1/48 Nakajima “Shoki” Ki-44 II Hei (Tojo) 47th Sentai
It's been a while since I have posted anything... I have been rather busy building several projects in the "Year of the Cat" GB, as well as the "Kasserine Pass" GB too.
So here is one that I built way back in the late 1990's, not too long after this kit was released in 1995. This is the Hasegawa first issue kit number JT-36 or 09136 depending on what you prefer. When I built this one, I didn't have access to the internet, so I'm sure there are some errors, most likely with the color of the paint on the inside of the landing gear wells.
It went together rather nicely. I don't remember anything difficult with this build. I'm fairly certain that the kit decals were used. I remember they didn't react too well with solvent solution when I tried to get them to snuggle down... Please don't look too close at the Hinomaru markings as some have wrinkled a little... like me.
I don't like to use large sections of decal material unless it is a necessity. So for this one I painted on the "Bandages" behind the Hinomaru markings. On the real Ki-44 Shoki's, this would have denoted "Defense of the Homeland" and this plane would have probably been used against high flying B-29's over Japan.
This one was finished using various shades of Bare Metal Foil. I did not weather this plane at all, since I liked how it looked "all shiny"... For a more realistic appearance, it probably should be weathered a little, and should have some minor exhaust stains or what have you... Maybe on the next one I build.
The control surfaces were painted in JAAF gray. On the real planes these areas were fabric covered. Model Master enamels were used throughout the build. I have several more of these kits in the stash, so look for a few more of these from me down the road. It's a good kit to build and I highly recommend it.
I did manage to find a few pictures tonight of the real planes from the 47th Sentai. They are included at the end of the pictures.
The Ki-44 is one of my favorite planes from the Japanese Army Air Force. I picked up the larger 1/32 Hasegawa cousin to this one shortly after it was released. It's one of my planned subjects for next year... along with the 1/48 Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant that I was awarded as the random prize gift here on Imodeler a while back.
I'll be sure to post up a build log for these when the time comes and these projects have started.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this one, and looking at the photos I provided.
I plan on building a light box for photography with LED lights one of these days... Busy, busy, busy...
As per my usual sign off, comments are encouraged.
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