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Frank Cronin
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Nakajima KI-84 Frank

December 31, 2013 · in Aviation · · 13 · 3K

This is the Frank built strictly out of the box. I did nothing more than add seat belts. I built it for a gentleman and he wanted it as clean as possible. I did put a few exhaust stains on it but that is about it. I used the kit decals and have no further info on the Senti.
I have the Hasagawa kit in the stash and someday I may put it together. I like the Frank for obvious reasons.

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13 responses

  1. As you said , very clean but also very sharp looking Frank.
    A very well done again sir.

  2. Personally I like clean aircraft, both in state of condition & lack of stores.
    Nice job here Frank.

  3. I'm liking it more and more. Keep them coming, Frank !

  4. Simple NAME predjudice aside, if you liked that Otaki you will love the Hasegawas, either the 1/48 or 1/32 are shake 'n bakes, two of the nicest model kits made. Nice job on this one.

  5. Looks great for the lucky customer. Please keep posting. They are great to look at.

  6. This colour scheme makes for a very bright looking model, Frank, and in your hands it's been carried out very well.

  7. gorgeous...i love it and the tony in the brown

  8. Man, that thing looks great Frank! Superb work on a beautiful model aircraft.

  9. Another beauty, Frank. Colorful paint job, expertly applied!

  10. Frank, bless those old Otaki kits. I still have the Raiden I built many years ago, and still enjoy looking at it. The Hayate sure was a looker, and a great fighter aircraft. Thanks for showing, and for a beautiful job.

  11. Beautifully done late-war topside color. This is my favorite Ki-84 kit despite some questionable proportions to the fuselage and cowl lengths. The original kit riveting looks more like what the Nakajima surface looked like than Hasegawa's smooth surfaces, and this kit's wing tips look to me to match what I see in photos much better than the Hasegawa shape. I wish someone at Otaki or Arii hadn't messed up the cowling MG exits and slight bulge. Either you got a very early shot before the damage was done, or you've cleaned things up very well and also got the cowl flaps to fit quite well. You did a very good job of keeping the reds consistent with the decals over both topside brown and underside gray.

  12. Christopher,
    Thank you for the kind comments and welcome to iModeler. It is a great site to see the work of others, throughout the world. I think you will enjoy it very much. I have not posted anything for some time but at some point I will do a post or two. I agree that old Otaki kits were not up to some of todays kits but I always had good luck putting them together. I have started the Hasagawa kit but stopped prior to dealing it... I will finish it at some point. I like the KI-84 obviously by it's American nickname.
    Take care and thank you again.


  13. You know, Frank, the more I look at your photos, the more I think what you built in 2013 was the Tamiya kit. I thought at first that you'd filled in the riveting, but the panels and hinge details match the Ki-84 I finished this past summer. I'll try to make that kit my first posting as soon as I can figure out how.

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