Hasegawa 1/48 scale Nakijima Ki-43 II
I found a diagram of this aircraft years ago and always thought it to be an attractive scheme. I stashed it away in my reference box. A box of ideas for someday / maybe. Not too long ago I found myself with a 1/48 scale Hasegawa kit in my hands needing a home. Remembering my private stash of reference’s I knew I would soon have that old diagram displayed on my shelf.
This particular scheme represent a Ki-43 II used for the home defense of Japan in 1944-45.
This kit is simply a joy to build. The only thing that could be a little better would be the exhaust stacks. The kit gives you both styles used and both have the exhaust ports solid. I carefully dug out the end of each exhaust port. I then used a small round wooded stir stick, by rounding the end and stuffing a small piece of 2000 grit sand paper into the exhaust port and twisting the stick in a circular motion and “yes”, this took a long time. I managed to round out the hole to come up with a very attractive exhaust stack.
The model was painted with Alclad and Model Master metalizer.
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