1/48 Ki-61ii (Hien) with teardrop canopy – WIP #2

Detail-up-parts for the office.   Ha-140 engine. Extending work for the attachment-frames is needed.   The lower cover of engine room as well.     Started to paint.   Piping.     Exhaust pipes.   Ha-140. Enforced based on Ha-40 (licensed DB601), but has rather different appearance.   Started scratch-build work on the details.   The backside of the attachment frames. The white ones are coolant tanks.   Engine shaft.   Representing the back side of Ha-140.   Oil distillator.   We can see coolant distillators in front of the engine. Generator. Installed.   Drain pipe.   Installed.

1/48 Ki-61ii (Hien) with teardrop canopy – WIP #1

So many wonderful aircrafts in the world and so many wonderful aircraft models as well, but I still wanna build the one that I wanna see, and that I have never seen before. .. So it’s the time to go to the next one.Ki-61ii (Hien) -Kai with teardrop canopy, as mentioned before. As well known, Ki-61ii was planned and produced as the superior follower of Type1. But cause of the late providing of Ha-140 engine(improved DB601), the producing of Type2 had been stopped. So the Japan Army decided to cut off the nose of Type2s and to mount Air-cooling-engine on them for remaking them as Ki-100. Only 99 numbers of Type …

Ki-51(Nichimo 1/48) WIP #5

  For the expression as a “brand-new prototype”, I decided to dare not to make any weathering but to polish with tissue paper. Just only a few works remained.   Who are the guys ?   Jun.13th 1939 Fine, later cloudy Today, the first flight of Ki-51. The brakes doesn’t work again, take off them, fly without brakes. It seems to be rather good manuvability. Feel so fine to look it flies good. The launching ceremony of the prototype No.1 came out perfect. How big is the pleasure of the colleagues. Drunk with a glass of beer. The first flight was made by Mitsubishi’s pilot, Kingo Inoue. “Its manuvability is …

Ki-51(Nichimo 1/48) WIP #4

The green might look a little bit lighter? Off course the appearance of color tone often depends on the camera or light condition, but in fact it’s a bit lighter color. And it was the most important and difficult point for this build. It was a continuous process of trial and error. I often went into deep thought even when I was taking bath… We often use Tamaiya’s XF-14(light-grey-green) for IJA aircraft, but I felt the color was too yellow. I assumed that XF-14 might express the sun burst effect. On the other hand, I was building the Ki-51 as the prototype model. As to say, It was a “brand-new …

Ki-51(Nichimo 1/48) WIP #3

Going to the canopy… Ki-51 had two types of canopy, the early and the late one.   Because I was building this model as the prototype that my grandfather flied, it should hava the early type canopy off course. But the Nichimo’s kit was as a late type, and additionally, I wanted to make the canopy open, so I had to make some modification on that. The kit’s canopy was rather thick and had a bad transparency, so I bought faclon’s supreme canopy set.   But I had a big problem… According to my first guide book “Maru’s Mechanism of Military Aircfaft Toryu/Type 99 Assault/Tactical Reconnaissance”, the early type canopy …

Ki-51(Nichimo 1/48) WIP #2

Continuing work on the interior.   Not sure about the way that the radio equipped, I assumed that it was hung with wires from the roof, in order to protect the vacuum tubes in it against the shock.   The arch shaped pipe on the rear office is the indicator of flap’s angle. The left side.   Instrument panel for the rear seat I dared not to set the oxgen tank. Because, if I were my grandfather I would not to want to bring such a heavy object like oxgen tank for the first test fligt ! 😉 flap   Adjusting the vertical tail   All parts prepared and fuselage …

Ki-51(Nichimo 1/48) WIP #1

  These are the photos that my grandfather owned when he was alive. My grandfather Kingo Inoue(2nd from the right on the photo) was a test pilot of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and was the test pilot for the first flight of IJA Ki-51(Sonia). These photos above show the flying Ki-51 prototype and the smiling pilots with Mr.Kariya Masai from “Kugisyou”(Japan Aero Technology Laboratory) at the left-end, just after its first flight in 1939 at Gifu Airbase. As seeing the photos, I gradually had become to want to have the plane in my hand closely. Around in 2007, I bought and almost built the Nichimo’s kit of Ki-51. It’s an old …

Space Battleship YAMATO (BANDAI 1/350) WIP #2 & Gallery

Painting cannons.   Weathering The stand under the YAMATO is included in the kit, that have a speaker and battery inside. This model has LED lights on the bridge and engine, the cannons can work and sound with remote controller via the stand.     Completed !!     It can light, work and sound on various parts with the remote controller. “Hado-Hou”(The Wave Cannon)   Bridges   Cannons can slide.   Hangar. Hardly seen, but a space aircraft inside. Bandai’s amazing kit !!!     Third bridge That’s all !!! It was so fun to make this kit. Thank you very much for your looking at this article  !!! …

Space Battleship YAMATO (BANDAI 1/350) WIP #1

Please let me introduce “Space Battleship YAMATO”. I’m afraid that so much of you don’t know the ship, but Space Battleship Yamato is one of the most beatiful space ship, designed by Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese famous comic artist and animator. Off course, he was motivated by Battleship YAMATO.   Engine nozzle   Bridge   I felt that the nozzle cone was too long, so I cut it short and adjusted the shape. Treatment for parting lines. Especially the line below the gun emplacement should be pulled up so that the whole shape looks better. The banks beside the 3rd cannon should be heightened as well.            …