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  1. I started this for the 'Revell-Monogram Classic GB', and as a spur to speedy work am entering it here as well.... This is the intended subject.... Profile and photo both from the old Aircam on the type, from Boxart Den. Obviously the glare panel isn't blue, but otherwise the thing seems reasonable enough, the ornate 'cherry blossom' unit badge did not make it to New Guinea. Mottle will be applied over aluminum foil. I don't mean to do much detailing on this, and haven't the heart to match the old thing against any drawings. It meets 'looks like one at a glance to me' standard, and I am more interested in the ;field camouflage' finish. However, the landing gear gape needed tending.... Opening was outlined in styrene rod, most 1.0mm square, some 1.0mm x 0.5mm strip, then capped with a bit of 10 thou card. Here it is from the outside, still with just one closed off. Both are now closed off, and wings assembled. This is just to illustrate the good fit of major elements. The fuselage is press-fit, and so is the canopy. I found it like that when I took down the box, and was surprised to find it wasn't glued. Assembled wings are press-fit only, and it doesn't look like filler will be needed. I mean to put in a pilot figure. Surface will have to be smoothed and scribed for the foil.
  2. I was gifted the dual set long ago, and took another look lately at the second half.... This is the intended subject.... Profile and photo both from the old Aircam on the type, from Boxart Den. Obviously the glare panel isn't blue, but otherwise the thing seems reasonable enough, the ornate 'cherry blossom' unit badge did not make it to New Guinea. Mottle will be applied over aluminum foil. I don't mean to do much detailing on this, and haven't the heart to match the old thing against any drawings. It meets 'looks like one at a glance to me' standard, and I am more interested in the ;field camouflage' finish. However, the landing gear gape needed tending.... Opening was outlined in styrene rod, most 1.0mm square, some 1.0mm x 0.5mm strip, then capped with a bit of 10 thou card. Here it is from the outside, still with just one closed off. Both are now closed off, and wings assembled. This is just to illustrate the good fit of major elements. The fuselage is press-fit, and so is the canopy. I found it like that when I took down the box, and was surprised to find it wasn't glued. Assembled wings are press-fit only, and it doesn't look like filler will be needed. I mean to put in a pilot figure. Surface will have to be smoothed and scribed for the foil.
  3. Hi there, Please let me show you my current occupation. With a sudden interest in building something with an all metal finish, I investigated the shelf of doom and it didn't took long to find this: - A Ki-61 that was barely started. In fact, I did nothing else that cutting a few parts off the sprues before putting the box back on the shelfes - I added a Ki-44, brand new this one, for good measure, telling myself that I could probably save time building them together as they must have a few colours in common. How wrong I was... - Latter, I added a Ki-27 found down in the stash in a plastic bag. Didn't had the heart to put it back there.
  4. Tamiya is to release a new tool 1/48th Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien/"Tony" kit - ref. 61115 Release expected in Japan on December 24th, 2016 - price ¥ 3,240 After the 1/48th Tomcat, the Hien; has Tamiya decided updating the Hasegawa catalogue? Sources: http://www.tamiya.com/japan/cms/newstopics/4492-hien.html http://hlj.com/product/TAM61115 V.P.
