Fine Molds 1/48 Ki-10 ‘Perry’
This is a beautiful kit that exudes quality, from the box-art to the presentation of the instructions. Parts are moulded in a grey-green and exhibit beautiful sharp trailing edges to the flying surfaces, delicate recessed panel lines and very crisp detail throughout. There are a couple of prominent sink marks on the upper-wing which is unfortunate, since they require some quite dexterous filling/sanding to avoid eliminating the subtle rib texture.
I couldn’t find much information online on the ‘Perry’, just a few photos here and there. However Arawasi, Issue #5, an English language Japanese magazine, had a useful article about the Ki-10 including colour profiles and cockpit drawings, and referring to these I added a few wires and cables.
Just an example of the kit’s detail, this is the intake assembly which fits under the nose. Unfortunately I went ahead and glued the fuselage together, forgetting to install it! Doh. I had to rip the fuselage open again, fortunately the damage was repairable.
Such is the precision fit of this kit that I was able to fully construct the undercarriage before assembly, and it virtually clicked into place on the model in perfect alignment. Can you tell I’m impressed?
A couple of panels had to be reinstated on the fuselage undersurface due to sanding, but nothing too onerous.
The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics, with just a hint of weathering as the real aircraft looked pretty clean in the photos I could find.
Rigging is stainless steel wire, fitted into pre-drilled holes; the aerial wire is stretched sprue.
2 additional images. Click to enlarge.