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Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Kagero TopDrawings The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate is, in my opinion one of the nicest looking Japanese fighters of WWII. Having built a number of kits, mainly 1:48 I hadn’t realised there were so many differences between the different variants. This, the latest book in their TopDrawing series, shows these differences in clear, well drawn diagrams, all in 1:48 scale, with additional details, such as weapons etc in 1:24 scale. There are 15 pages in total, with four pages in the centre of colour plates with side views of two aircraft per page. To the rear of the book there are two pages dedicated to showing the differences through shading and annotations, from the early Ki-84-013 to the last variant, the Ki-84 Tei. Also included with the book are a set of masks, for 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scale kits. There is also an A2 pull out sheet with side a d front views of the Ki-84 Ko and Hei on one side, plus top and bottom views on the other, all in 1:32 scale, plus another pullout sheet, this time in A3 showing top and bottom views of the Ki-84 Ko on one side and the Hei on the other, in 1:48 scale. Conclusion These are great little books for modellers, and while they aren’t exhaustive in their information, they do help show the differences throughout the production run. As with other books in the series, this one should be used along with other reference material to ensure the accuracy of your model. Review sample courtesy of
This is my most recent completion, Sword's Ki-84. I like the Frank a lot, it has clean lines and good looks, a true fighter aircraft. Some years ago I built Hasegawa's excellent but dated kit, and I've been looking for an opportunity to build another one. When I came across Sword's pre-production version (I believe the c variant), I had to have it. Sword's kit is a popular candidate for best short run kit in these great 'What is the best xx-scale kit?' topics. As such I was curious to see how well it built. I found it to be a typical modern short run kit - nice detail, good use of resin parts (engine and wheel bay) but also somewhat spurious fit in areas (gun cover, engine cowling, wing root). All in all it built rather well but due to general hamfistedness it did take me a bit longer to complete than it should have. I drilled through the top of the wing when widening the locating holes for the gear... not my finest hour. None of the kit's issues are difficult to resolve, the only slightly problematic area is the canopy; this seems to be a bit wider than the cockpit area it sits on, resulting in a small step. I filled this with Perfect Plastic Putty but it's still noticeable, especially when compared to Hasegawa's old but perfectly-fitting kit. Sword gives you a choice of two color schemes, an unpainted aluminium plane and a 'Medium brown' with green mottling. I visited Nick Millman's blog 'Aviation of Japan' to get a line on the shade of brown I needed, and using the color swatches I found I created my own using some RAF Dark Earth as a base, mixed with Tamiya Red Brown and Olive Drab. This was applied over a coating of Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium. The mottling was sprayed using Tamiya's IJA Green. I used some IJA Grey for the control surfaces, but I feel the shade is too green when I look at it now - if someone can verify what this shade should look like I'd love to hear it. Sword's decals worked well but the set has one curious omission. It appears that the lines around the front and rear of the wings are red on an unpainted surface and yellow on camouflaged surfaces. Sword provides sufficient red decals to do to the unpainted variant, but for the camouflaged variant the yellow lines around the front of the wing are missing. I stole these from a Hasegawa sheet I have, but this created another problem, a mismatch between the yellow shades of the lines. In the end I therefore used all Hasegawa decals. After decaling I saw that the yellow on the wing leading edge had a decidedly greener tint than the rather orangey yellow of the lines. Oh well. I was going to weather the plane quite severely, to try out some new techniques, then realized it was in use with a test squadron, and thought better of it - I suppose these guys must have taken some care of their mounts and/or wouldn't have used it for long. I picked some W&N water colors to apply a wash, a toothpick to scratch the paint around some of the panels in order to allow the bare metal to show through, and a combination of pastels and washes to create some staining. I used a couple of minor after-market items on this build; canopy mask by Eduard, tubing for the pitot and gun barrels from Albion Alloys, a lens for the landing light from Little Cars and EZ-line type thread from some eBay seller. In summary, a satisfying result from what is undoubtedly a very good kit of this important and beautiful aircraft. It joins its nemesis, the F6F, in my growing collection of 'Hellcats over the Pacific' - inspired builds.
