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Posted by Smokin_Joes | Nov 26, 2011 @ 04:43 PM | 4,495 Views
The new FMS A6M in gray paint scheme arrived at my door on Nov 22. Thanks Philip!

Initial QC check and the results are great. No missing parts, no bashed noses or in this case, tail.

Which gray is it?

Below is a pic of it's wing by my HK AT6 I repainted as a A6M using Testors Camouflage Gray

It color looks similar to this

Which is Testors Dark Gull Gray. Notice I say similar, not that it's a perfect match.

It is definitely darker than Imperial Japanese Navy Sky Gray as seen here

This is arguably the correct green gray used on the aircraft, though many feel they were painted a whiter or lighter gray.

Below I've also added shots of the drop tank, rudder and elevator detail that may not have been as apparent through pics of the darker variant.

Not very exciting pics, but overall I'm very excited about the amazing detail found on this plane! Well I should restate that as the amazing detail on all of the FMS planes I have.

***Pic upload has been hit or miss for me as of late so I'll re-add as I can/it works.

Planned mods:

Canopy detail and new pilot
WWII Japanese aircraft were known for crappy paint life, so will add some weathering effects.
Changing to 514 retracts and add VQ suspension struts.
Update to 19g elevator servo.
60A ESC with CC 10A BEC.

Elevator- FMS seemed to have added a second spar.