1/48 Civil Ki-15 Babs – Empire of Japan Group Build.
This is the new Fine Molds kit. Fine Molds has marketed three different versions of this model and mine is the third one finished here on imodeler in the last couple of months. We now have an example of each kit posted.
No complaints about this one. It was pleasant from start to finish. The interior is highly detailed but you can’t see 90% of it. I finished the interior with Humbrol enamels, and the exterior with Mr. Color and Tamiya lacquers. I sandwiched the decals between coats of Future and finished up with a coat of Testors gloss/dull cote mixed 4:1 then thinned 1:1 with lacquer thinner.
The aircraft was the prototype Ki-15 which was purchased by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper in Tokyo. They used the aircraft to set a 94 hr. speed record between Tokyo-London in April of 1937. It was timed to coincide with the coronation of King George VI. Interestingly today, 14 May, is the 83rd anniversary of the start of their return trip to Japan. If you’re interested, I did a build log on the Japanese group build page.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.