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  1. Platz is to release a 1/144th Kawasaki C-1 kit - ref.? Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  2. Pit Road is to release a 1/144th Kawasaki P-1 kit - ref. Sources: https://twitter.com/pitroad_plamo/status/1575653655088402432/photo/4 https://twitter.com/ModelArtInc/status/1575666677009682432/photo/1 V.P.
  3. One Man Model has Kawasaki C-1/EC-1 & Asuka/QSTOL kits in project. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1199554816907514&id=100005590215920 V.P.
  4. Ki-61-Id Interior 3D Decal (QD48141 for Tamiya) 1:48 Quinta Studio When Quinta’s innovative products first came to our attention, they caused quite a stir, as well they should. The replacement Instrument Panels and internal details are mind-boggling to look at, because we’re used to seeing simplified styrene instrument panels, or Photo-Etch Brass panels with either two layers of etch, or laminated parts that can be tricky to glue together, even though they are pre-painted for your ease. But decals? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill decals though, they’re 3D printed in many layers and colours on a flat carrier film, having as much in the way of elevation as is needed to complete a realistic panel printed in the correct colours, complete with shiny dial faces and metallic-effect hardware, and often including cushions and seat belts in the set. Each set arrives in a Ziploc bag with a folded instruction booklet protecting the decals, which are also separately bagged, so they should reach you in good condition. The pictorial instructions are printed on glossy paper, and are shown in full colour as befits the awesomeness of the sets, showing exactly where each part should go on the actual model, so there’s no confusion due to the “pictures speak a thousand words” maxim. Additional hints and instructions are also included, marking out parts needing bases, kit parts that are used or replaced and other useful tips. The technical instructions in the text-based, giving additional tips to the new user about maximising adhesion and preventing lift at the edges by wicking in super glue. Although you are advised to use Super Glue (CA) to attach the decals to the surface permanently, preparation is much the same as your standard decal, but you will need to remove any raised detail that would be underneath the location depicted in the instructions, and some new parts will need small backing panels or bases on which to apply the decal. A slim piece of sheet styrene would perform that task, and painting the edges a matching colour should minimise its appearance or turn it completely invisible. This set is patterned for the ageing Tamiya kit of this WWII Japanese fighter, and it will benefit greatly from the attention that Quinta have lavished on it. The set comprises just one sheet of decals that although small are commensurate with the size of the cockpit itself. It contains a complete instrument panel with multiple angled sections, side wall details; a corrugated oxygen hose and regulator; wiring and a set of lap-belts for the pilot’s vague convenience and mild safety. What was it with WWII Japanese fighters and their poor seatbelt and general crew safety provision? Conclusion The detail on the parts is incredible, even down to the infinitesimal switches, the corrugations of the oxygen hose assembly and overall impressive crispness of the set. This cockpit once complete really needs a crystal-clear or opened canopy to show off the details. I have a vacformed one standing by already. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Finally found some time to finish this build, hopefully the owner will be pleased with how it turned out. I will forward him the photos later. Not an easy build this one, apart from the fiddly cables, I found the front mudguard was constructed with very thin styrene, it was scale accurate, but too much Tamiya Extra thin cement caused the mudguard centre bracing to distort and show through the chrome, so I had to strip it and attempt a repair, the shape of the guard is also slightly out of whack, but it's not a deal breaker. Overall, I think it came out nice, but I doubt I would build another, I prefer larger scale kits these days. Finally, if you want to see the work in progress of this build, click the link below.
  6. Hi all, here are the final pictures for the H1. It is not a shake and bake kit and far from perfect but it will be sitting on the shelf next to its bigger brother the H2 750. Thanks for looking in on this 70's "snap crackle and pop" classic bike.
  7. Hi all, this Hasegawa kit was given to me to build a few months back, the owner of the kit is restoring a full size bike and wants me to build this "mini me" version. I have built Hasegawa's Suzuki GT380 Sebring a while back, and it was a real pleasure to put together, so this Kawa triple should be just as good.
  8. SOVA-M is to release as limited editions 1/72nd Kawasaki KDA-2 type 88 kits: - ref. 72-021 - Kawasaki KDA-2 type 88-1 Scout - https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10786740 - ref. 72-022 - Kawasaki KDA-2 type 88-2 Scout - https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10786741 - ref. 72-023 - Kawasaki KDA-2 type 88 Light Bomber - https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10786742 Source: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCorp.jp/photos/pcb.2786091075035163/2786090991701838/ V.P.
  9. Hi all, here we go again, this is another old kit I picked up last year. It should be a very accurate and hopefully an enjoyable build, Heller makes some great bike kits. I am going to paint it in the factory pearl candy orange and airbrush the tank stripes on, as the decals are not in the correct colours. So, let's get started!
