The airplanes have been finished. They've been painted, weathered, and dry brushed. The lighting has washed them out a little, but they'll look fine in the final photos.
First is a shot of each individual type, top and bottom. While most people simply paint the entire canopy area one color, I don't like this. These planes were not bubble canopies and instead had a birdcage structure. Therefore, I try to paint the canopies in sections with my smallest paint brush. I know they're still inaccurate as there are more horizontal and vertical sections, but this still better conveys the actual appearance of these planes instead of just painting the whole canopy one color. Note also the painted landing gear bays on the Zero and Kate, but not on the Val, which has fixed gear.
The whole gang. This was a lot of very tiny, very tedious painting.
Also of note is the fact that there are 78 Hinomarus applied (six per plane on thirteen planes).
Next up were the PE aft movable masts. Here they are before having the topmost section attached and before final touch up (the "CA string" on the top left has since been removed).
Lastly, the mainmast has been rigged, flags attached, planes added, crew added (almost 70), aft masts added (along with top sections attached).
From the other side, where the port PE boat davits and rigging (with boat) can be seen.
With this, all major building is complete. All that's left is to rig the aft masts, paint and weathering touch ups, and final dull coat on the shiny CA spots where planes and people were attached...
I'll have final photos up after this weekend, which is Modelpalooza, but well before deadline. This build, the Kongo, and some others can be seen at Modelpalooza if anyone wants to come to the Orlando area and check them out in person.Modelpalooza Info...