When looking back, it’s five years ago when I started to build this Ki-61ii model. Now someone calls this project a “Never-ending-building”. I’m not sure, but… it might not necessarily be so ? Started the work for the landing light. The hole for it looks “Bean”-shaped. A bit hard to see, but you can see the bulb and the shade. The shade was made with heat-press, and the bulb was scratched out of a clear plastic rod. The bulb and the shade of Ki-61ii #17 at Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum. The rear view of the light. You can confirm how the hole shape looks and …
Since I fortunately happened to get some awesome connections with world experts in Ki61 and Japan Aeronautic Association in this one year, I could access precious information about Ki61 ii kai #17 of Kakamigahara Aero-space Museum, and also I’ve even joined the research activity for #17 as well ! My build was going on the main wing work, so I’ve reflected the research result onto my build as possible I could. Aielron work Ki61 has some access panels on the main wing and you can see the aileron rod through the panels. This is the aileron rod for the center part of the fuselage. …
Gun bay outboard support ribs. Landing gear front panel. And landing gear mechanism panel. Painted in Yellow Green #7. Landing gear arms. Landing gear covers. Detail-up for landing gears…. You can see the cartridge bin access panel(the white one). Can open with hinge ! Aileron rods. Construction for aileron rod. You can see the rods through the holes ? Something like this… Decided to represent fuel tank attachment panels. Panels and hinges…so difficult… Installed. Can be opened !
Making some holes on the main wings. Vertical rudder with hinges. Can work ! Detail up for the rooms for landing gears. Made the tyre out of black plastic eraser. It’s moderaely soft, easy to process and has durability against deterioration ! Detail up for the gear shafts. Challenging again to represent retracting mechanism of landing gears ! Opening… And… Come on ! Arms to retract landing gears. Hydraulic actuators for landing gears. Can work. Flap cover. Full scrath-building for flaps. Can operate with hinge ! External side of flaps.
Work on around 20mm cannons. You can see the coils for cannon. The last memorial shots just before the closing the fuselage. Good by dear inner parts ! Closed the fuselage ! You can see the safety valve and its tubes. Two tubes go ahead from the breather. This is just my assumption since we don’t have any information about Ha140 engine, but I think it’s rather reasonable as the breather’s connectors facing forward different from Ha40 or DB601 ! Starting to weather.
Weathering the engine. Paint the radiator and the baffle plates. Inspection panel and foot step lever. Both can be opened. Coolant and oil tubes under the floor. Work for the radiator flap. Not known well, but radiator had struts against strong wind pressure. You can see the elevator control arm through the center of the fuselage. The radio inspection panel can be opened. Turbo intake. Bigger than Ki-61i. Cockpit works. Throttle and propeller pitch controls(the white one). Hydraulic accumulator fillers. Tail wheel. Weathering.
Started to paint the equipments of office. I use Falcon’s Clearvax canopy. A good stuff but has a bit different shape from the real one. (too straight silhouette in the ladder part) So I cut apart and adjust. Cover of the cannons. Make slits on cover. Masking the canopy. Painting in silver. You can see the air intake on the left side. You can see the meter panel cables. Office floor.
Ladder pedals. Paring the radios. Firewall. Coolant tank filler.(The smaller one) Remake the breather and change its position in order to avoid the interference with the strut frame. You can also see the gun-synchro units between the blasts. Hydraulic actuator for 20mm canon. Installed. Painting. Of course, in Yellow Green #7 for all. Starting to weather. Started the work for meter panel. What are these ? The backside of the meter panel !
Work for baffle plates. The kit’s one is straight but real one is warped. Very difficult build… The left is of the kit. Decided to represent ammunition cartridge bay. From “PacificWrecks.com “. Firewall panel. Ducts from 20mm canons. What the hell are these ??? Binded. Front hub for tubes.(Ki-61i) You can see the holes for coolant & oil tubes. Fuel tubes. Fuel cooler. ? Cartridge chute. Adhered.
Surfacing. Masking. Painting in Yellow-Green #7(Ki-Midori 7gou) on the frames. The inner panel remains in pale-blue, as an expression for bare metal just like the Ki-100 of RAF. Starting to weather. Painting the parts. The tubes for oil in yellow, and the ones for oxygen in blue. Fuel tank No.3 and water/methanol tank. You can see the radio thorough the access window. Access panel. Inertia handle can be attached like real one.