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Tamiya 1:48 Scale, Ki.61-I

Probably one of the best models I’ve ever built. Tamiya has really upped the game with this kit, with the engineering being amazing. Very little putty is required, and the kit falls together.

The only complaint I can point at, are the decals which, true to Tamiya’s kits, are a bit thick and don’t react to most setting solutions. Other than that, the kit is fabulous, and if you don’t have one in your stash, or on your workbench, you are missing a very good build experience.

The markings I have chosen are from Aeromaster, and are for the CO, of the 2nd Chutai of the JAAF’s 68th Sentai, Maj. Takeuchi Shogo. Maj. Takeuchi was killed in this aircraft on 23 December, 1943. After a fight with USAAF P-47’s, in which it sustained damage. On final approach to his base, it’s engine quit and crashed into the jungle.

I used Alclad II for the NMF, Model Master for the white combat and leadership bands, Gunze Mr. Color got the upper camoflage , and more Tamiya Panel Line Accents, Black.

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8 responses to Tamiya 1:48 Scale, Ki.61-I

  1. Excellent finish Frederick, compliments the nice build Louis Gardner did recently. Your technique is very good on the squiggle scheme over the NMF. I did the Hase kit with different markings but similar paint scheme. Not easy but fulfilling when you get done and can breath again. I may have to get another Tony with motivation from your build. Well done model. Hope to see more of these and other Japanese aircraft. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Chuck is right, your Tony has a great finish. The green mottle is not like their German counterparts, they have a far more coarse edges. I tend to believe that most of this Tonys had their field applied blotches with something else rather than airspray. Basically Fredric, it’s another great model, well up to your quality standards.

  3. That’s a pretty Tony! Great work.

  4. Turned out nicely – good job on that Wildcat, too.

  5. Great looking build!

  6. Another great job!

  7. Another Seitz Special!

  8. Beautiful looking aircraft

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