Meng 1/72 Kayaba Katsuodori Ram-jets
It seems to be ‘1/72 Japanese week’ on iM, so here’s another contribution. These Meng kits come two-in-a-box, and are superbly moulded. The actual aircraft was a concept only and never got beyond one wooden glider prototype, so the decals provided for in-service aircraft are completely spurious.
With 2 kits, I decided to build one out of box, and add a bit of extra detail to the other. No provision is made in the kits for the actual ram-jet turbine – there’s an intake at the front, but it goes nowhere except into the cockpit (must have been a bit draughty in there). I made no attempt to add any intake trunking, though. Instead some detail was added to the cockpit, including a plunge-moulded seat and some PE harnesses.
There are very few parts in the kits so I was quickly on to paint stage. Pre-shading has its fans and detractors, and I guess I’m ambivalent, using it sometimes and not others. The orange aircraft was primed with pink and the pre-shading applied with brown, as I felt black would look too dirty under an orange coat.
Painting the ‘giraffe’ camo on the second fighter with a fine brush was surprisingly enjoyable, especially since no-one could call me out for inaccuracies 🙂 I used Vallejo acrylic for the green splotches, my favourite brand of acrylic for brush-painting.
Meng’s kits are tiny when finished. Undercarriages are supplied, as are optional handling-carts.
These were great little kits. Perfect fit, nice recessed panel line detail, clear canopies and only a few parts. Being strictly what-ifs, the scope for painting and weathering is unlimited.