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  1. Recreated the Zero type 52 piloted by Kageura from the movie The Eternal Zero. It's a movie about a fictional flight instructor Miyabe who committed a Kamikaze attack against the US Navy carrier during the battle of Okinawa. Kageura was the ace pilot who initially despised Miyabe's cowardness and challenged him in mock battles, but ultimately understood him. I find the idea of a former kamikaze pilot becoming a yakuza boss in the post-war era really cool, so I made the zero flown by him during the last desperate days of the pacific war. Aircraft paint from Nakajima in the late days of the pacific war was notoriously known for having very poor quality. Some of the naval pilots remembered that the paint on the zeros manufactured after late 1944 would simply peel off just by stepping onto it. Therefore I created this heavily-chipped finish for the zero, like the ones in the movie.
  2. Hi comrades! Here is my build of Wingsy Kits Sonia. It's my second try on this kit, the first one is somewhere in the forum. The Sonia is not the simplest kit to build, but some rules and some tips may be helpful. So - here is the kit, the marking option and some references in use I followed two simple rules during the build: 1) Remove the micro-flash ( I marked it on the photo - before and after cleaning). It's limited run kit, and this is result of technology limitations. This micro flash looks not important, but it widens the part exactly to not allow it to sit on place... 2. Dry fit everything! 3. I deepened the intended places for cockpit ribs (see the picture) to make the cockpit assembly slimmer 4. The best way to dry fit the fuselage assembly - to do it on the assembled wing... The result so far - main assembly completed, some additional assemblies - propeller, engine - painted and almost ready. Important: I highlighted the gap on forward fuselage - it intended to be here! Thanks for looking!
  3. Brengun Yokasuka MXY7 OHKA model 22 1/48 This is about as simple a 1/48 kit as you are likely to find, and could be done relatively easily in a weekend, but it took me ten days (I'm captain slows more cautious cousin). 🐌 I'm in a 'back to basics' mood at the moment, but the kit detail in the cockpit is a little too basic, so a little scratch was required to make it look less stark. There isn't much in the way of reference material for this model, so I won't post a photo in case someone is foolish enough to think I know what I'm doing and follows suit. Although a tiny photo etch sheet is included (if something the size of a small stamp can be called a sheet) there' isn't a seat belt, so mine is from Eduard. Other improvements are brass tube for the pitot and I cut the canopy to enable it to be posed open. It such a basic aircraft, the only other thing that could be added is an American aircraft carrier directly in front of it. It does make you stop and think what would it have been like to be strapped into what is really a missile? Bravery, brain washed, or peer-presure? I kept weathering to an absolute minimum, if one of these were to last long enough for it to get weathered, doubts would have been cast over the pilots suitability for the position. I tried @stevehnz 's 'Future/Pledge' method for applying decals, and it worked very well, so thanks Steve. I'll be playing around with this method on many more builds to come. I don't normally post WIP pics on RFI posts (although it annoys Ratch apparently, so I might have to start doing it more often ), but as I didn't do a WIP, I just want to point a couple of things out if you are intending to do this kit. From looking online, the wings should have quite a pronounced dihedral (from root to tip approx. 5mm) which isn't mentioned in the instructions and the parts aren't moulded to make it obvious. I cut some guides out of card so they would dry in the correct position as the wing-root fit is a bit loose. Be prepared to use plenty of putty. Also, I would advise you to fit the photo etch in front of the cockpit, AFTER the centre-line decal is applied. The red centre-line decals are hell to get completely straight (I failed). In hindsight I should have painted instead. Thanks for taking the time too look and comments are, as always welcome. Gorby
  4. This is my completed Pegaso bust of a Kamikaze pilot during World War II, he has been expertly sculpted in his final dive, The determined but frightened (?) expression on his face has been superbly captured. the clothing detail is very sharp, overall a very enjoyable couple of months spent getting him from a few pieces of grey resin to this final point. Face was painted with Andrea flesh set and the rest with various Tamiya, Mig, AK and vallejo colours, on with the photos;
  5. Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi 1:72 Special Hobby The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi (sabre) was a kamikaze aircraft designed for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force towards the end of the Second World War. In the absence of a large number of obsolete aircraft being available for suicide attacks, the Japanese command decided that a simple, cheap aircraft should be designed in case a last-ditch effort to halt an Allied invasion would be required. The resulting aircraft was designed to be easy to build (the fuselage has a circular cross-section rather than elliptical) and used mainly non-strategic materials such as wood and steel. The undercarriage was designed to be jettisoned after take off - a grim reminder of the one-way journey its pilots were expected to take. The aircraft was designed to be able to use any surplus or obsolete engine from stocks. In the end, the prototype was fitted with the Nakajima Ha-35 radial engine, and it is unknown if any other engine was ever fitted. By all accounts, the resulting aircraft was extremely challenging to fly by anyone other than experienced pilots, which was not ideal for a kamikaze aircraft. The design of a revised version, intended to address these shortcomings, was interrupted by the end of the War. It's good to see Special Hobby re-releasing some of their back catalogue. There are quite a few kits that I didn't think would see the light of day and it will be interesting to see what else they bring back over the next few years. Returning to the Tsurugi, the kit is as simple as the real aircraft. A single sprue of plastic is all you need, although there are a few resin parts, mainly for the bomb and engine, as well as a small fret of photo etched details. The cockpit is surprisingly well detailed, with a seat, instrument panel, control column, rudder pedals and throttle controls. Photo etched parts are used to provide fine detail to the rudder pedals and instrument panel, while there are also etched harnesses for the pilot's seat. Typically for a low-wing monoplane, the lower wing is moulded in a single span, with separate upper surfaces. None of the control surfaces are moulded separately and the horizontal stabilisers are solid parts too. In contrast, the engine is richly detailed. The cowling is split into two halves, while there are 12 tiny exhaust pipes as well as the resin engine itself. The undercarriage is as basic as you would expect, and of course there are no landing gear bays. The propellor has been moulded as one part, with a separate spinner. There are a couple of air intakes to fit to the forward fuselage, as well as some basic slats, which affix to the trailing edge of the wing via tiny photo etched hinges. This will probably be the only tricky part of what looks to be a very straightforward build. The canopy is moulded in two parts and is thin and clear. The decal sheet provides for three options: ⦁ Ki-115, September 1945. This option depicts the first scheme worn by the Tsurugi. It comprises a black anti-glare panels and Hinomaru; ⦁ Ki-115, September 1945. This is the option shown on the box artwork It comprises the same black anti-glare panels and Hinomaru, but the latter are painted on a small area of IJA Green camouflage and have white outlines; ⦁ Ki-115, September 1945. This is the final scheme worn by the prototype, with overall IJA Green camouflage and grey-green under surfaces. Conclusion From time-to-time I review a kit that really appeals to me, regardless of the subject. This is a really nice little model. Despite its simplicity it is well detailed and nicely executed. I can't see how it would take longer than a week to build, and it will take up hardly any space on your model shelf. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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