ARII 1/48 Nakajima Ki 44 “Shoki” (Tojo)
The Ki 44 was a Japanese Army Air Force interceptor. The ARII kit, while old, was at one time, “state of the art”, and is still a no-problem, fun build. By today’s standards, there’s not much detail, but this kit comes from a time when wheel wells were just holes in the bottom of your Monogram wing. Throwing it together was fast, with few fir problems.
I’ve included the box art, as well as one of the two color plates that ARII used to include. The color plate was what inspired the colors I chose for my scheme. The “fun” part was trying to achieve it. Needless to say (but I will), the old decals weren’t usable. Fortunately I was able to have a set copied, and used most of those. I was happy with the way it turned out.
After ignoring WWII Japanese aircraft (as well as French and Soviet), my whole modeling life, I thought it a good way to add some color to my shelves. I’m enjoying the painting as much or more than the building. One these days, I’d take a shot at weathering, if I wasn’t so lazy. But, after all, it is a hobby, not supposed to be work.
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