionable, cockpit interior detail absent, beaching dolly does not fit the floats properly, propellor blades are ridiculously broad et c. Missing glass at gunner position. At the end, Dullcoat application brought traces of Sharpie marker lines (originally applied as guides for line scribing) to surface, ruining finish.

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