  5. I haven't posted anything for a while but i think it's time to show you my latest project ( one of my latest ) . I decided to paint it without using a specific and historically accurate pattern and this was very fun . I used gunze acrylics for the metallics and for the dark green as well . Decals were sprayed as well , followed by some wash and chipping . I will continue with the weathering with extra wash and chipping . Hope you like it so far ! IMG_20210411_190935 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_190947 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_190953 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_190957 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_191003 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_191021 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_191033 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_191105 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20210411_191144 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr
  6. Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) | 1/72 | Hasegawa 19th Air Group, Luzon, Philippines, 1945 This was one of the oldest kits in my stash. In my first or second year of college, my parents gave me almost all of the 1/72 Hasegawa Japenese fighter kits for Christmas. I built all but this and the Tojo. About a month ago, I decided I wanted to get started on it soon and posted a question here because the color callouts confused me. Luckily I did, because that's how I found out that the infamous "Shamrock" on the Hasegawa kit is open to considerable debate and likely didn't exist. I really wanted to do a camouflage version of the Tony and luckily, the Tamiya Ki-61-Id kit in my stash had a set of decals for one. My current A-36 build was getting bogged down with research that was sapping the mojo ,so I pulled this out to do something while I was researching and planning how to proceed. It was a fast build, being a simple kit, but it too was overcome by events and wasn't worked on for a few days. The Tamiya kit called out their "NATO green" as the top color and color swatches I found on line ranged from an almost gray to a nearly lime green. That was frustrating. The research I did, though, showed that late in the war Tonys were painted a green that weathered to a close match to the US olive drab, which is what I used. As with my other OD builds recently I "pre-toned" the paint using mottle stencils to put random patches of Mr. Color C319 (Lt. Green), C141 (Propeller Brown), C121 (RLM Brown Violet). I also used patches of C21 Middlestone pre-shading to create sun fading effects. I like this technique because it creates very subtle shifts in the tone of the olive drab that looks realistically worn and weathered. I also penciled in the panel lines, but the technique works much better if there are no panel lines and you create them with the pencil. With scribed panel lines, you are stuck with the width of the line as it was molded. The Hasegawa panel lines are very inconsistent, deep in some places and almost non-existent especially toward the edges. This was the first time I've used Tamiya decals. They are thick like Hasegawa decals, which doesn't bother me. They acted like they weren't going to conform to the details no matter what solvent I used, but they worked out just fine after I let them sit overnight. Also, the Tamiya decals had an extra set of everything, including stencils, because the Green and bare metal versions had different colors for stencils and the Hinamaru on the sides is integrated into the stripe for the metal version. Unfortunately, there were no spare hinamaru for the top and bottoms of the wings (and the Hasegawa decals were too bright), so I painted the hinamaru on. This is the first time I've attempted that and I think they look great. I just about matched the color of the hinamaru decals on the sides too! In retrospect, I think I should've put more wear and weathering on it. Reference photos I had were not detailed enough to show how much wear and weathering Tonys had, but late in the war there was probably more than I show here. Finishing: Scratch built cockpit, seams filled with CA. Paint: Mr Color C12 Olive Drab top / Alclad White aluminum with some Panels Alclad Aluminum on bottom. Decals: Tamiya Ki-61-Id decals The Tamiya decals worked fine, except for one that gripped and couldn't be moved at all, no matter what. So, the outlines of the ammo access doors on the starboard wing are crooked . Also, since the decals were for another kit, I found that the outlines for the ammo access doors didn't quite line up with the molded lines in the model. I've said in the past that I am a fan of Alclad, however, I think I am a fan of only their colored metals (Steel, burnt metal, etc.) and their "super shiny" metals (chrome, polished aluminum, etc.). I used white aluminum and aluminum on the bottom, and while the white aluminum came out very nice, the aluminum was quite a mess. It came out glossy, which is a different look than the sheen from metal. Spraying some Testors metallizer sealer on the aluminum made it look better, though. As with other Hasegawa models of this vintage, the cockpit was a chair, and I.P. and a floor. Not even a stick! I spent an evening scratch-building an interior using the Tamiya kit as a template. I can even see it through the canopy! The Gunsight was a spare from a Spitfire kit and the seatbelts are tape. Hope you like it! Questions, comments and constructive criticism always welcome.
  7. I'm looking at doing the early '90's Hasagawa boxing of the Ki-61 Hein and plan to do Chuichi Ichikawa's (244-Sentai HQ) solid green aircraft with the 3 leaf clover on it. I've gotten confused about the lower color. The instructions call out C62/H56 (IJA Gray) for the bottom. I have H56 and it is a light green, which seems more appropriate top color (in fact I'm using it on a MiG-23 right now). Compounding the confusion, swatches I've found on line for C62 are either the same light green or a light gray! I haven't found any photos of this aircraft. I see it depicted in models as a light gray bottom, not a light green bottom. Many instructions for other kits of solid green Tonys that I've found on line show bare metal bottoms. I realize it's entirely possible that the details are lost to history, but I thought I'd post this in the off chance that someone might have some information. Does anyone know what Ichikawa's plane underside color was? Was light green (green gray?) ever used as an underside color? Thanks!
