Finished! 1:48 Scale, Nichimo Ki-45, “Toryu”

April 6, 2016 · in Aviation · · 20 · 2.9K

Well, it's finally finished...except for the aerial, which I'll add tomorrow, because I'm tired and I'd just screw something up right now.

I used two detail sets by Lone Star Models, one for the cockpits, and the other for the wheel wells. They were not drop in replacements, and required a lot of work to make them fit...somewhat. The model itself was not too bad considering it's age, and the Hasegawa release is leaps and bounds a better kit, but this older offering is still a very decent kit for the money. I have another in the stash, and if I choose to build her, it'll be out of box. The only detail sets I'm aware of are from Lone Star, and I'll never use them again.

I used Aeromaster decals, 48-168, and the model represents a "Toryu" flown by Lt Totaro Ito, 5th Sentai, 1st Chutai, from Kiyosu Air Base, Japan during November 1944.

I'm happy this fight is over, now to build something easy, to recharge the batteries!

Thanks again for looking and have a nice night folks!


Freddie from LI

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  1. Nice job on another rare (at least to me) example of an aircraft not often modeled. Nice pics, too.

  2. I often get excited about building a project because I have these highly detailed aftermarket products, only to find myself wishing I had built it OOB and avoided all the pain of getting them to work. Your Toryu looks mighty good to me.

  3. You did an awesome job on this one. Well done!

  4. Freddie, old favorite of mine. When it came out, I was taken with the recessed details. Builds up nicely, and looks the part. It was also exciting to have something besides Zeros and the odd Tony.
    Did you steal the rear gun from another kit?
    Where did the stencils come from?

    • Bernard, I have to agree with you there. I really liked the model, but it seriously needed something, hence the detail sets.

      I have the Hasegawa kits, but I thought, " I never see these Nichimo kits built up..." so I had to be different...

      I used Aeromaster decals, the the stencils are part of that set, 48-168c.

      The rear facing weapon was stolen from another Nichimo kit, a Mitsubishi Ki-51, "Sonja", which I 'Screwed the Pooch' while building. I had to modify it a little by adding the drum magazines.

      Thanks for the compliments!

      • Freddie, you got the Hasegawa, too? I had the same thought about the Nichimo, only to make an air-to-air Kamikaze one, with the "arrow" down the side, and the faired/empty rear cockpit.
        I think Nichimo is now gone, so if you've got it, hang onto the Sonia. Their KI-43 -I Hayabasa is another favorite.

  5. Very nice build and finish! Weathering looks nice and subtle - early-war.
    I'm not a huge fan of aftermarket stuff - if I'm going to add some detail I like to just use styrene, sprue, spare parts and imagination! At least those usually fit!

  6. Beautiful work. great detail.

  7. Excellent. Like the streaking effect much.

  8. Great work Freddie! Some aftermarket stuff can surely give you agita.

  9. Like your finish very much Fred. Not an easy feat to make a one color/mono paint job interesting, and I think you've done a fine job of that.

  10. Looks like the "agita" was worth it, Freddie, a find build of a rarely seen kit, but, you have to be careful with some of those aftermarket goodies.

  11. What I find interesting about these old Nichimo kits... for there age they are shape wise reasonably accurate and they don't break the bank. They also, predicted the future with the dimples long before it was fashionable. You don't have to worry about buying a pounce wheel, Keep up the good work Freddie.

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