Otaki 1/48 (Ki-61) “Hieney Racer”
I always thought the Ki-61 was one of Japan’s sleekest looking WWII fighters. German desigined and Daimler-Benz powered, it was built by Kawasaki, and named the “Hien”.
The cost of an Otaki kit was reasonable enough that I could afford to play with it. Minus the guns, add a little putty, a “modern day”, Monogram pilot (in a civilian jump-suit), a tricked out paint scheme, and some old decals…..not for the purista, but not bad, and a lot of fun.
The paint used was Testor’s Jade Green, Valspar Garden Green, and Krylon Sun Yellow Gloss, all rattle cans. Scallops were made from masking tape, using the old school method : quarter, nickel, penny, dime….. A little work, but I got the result I was after. Like it or not, you won’t see another like it !
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