Dear Britmodellers, Kagero Publishing is proud to announce five new books which will be ready for shipping after the 25th November 2013. We would also like to inform that we’re going to start a contest for all modellers who use decals included in our publications. The competition will start in January 2014. We’re going to give away dozens of prizes, so if you’re going to start building a kit soon, please consider using our decals. More details will soon be announced. We are also having a Christmas sale in our webshop http://shop.kagero.pl/lang/en currently. The discount prices can be viewed after logging in to one’s account in our shop. MONOGRAPHS SPECIAL EDITION No. 02 Messerschmitt Bf 109 E. The Blitzkrieg Fighter Marek J. Murawski, Jakub Plewka The latest addition to the ‘Monographs Special Edition’ series is devoted to the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E. This new book gives not only a thorough insight into the development, variants, technical features and camouflage of the ‘Emil’, but also an excellent overview of the aircraft’s service with the Luftwaffe. Packed with period photos, colour profiles and scale drawings, this title is a perfect guide for aviation modellers. A4 size, 188 pages, English text, 212 archive photos, colour profiles of 44 aircraft, 31 sheets of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings, 1 folded A2 sheet of 1/32 scale drawings. Available in our webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/messerschmitt-bf-109-e-the-blitzkrieg-fighter.html MONOGRAPHS No. 53 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Leszek A. Wieliczko The monograph on the WW2 Japanese fighter plane Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate discusses its origins and development (including subsequent modifications and variants: Ki-106, Ki-113, Ki-116, Ki-84R, Ki-84P and Ki-84N), camouflage and markings, and operational history since its combat debut over China in the summer of 1944 till the end of the WW2. Each version is specified and described. The author uncovers the fates of Ki-84s captured by the Americans and presents an evaluation of the aircraft. The book includes a comprehensive technical description, technical data, a glossary of some Japanese terms and names, and lists of the IJAAF units equipped with Ki-84s and the IJAAF ranks. A4 size, 92 pages, English text, colour profiles of 8 aircraft, 1 double A2 sheet of scale drawings. Available in our webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/53-nakajima-ki-84-hayate.html PHOTOSNIPER No. 8 Jagdpanther Łukasz Gładysiak, Adam Rejmak, Krzysztof Mucha Self-propelled tank destroyers constituted an essential component of the Third Reich’s armoured arm. Vehicles, which were especially useful in defensive warfare, in which the German army found itself after losing strategic initiative on the Eastern Front in the summer 1943 and following the Allied landing in Italy and France, with time began to effectively compete in armoured sub-units with classic tanks. One of the largest vehicles of that type was Sd.Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther, based on the chassis of the famous Panther tank.. 108 pages, English text, 17 b&w archive photos, 71 colour walkaround photos, colour profiles of 8 vehicles, 39 colour 3D renders. Available in our webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/08-jagdpanzer-v-jagdpantther-self-propelled-tank-destroyer-based-on-the-chassis-of-the-p-z-kfw-v.html SUPER DRAWINGS IN 3D No. 24 The Japanese Destroyer Kagero Waldemar Góralski The Japanese destroyers truly made their mark during the war in the Pacific. Fast, heavily armed and manned by well-trained crews, they took part in some of the most memorable surface and air-sea battles of the Pacific War, but also in hundreds of lesser known actions. Those workhorses of the Imperial Navy were employed in a wide variety of roles – from direct action against enemy fleet to escort duties and even pure transport tasks. Commander Hara Tameichi rightly observes that it was the destroyers that bore the brunt of the fighting at sea, and very few among them were as good as the Kagero class warships. A4 size, 68 pages, 134 colour 3D renders, 1 double A2 sheet of scale drawings, 1 double B2 sheet of scale drawings. Available in our webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/23-the-battlecruiser-hms-hood.html SUPER DRAWINGS IN 3D No. 25 The Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen Waldemar Góralski Following the defeat in the World War I, the Treaty of Versailles limited the tonnage of the German Navy to 144 thousand tons. Moreover, the treaty stipulated that new warships could only be built to replace the decommissioned ones. In 1921 a new law was enacted which brought about the creation of the Reichsmarine. The few warships that Germany was allowed to keep were modernized and new ones were being built to replace the obsolete ones. Construction of light cruisers was a priority and the first of those, built to replace the Niobe launched in the 19th century, was the Emden. In 1927, during the disarmament conference in Geneva, Germany demanded equal right as far as the expansion of the navy was concerned. Those demands were rejected, therefore, the Reichsmarine drew up the “expansion plan”. It stipulated construction of new warships within the coming years, including submarines, which were forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles… A4 size, 96 pages, 176 colour 3D renders, 16 3D anaglyphs, 1 double A1 sheet of scale drawings. Available in our webshop: http://shop.kagero.pl/en/the-heavy-cruiser-prinz-eugen-735.html All books will soon be available from our distributors Casemate Publishing and MMD Squadron, as well as from other retailers around the world. Our full offer may be browsed on our site http://books.kagero.pl (login: books, password: kagero).
This is one of my latest models. This is a kit I avoided during a long time because it looked too similar to the Tojo, George, etc. But finally, and as I am running out of different models to build, I ended up buying it. I got the old "super-rivetted" Revell version, which makes it look something american, with so many rivets. I decided for this bronze-brown camouflage, as it escapes from the usual japo green that bores me so much. The kanjis on the fuselage have been hand-painted. What I like from this model is the sensation of sturdyness it has, and the door to show the motor is very welcome too. You can see more pics here; http://toysoldierchest.blogspot.com/2013/06/nakajima-ki-84-1a-hayate-frank-revell.html