  8. Hi folks, I show this beautiful kit I finisehd a few minutes ago. I hope you like it. Regards, Pablo
  9. 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
  10. I came into possession of two kits of the new-tool Tamiya Ki-61 due to a curious set of circumstances occurring as a result of the generosity of both my friend @Cookenbacher and a drunken version of past me who pre-ordered one from HobbyLink Japan one Saturday night then erased the memory of the deed until the kit arrived. Thanks to you both It's the 2018 release and I think the first time Tamiya have kitted this particular type in the proper scale, it will also be the first time I have built a Ki-61 so I hope we will be good company. I have no reason to expect otherwise as Tamiya do have a reputation for good engineering and fit of parts and the reviews I have seen suggest that this kit upholds that tradition. The box(es): ... and the sprues: As you can see the parts count is comparatively light. The surface detail is very nice indeed: A smaller secondary sprue implies possible further releases of other variants: The clear parts are very clear and don't show much distortion: Transfers in their own sealed bag, and instructions: I shall be building options A (a natural metal aircraft with a red tail and stripes) and C (finished in #7 Ohryoku nana go shoku, the Japanese version of Olive Drab, on the topsides and natural metal underneath): Option B is of a natural metal aircraft with green blotching over the topsides, it's a very attractive scheme but I feel I lack the masochistic tendencies that might be sated by giving myself a paint-job like that to do. Tamiya do provide the option to separately buy a set of transfers to replicate this scheme but while I wouldn't criticise someone else for going that route, I don't fancy it myself. There shouldn't be much need for aftermarket stuff as far as I can tell, I don't really like seatbelt decals though (which the kit does provide) so I will instead use some of these: ... which does include Kawasaki-style seatbelts: I also got the Eduard canopy mask set because masking. For the natural metal I will most likely use the Vallejo Metal Colour paints unless I can borrow the samples of the test versions of the experimental Colourcoats metallic colours *cough* @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies *cough* For the interiors, Colourcoats ACJ04 Interior Buff Green and for the camouflaged aircraft ACJ09 - IJA #7 variant: So I think that's me about ready to go. Cheers, Stew
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Ki-61-Id Hien Exhaust Stacks & Wheels 1:72 Eduard- For Tamiya Kit Exhaust Stacks (672202) This is a resin drop in set for the kit parts. Eduard's well cast resin will be worth it in this area. Wheels (672201) This set provides both main wheels with circumferential tread, and the tail wheel. A set of wheel masks (not shown) are also included. Conclusion These sets will enhance an already impressive model. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  14. Ki-61-Id Upgrade sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Tamiya The new tool from Tamiya is welcome. Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update Set (73637) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new instrument panels that will be prominent within the cockpit are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; seat details; canopy internal structure; additional instruments; seat belts and extra details. The normal fret contains gear doors, radiator parts, and landing gear parts. Zoom! Set (SS637) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Masks (CX516) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  15. Here is a quick photo of my latest build in progress. The kit is Hasegawa's 1/72 Ki-61 combo set featuring 2 kits from the 244th Sentai. I am going for a natural metal finish using Alclad II lacquer. The canopy has been masked and sprayed with the interior color. I will probably hit the canopy again with a clear lacquer gloss coat to protect the undercoat as well as provide a glossy surface on which to spray the Alclad II. There was some seam clean up needed behind the cockpit and especially on the underside where the leading edge of the wings met the fuselage. I used Mr. Surfacer 500 for the seam work, and then sprayed the entire model with a well thinned coat of Mr. Surfacer 1500 to act as a primer for the Alclad II. Since the panel lines were rather shallow to begin with, the primer coat neatly made them disappear. To remedy that, I used a scribing tool to deepen the panel lines and make them a little more pronounced. After the scribing was complete, I started to sand and polish the primer coat with micromesh cloth to reduce surface imperfections. . But more importantly, it has been my experience that one needs to have a glass like sheen on the surface in order to yield maximum results from Alclad II. I know it is recommended that one use gloss black as a primer for Alclad II, however it has been my experience that having a glass like surface is the most important factor driving success with Alclad II. The micromesh cloth polishing started with 6000, then moved to 8000 and 12000 respectively. In the photo, the starboard wing has been completed. The rest of the model remains to be done. Every natural metal finish attempt with Alclad is a new experience and I learn something each time. Hopefully this attempt will yield good results. I am open to suggestions / friendly critique as always. Cheers!
