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This aircraft was reportedly seen in a derelict condition at Phenian (Pyongyang) airfield by Soviet ground crew around 1950. The story is certainly not beyond possibility as there were many Japanese aircraft left in Korea at wars end, with photographic evidence some being pressed into service with the North and South. I based the colour scheme on the North Korean Tachikawa Ki-54 that was captured probably at Pyongyang.


The kit itself is showing it's age, although it's not that bad. I only had trouble with the fit of the windscreen which too some mucking about. The mix of raised and engraved surface detail is accurate and quite nice. Humbrol Matt 27 steel and Tamiya Khaki drab are the main colours, sealed with some future with an oil filter of white and yellow applied. I added to that with different coloured pastels, MiG pigment and a black chalk wash for the under surface. I yellowed out the canopy with a make up brush and Tamiya weathering pigments. Decals came from some MiG 15 decal sheets.


The base is the case of an old clock, glued together and painted with a cheapie rattle can of black. The dirt is grout left over from bathroom repairs, spread around over the base then flooded with water from an eyedropper and left to harden. I added some MiniNature grass tufts and couple things from the spare box to fill a hole.


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An unexpected user of the Hayabusa.....wow...that really caught me off guard! Never expected the North Koreans to use Japanese leftovers but I guess the airforce had to start from somewhere! Thanks for sharing, I have learnt something new today!

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I'd never heard of North Korean Oscars either! Lovely build, I especially love the yellowed out canopy. Tiny niggle: the tyres look pretty pumped up for such a derelict old heap!

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Hi Brad,

That, is a lovely model.

I am intrigued as to how you achieved the degradation of the canopy.

Regards

Darren

To get the yellowed canopy, I used Tamiya weathering pigment 'sand' and brushed directly onto the canopy with a soft women's make up brush.

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First, I want to congratulate you on this depiction of a plane that was observed by more than one person at a North Korean airfield. The choice of colors is spot-on. It appears that of the six Japanese aircraft photographed in Korea during the war years (Ki-9 )(2x) Ki-86, Ki-54 (2X); Ki-55) at least two were painted overall green with red tails. The others were overall light gray. The build is great and the paint work is faded perfectly; I especially like the faded insignia. The diorama is simple but effective. Thank you for sharing this.

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