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  1. 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.
  2. Platz is to release a 1/144th Kawasaki C-1 kit - ref.? Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Kawasaki Ki-100. This is the only surviving Ki-100, now displayed at Cosford. Pics mine.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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: http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-48/48003/ki-61-ii-prototype-1-48 V.P.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. AZ model is to release (in 2016) 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-102 kits. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931186-azmodellegatoadmiral-wwii-aircraft-comments-questions-and-wishes/?p=2147039 V.P.
  23. source: http://www.hlj.com/product/DYS50075/Air 1/72 Kawasaki T-4 Blue Impulse by Doyusha Their Blue Impulse Sabre and other 1/72 kits are reboxed from Hobby Boss but this render looks like new tool. http://www.doyusha-model.com/ http://www.doyusha-model.com/hs_new_3.html
  24. I bought this kit last year however looking at the exhaust downpipes, the way they were attached to the sprue gate it was obvious that the chrome finish would be ruined. So I decided to wait until I could get hold of some Alclad chrome. I have never used Alclad before and so I had to experiment a few times to get a decent finish, also the petrol cap had been plated with a silver aluminium type finish instead of chrome, so I had to redo that with Alclad as well and also the rear grab rail. The wheels had chrome rims which were ok but also had the spokes chromed which was wrong for the look of the model as they should be zinc plated so I brushed painted Stynylrez black primer over the spokes followed with some Vallejo metallic semi matte aluminium to give the effect of zinc spokes. Also the box art showed a real bike not any images of the model, I knew the model would not look as realistic unless I super detailed it. I used a 2K clear lacquer over the paint work, the paint is actually mixed by myself from a match that I sprayed a few years ago on a Z1A which was very similar. The tail decal went on ok however the tank decal required cutting to conform to the shape of the tank. I was not happy with this so I did put the decals on but they wrinkled a little so I 2K clear coated them then flatted the tank and resprayed the colours on with my airbrush using Tamiya 2mm curved masking tape which was perfect for this job. I was just finishing the build when I had major problems fitting the headlight shell and the front mudguard, basically both seemed a little too wide for the forks. Then I found that the headlamp bottom bracket that clamps around the forks just started to brake as well as the fork tubes broke so I had a major rebuild to perform but I got there in the end. Also the center stand broke so I left it on the side stand. It's a great kit but the plastic is a bit brittle.
  25. AZmodel is to release a family of 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien "Tony" Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0116.pdf V.P.
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