  16. 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
  17. Ki-61-id Hien Update sets & masks - For Tamiya Kit 1:48 Eduard Exhaust Stacks (648316) This is a resin drop in set for the kit parts. Eduard's well cast resin will be worth it in this area. Update Set (49822) This is one brass fret.& one colour nickel one. Most of the colour pats are for the cockpit with the instrument panel and side panels being replaced. Many other cockpit parts are also replaced. There is a new flap for the radiator, and new interior baffles for it as well. There are new main gear doors and other parts for the wheel wells. Brake lines are supplied for the main gear legs and lastly new framing for the canopy is supplied. Flaps (48920) This large brass frets which provides flaps for the kit. The ribs are just bent into position on these, small rod is needed which is not supplied. Some work on kit parts is needed. Seatbelts (49823) This small fret provides seatbelts for the Ki-61 Wheels (648317) This set provides both main wheels with circumferential tread, and the tail wheel. A set of wheel masks are also included. Masks (EX548) These are on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, landing lights & wheels. Conclusion These sets will enhance an already impressive model. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  18. Ki-61-II Kai Fastback & Teardrop Masks 1:72 Eduard - For Aoshima kits Here Eduard bring us two sets of masks for both versions of the Aoshima kit. Fastback Teardrop Conclusion A badly painted canopy can ruin the look of a good model and these masks should help prevent this. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  19. Hi mates, How do the available Kawasaki Ki-61 kits compare in 1:72 scale? Hasegawa, DML, Fine Molds, RS (I think we can leave out the old Revell kit and others of that ilk). Short nose, long nose, fastback, etc. I'm not finding a lot of reviews on-line, but that just may be me today. Any and all advice is appreciated! Cheers, Bill
  20. 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.
  21. RS Models is to release a 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-61 I Hei - short nose variant - kit - ref.92180 Source: http://rsmodels.cz/cs/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92180/ki-61-i-hei V.P.
  22. After the Ki-61 I Tei (http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92145/ki-61-i-tei & http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92143/ki-61-i-tei), Hei (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234982068-172-kawasaki-ki-61-1-hei-new-variant-by-rs-models-released/) and Ki-61 II Kai (http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92104/ki-61-ii-kai-with-bubble-canopy), RS Models is to release a 1/72nd Kawasaki Ki-61 I Otsu kit - ref.92179 Source: http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92179/ki-61-i-otsu Box art V.P.
  23. Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien & K-100 Kagero Monographs No 58 The history of these aircraft has been told in the reviews of the kits that we’ve been lucky enough to have reviewed here on BM, The Ki-61 HERE and the Ki-100 HERE so it seems a little churlish to repeat them. What this does show however, is the fact that there are kits readily available of these aircraft. This book will certainly be of great help in the detailing and painting of these kits. Within the covers, one hundred and eight pages not only cover the full history of these aircraft but the text is accompanied by the superb period photographs, which, even thought they are all monochrome that accompanying notes explain where they were taken, the aircraft and unit and an educated guess at the colours of the camouflage. Of particular interest are the photographs of the construction methods, production line, and engine installation. There are also plenty of photographs of captured machines in various states of disrepair which could help produce some interesting dioramas. What is also interesting is the variation of colour schemes used, and there appear to be quite a few, oh, and the way the paint does indeed seem to flake off as can be seen on some beautifully built models here on BM. The final twenty seven pages contain some very well produced line drawings, profiles and colour plates that are full of additional information and detail. Included with the book are two pullout posters with the plans of all three variants in 1:32 scale. These are great and would look good framed, although you’ll lose the Ki-100-II variant as it’s printed on the back of the Ki-100-1. Conclusion The series of monographs from Kagero are just superb. Not only do you get the history of this very interesting type, right the way from prototype to final variant, but there is also information on the combat use, unit markings and camouflage. The plans, drawings and colour profiles are a real boon to the modeller in helping them get the most out their kits. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. I am bound and determined to get through my shelf of doom kits and clear off some builds. This is the third Ready for Inspection I posted today. This is the Hasegawa 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Otsu (Tony) Shinten Seikutai. The build thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963835-ki-61-hien;-done/. The kit was a delight to put together. There was just enough detail to make it look good, but nothing overboard that would never be seen. The only issue I had was self-induced when somehow, I lost one of the main landing gear struts. How I did this I don’t know, but SAC metal undercarriage came to the rescue. It looks exactly the same as the kit strut and fits in exactly the same manner. I did this kit to practice/learn to airbrush. (A black and terrible art that is fighting me every step of the way. Once I take a baby step forward, and I am then thrown down to the ground and pushed back a yard by the demons that control air brushing and scoff at my learning this evil, mystical voodoo.) Although for this kit, the paint went down well, even the silver under belly. I just barely weathered this plane to give it a not factory fresh, but not that far from it. I gave it some scraps and scratches, and a coat of dirt, but not the extreme weathering seen on some Japanese planes. That I will reserve for the ZM Raiden that is still being built. Here is the finished product. And here it is in its new resting place. As always, all comments welcome.
  25. Seen at the Spielwarenmesse Nürnberg 2014. RS Models is to release a 1/48th Kawasaki Ki.-61 II Otsu kit - ref.48002 Source IPMS Germany: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2014/Bilder_VH/165.html V.P.
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