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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Skyraider3D

    Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces

    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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Navy Bird

    1:72 Ki-61 kits - what's the scoop?

    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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. georgeusa

    Ki-61 Hien; Done!

    This is another kit that is being sacrificed so I can learn to airbrush. I started it as I am waiting for my latest airbrush disaster (Neptune Build) to finish drying so I can attempt to fix/repair the damage I have done through means I am not sure of. So, another fatted calf off to my painting slaughter house. It is the 1/32 Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Otsu (Tony) Shinten Seikutai. Whew, try and say that quickly. I chose this kit as it should be an easy build and it will be an experiment with Japanese camo schemes before I attack my ZM Raiden that is patiently waiting to be painted. If I can get the scheme I am doing down right, I will tackle the Raiden next. If you check some of my more recent WIPs you will find I consider airbrushing a dark art that is always trying to defeat me (and it succeeds most of the time) This will be an OOB as the main point is to get to the airbrush camo stage. So here goes. . . I gave the cockpit parts a base coat of interior paint. While that dried, I painted the various interior detail parts while still on the sprue. When the base coat had dried, I glued the main instrument panel to the front bulkhead and applied the decal for the instruments. This photo reflects the decal is resisting conforming to the panel surface and I am coaxing into compliance. Resistance is futile. Next up, I install all the little pieces where they should go in the main cockpit parts to get ready to do the detail painting and weathering. I have also coaxed all the decals for instruments to conform to their respective surfaces. (Not a great talent I have, just Micro Set and Sol make me look like I know what I am doing.) I am going to let this dry overnight before I get down to detailing and weathering. As always, all comments welcome.
  19. Kawasaki Ki-61 Type I-TEI, #5262, Chofu, April 1945, Pilot: 244th Senai commander Capt. Teruhiko Kobayashi (reserve a/c) Kit: Hasegawa (in the meantime clearly superseded by Fine Molds and RS Models) Photo-etched parts: Eduard Wheels with rubber tires: Equipage Decals: Life Like Decals “244th Sentai Pt.2” Built in 1997 and finished initially as that dubious "Shamrock Tony" much discussed around 2000. Partially repainted and completely re-decalled in 2004. Although the level of painting and weathering leaves something to be desired being obviously below that of my more recent models presented here and the exact colours might remain somewhat controversial, lot of corrections and extra detail (wheel wells,ventral radiator, drop tanks - just to mention a few...) were done and so I dare to present it to your attention...
  20. Julien

    Ki-61 Hien "Tony" - 1:72 Revell

    Ki-61 Hien "Tony" 1:72 Revell The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hein or "Tony" was used by the Imperial Japanese Army air Force in WWII. This was the only mass produced Japanese fighter to use an inline liquid cooled engine. Production aircraft would use a Kawasaki licensed DB 601 engine. The Ki-61 was a more lightly armed fighter for general duties rather than its more heavily armed cousin the Ki-60. The ki-61 looked so different from normal Japanese designs that American pilots first reported combat against Japanese Bf 109's and Italian designed fighters. One of the main problems was that the DB 601 engine required a degree of manufacturing sophistication not normally seen with other Japanese engines and reliability suffered from this. Initial encounters with Allied aircraft caught pilots off guard though as they were not able to dive escape like they had with the lighter Japanese fighters. In addition unlike other Japanese fighters the Ki-61 had self sealing fuel tanks and was not a "flammable" as the other fighters. However increasing Allied numbers coupled with larger attacks on the Japanese forces negated many of the advantages. Due to desperation in the latter part of the war Ki-61's were stripped of armament and used in ramming attacks on American B-29's. Only three know airframes are now know to exist. The Kit The kit is a re-release by Revell from the original Revell USA moulds as evidenced by "Revell Inc Venice CAL" moulded onto the underside of the topleft wing.. The original was released way back in 1963 so is older than the reviewer! On the whole the moulding of the kit is actually quite good considering the time frame. Surface detail consists of fine raised panel line and rivets, with some recessed detail on the wings tail. There are a couple of sink marks on the lower wing where the pins are to slot into the holes on the top wing. Also a couple on the upper wing where the landing gear attachment points are. The modeller will not be able to do much with these which will not remove the surface detail. There is a little flash on some of the parts but its not too bad. Construction starts by placing the pilot on his seat like part. This,the tail wheel and propeller boss are added to the fuselage and it is sealed up. Next the Exhausts, intake and tail planes are added. The wings are a conventional single part lower and double upper. These are constructed and added to the fuselage. The radiator is then added to the underside. The wing assembly is added then to the fuselage. Landing gear is added along with the gear doors for the main and tail wheels. In all a simple build. Decals The decals look good for this, they are matt and have very little carrier film. They say "Made In Italy" so can we assume Cartograf? One decal option is provided with the kit. cn 3295 Commander T Kobayashi, 244th Sentai, Japan 1945. Conclusion The kit is from a bygone era, when toolings were simple, the detail sparse, and the target market were boys with their pocket money that would build, paint and play with the kit the same day. Its re-release into a market that has moved on appreciably in the last 50 years could be better understood if it were the only moulding of the Ki-61 in this scale, but as it isn't, reboxing it with new decals does little to endear it to the discerning modeller, if they aren't approaching the purchase with their eyes opened as to its failings. Neither is it a suitable kit for a novice, so It would seem that it is most likely to find favour as a trip down memory lane to relive the glory days of your youth. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
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