Hasegawa 1/72, Mitsubishi Ki-51 Sonia
Ki-51 was a versatile airplane, built in over 2.300 units. Although easy pray for modern American fighters, it had very important role in secondary war theaters. I choose to present a version in controversial dark blue camouflage, which operated in Taiwan.
Assembly went without problems, except that some sanding is needed to fit clear parts. Who wish to enhance the model there is not much of interior details, exhaust pipes and guns could be improved, but on the other hand I choose just to add seat belts made from Tamiya tape and wing machine guns barrels from hypodermic needles.
I used Gunze colors IJA gray for undersides and Blue Angels blue for the top surfaces. Hinomaru are sprayed using Edvard masks, except for tail markings: number seven is generic armor set and symbol was cut on white decal paper. Chipping was done with silver pencil.
Since the model was finished few months ago, antenna wire got loosened probably from humidity, next time I will try with fishing wire,
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