  10. Aoshima is working on a 1/144th Kawasaki C-2 kit - ref. AIRCRAFT No.3 Source: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/638007/ Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5896512964 V.P.
  11. Barn Find This big old highly sort after 1979 KZ1000 Z1R has recently been imported from North America, we cannot confirm the mileage. As you can see the bike appears to be largely complete, missing the side panel badges. But now for the good news, the wheels are straight, switches look ok, fuel tank is clean inside, the 4 into 1 exhaust is solid but rusty, we have had it firing/running on easy start spray but the fuel system and carbs will need attention, so get bidding this one could be yours! Hi all, sorry for not posting any build updates but this kit was a mojo zapper! I gave up trying to polish this turd of a kit, lots of fit issues and handle bars that did not accommodate the fitting of the fairing suggested that this was an early model kit that had been modified with a few new parts to turn it into a Z1R. So, I had to scratch build lots of extra parts and the final straw was the decals would either not release from the backing sheet or if they did, they would break up. I wrecked the DOHC engine cover decals as well as the side panel and tank badges. I had a spare set of tank decals from another kit that I was able to use. Fortunately, the pinstripe decals were ok apart from being very fragile. I just cut out the cockpit dials and stuck them into the clock bezels, sealing them in with some UV clear resin. After the distress this kit caused me, I decided to "distress" the final bike and turn it into a barn find. I think the 1/12 Aoshima Z1R kit would be a much better building experience.
  12. Hi all, I have pulled another old 1/8 70's bike kit from the stash, it was produced around the same time as the Honda CBX. Basically, a refresh of an old model line, new bodywork and a cafe racer look. It was not liked by everyone; some found the lines too angular, after the old rounded look of the original Z1's. I liked the look of the black engine and ice blue silver paint job. I've also added a photo of some paintwork, when I worked on the real bike a few years ago. Zero Paints have the correct colour for this bike, so it should be another fun build.
  13. So, something new for me. After numerous planes, armor, cars and a ship I was wondering what to do next. After a quick look around the internet this caught my eye...........never tried a bike before so I figure now was the time to try. Ordered yesterday from Jadlam, came this morning via the postie (though I did pay for 24hr delivery as had nothing else to do and was getting withdrawal symptoms!). Let battle commence.
  14. Kawasaki Ki-100. This is the only surviving Ki-100, now displayed at Cosford. Pics mine.
  15. Hi all After the Mig 25, I choosed to exist of my stach a different subject. This time, I decided to go to Japan and build the beautifull Ki-61 Hien Tamiya kit. Like all Tamlya kit, it is very well engenired. The try fit show me that it is possible to not glu the wing before the paint. I decided to assemble and paint the fuselage and the wing seperatly and assemble them after the paint. My build start with the cockpit. It is very well detailled and it not need some adds I use the H66 GUnze paint and add a little weathering. I choosed to paint the insignia marks I use the help of a silhouet printer to make the mask I painted the tail in red using the Tamiya paint For the rest of the fuselage, I used the Vallejo aluminium paint. THis paint have the great advantage of being dilluted with water. Now I can start the challenge of the kit : the green spots. I use the C310 Gunze paint but after I spray it, I think this paint is to lighter. But this paint used by Hasegawa for his kit
  16. A quick build on this one, it’s only taken about a month 1:12 scale. Paints mostly Tamiya, a bit of Revell & the metallic black is by Vallejo. Built straight OOB, like most Tamiya kits it’s pretty straight forward, kind of builds itself really
  17. One Man Model has Kawasaki C-2/EC-2 kits in project. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1199554816907514&id=100005590215920 V.P.
  18. Hobby Boss is to release in 2018-2019 a 1/72nd Kawasaki T-4 kit - ref. 87266 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/ms.c.eJxFkdGRRTEIQjvaUVGj~;Te2czHmfTJROJhWQVhLnOo~_8tefdtVWg5Zdbfm9F3w0kOaR0Xr1Eeo4d16KWnu0VY~;~;zjfol3cewjzrmwcbHpfV~;vmlYPMP5yN3nzxp6w8M3~;I6~_Vt9~_3Bf8~_5bkz~_xPDH5uvk6~;rr~_ciZv74Wk3~_vv8b37735GHom9j7P~;4y~;6xet7gv20lof3anl8xXdcPyTvW~_8~;qumHWp7J0~;wHK7NkWQ~-~-.bps.a.910352652456662.1073742118.103526326472636/910352895789971/?type=3&theater V.P.
  19. After the Ki-61 I Hei - short nose variant - (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234982068-172-kawasaki-ki-61-1-hei-new-variant-by-rs-models-released) RS Models is to release a 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-61 I Ko - kit - ref.92200 Source: http://rsmodels.cz/cs/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92200/ki-61i-ko V.P.
