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Bill Weckel
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Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

December 13, 2012 · in Aviation · · 6 · 3.2K

The nasty old Tamiya scale kit. A truly awful kit, built in the markings of a machine belonging to the 1st Sentai, 1st Chutai, which operated from Clark Airfield in the Philippines during late 1944.

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  1. Looks great, Bill. Nothing awful about that kit- that series set the standard for many decades before the grand tooling rennaissance (largely inspired by this series) of the mid-90s. The Hasegawa kit should respect it's elder. Nice work!

  2. Nice work on a kit that is better than you say. Erik is right about it setting the standard for a long time.

  3. I'm guessing that Bill was joking when he said "awful kit". Part of the same series that produced the Rufe, a couple different Zeros, the Raiden and Buffalo, those were some of the best of their time. You sure did a great job in any case, and I'm guessing you use the term "awful" with a degree of satire! Great weathering, by the way.

  4. It was somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek comment. But it is toy-like, with sparse details and very poor parts fit. It may have been the standard in it's day, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy it now, even at under $10. Nostalgia would be the only good reason to buy / build this thing. The Hasegawa kit is a joy to build and can be had for just a few dollars more. BTW, the Buffalo and Rufe are far better kits, and must have come along quite a bit later in the series.

    • I have to say that this is (I think) the first time I've ever heard ANY Tamiya kit described as "awful" and poor in fit. Be that as it may, it looks pretty darn good from here.

      p.s. does your camera stop functioning after one photo? 🙂 🙂

  5. The Tamiya Ki-84 kit is actually pretty good even for todays standard, you did a nice job on it as far as I can tell in your lonely image. Weathering and peeling paint is pretty close to what these Japanese fighters endured while in theatre. I built it many years ago and remember it being a fun build. No issue typical Tamiya. Nothing toy like in my opinon of the kit. Thanks for sharing, and as Craig stated wish you could provide more than one image. Like math let see your work.


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