I've made a start with - you guessed it - the cockpit . Nothing elaboate as this is an OOB build. I used Nick Millman's excellent e-guide " Painting the Early Zero -Sen " to mix the early Mitsubishi olive-green cockpit color using Tamiya XF 58 Olive Green and XF 49 Khaki with a touch of XF 3 Flat yellow.
Nick runs a wonderful site here:http://www.aviationofjapan.com/
Nick is a very respected guy in this field and he has also been very generous in sharing his time and knowlege - If you are at all interested in Japanese aircraft and have not allready done so , visit his site- it's a real treat.
The kit gives you the usual option of flat IP and instrument decal or the molded variety that you hand paint. I opted for the decal.
After paint and picking out details the green was given a light wash of umber oil and a very little dry brushing with a lightened mixture of the base color. Very minor scuffing done with piece of cosmetic sponge and flat white/aluminium mix. There was only one inverted gull wing prototype built and it was tested to destruction during the static load tests so it wasn't around long enough to accumulate much wear. Lap belts were added from Eduard's IJN set.
Next up are the guns/magazines and fuselage assembly . Thanks for looking- All comments welcome.
Cheers ! Richard