  20. After the Ki-61 II Kai (Hien) - ref.48002 http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234954466-148-kawasaki-ki-61-ii-kai-hien-by-rs-models-released/ - RS Models is to release a 1/48th Kawasaki Ki-61 II prototype kit - ref.48003 Source: https://www.rsmodels.cz/p/169/48003-ki-61-ii V.P.
  21. Hi all, this is the final reveal of the 1972 Kawasaki 750 H2. This was the most powerful and unpredictable bike to own in that era and carved out a reputation for itself as a bit of a Hooligan. To emphasize the character of the bike I decided to ditch the centre stand, as any hard rider would find it a limitation in the ground clearance. Also I have scraped the chrome on the underside of the exhausts, which was a common occurrence when leaning this bike over into bends. As a final detail I wanted to show the oil tank gauge indicator which was basically a clear tube that exited and entered the oil tank and was visible through the slot at the rear of the right hand side panel to make the clear tube look in scale. I used a piece of fibre optic strand and looped it round and fixed it into the side panel and then with a little dab of red paint, gave the impression of oil in the tube. A small detail but accurate nonetheless. In the hands of an experienced rider, the Mach 750 H2 was the fastest production bike in the world, but with someone less skilled on board, it was an accident waiting to happen. It earned its nickname 'the widow maker' all too often. You can also see the work in progress of my build here. Finally the last picture is for all the doubters who think this is a real bike. I thought the plastic spoon would give a sense of scale to the non believers LOL!
  22. Hi all, happy to say I have pretty much bashed this bike into a Z900A4, Heller made a great job of the details of the Z1000 kit, just some of the engineering let it down. For example, the rear grab rail was perfect but it was split into two halves and the join seam was in the centre over the tail unit that would've been tricky to hide with a chrome finish. The 750 kit had a fully moulded rail, but where it bolted to the side of the bike, it was missing the indicator mounts, so I cut off the one piece rail and I glued it to the Heller kit side rails, this worked out pretty good in the end. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos, which include a blue 1975 Z1B which I have painted and my friend fully restored, this was taken yesterday in his back garden. "Let the good times roll" as the Kawasaki slogan went. Finally, you can see the work in progress of my build in the link below.
  23. Hi guys, well yet again here is another 70's Kawasaki. Going to paint it in Candy Gold Metal Flake, should be very psychedelic. I have made a start this morning. Also the kit came with this cool poster of a different bike called the Kawasaki H1 500, check out those groovy boots!
  24. Hi all, here is the start of another 70's classic superbike build. The Kawasaki Z900A4 or KZ900 in the US. This is going to be a kitbash of sorts as this kit is not available. I bought two kits which I will take parts from to build the Z900A4. Don't fret! I have a plan for a workshop diorama in the future, for the leftover parts. As you can see I have made a start on the bodywork, the paint colour is diamond dark green. I used the Z1000 decals for the side panels and cut them and painted in the number 9. There was some subtle differences between the Z1000 and the Z750 which eventually became the Z1. The fuel tank and the bodywork is correct on the Z1000 for my Z900 conversion, as is the fuel cap, carbs, airbox, rear light, front forks, headlamp, seat, mudguard and clocks. The 750 kit will require the exhaust system and a few other parts, which includes the triangular rear subframe for the exhaust mountings, these will have to be cut from the 750 kit and grafted onto the Heller frame. I am using mostly the Heller chassis parts, so that I know that the bodywork will all fit correctly. Finally I have some pics of a real bike which I recently restored. Wish me luck and will update you again sometime next week.
  25. Happy New Year all! Last year I completed the illustrations for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces #114 on Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces, written by Nicholas Millman of http://www.aviationofjapan.com. Since the book has meanwhile been published, I'd like to show you a few samples. Research by Nick and myself. All images © Osprey Publishing. Ki-61-I Otsu of the 78th Sentai: Ki-61-I Tei of the 244th Sentai Detail of the score board: This graphic gives you an idea of the amount of research that goes into each profile: Ki-61-I Hei of the 56th Sentai: Colourful Ki-100-I Otsu of Akeno's 111th Sentai: Ki-100-I Otsu of the 5th Sentai: A close-up of the tail unit and "Nine-headed Dragon" inscription: A Ki-100-I Ko of the 59th Sentai with P-51 victory marking under the cockpit and 3rd Chutai markings on both vertical and horizontal tail planes: Sample line drawing of a Ki-100-I Otsu: For those who are on Facebook, I have an artwork page at https://www.facebook.com/AviationArt.Aero and a group dedicated to the Ki-61/100 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ki61Tony/ Many thanks for looking! Ronnie Olsthoorn
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