Banzai!…1/48 Yokosuka (Kugisho) D4Y1 Model 11 Suisei “Judy” Imperial Japanese Navy

July 25, 2020 · in Aviation · · 9 · 1.9K


My dad´s next contribution to the Empire of Japan GB.
As far as I´ve read the was first release, dating back to 1993. So there are some fit issues. As you can see on the pics, the inner landing gear doors have attachement points for the retraction "fork" but there are no such parts in the kit. Some modelers scratchbuild them but my dad didn´t. The yellow wing leading edges and the dark green outlines of the fuselage hinomarus are painted. Eduard seabelts, EZ Line for the wires, camo done with Tamiya XF-12 JN Grey and XF-70 Dark Green 2 (IJN).

Build thread here

The model shows an aircraft of the 523rd Air Group "Taka (Hawk)-2", Tinian Island 1944

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9 responses

  1. Really nice build. I haven't seen many of these built so extra kudos for presenting a less seen kit.

  2. A wonderful build, very joyfully followed along, Reinhard!

  3. Beautiful build, I love the look of the inline engine Judys. Excellent!

  4. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice work on that " Judy " plane Reinhard.
    The chipping effect is very well done as well as the light weathering.

  5. Nice build on the Judy, I was great to be able to the the build progress.
    Certainly picked up some tips, Thanks!

  6. Thanks for likes and comments, appreciated!

  7. That's another great build! I think a Judy is next on my EoJ build list...or a lead contender!

  8. Reinhard, @grimreaper
    This is another spectacular build that your Dad has made. You guys make a great team together ! Your photographs look wonderful and so do his builds...

    I have really enjoyed watching this model come to life in your build journal. I also want to sincerely thank you for participating as much, and for building as many planes as you guys have done, for our ever growing Empire of Japan group build. People like you are what makes this group so special.

    I have really enjoyed reading your journal, and I will be eagerly watching out for the possible "Babs" to come out next from your work bench.

    Thanks again for everything. Stay safe my friends.

    • Thanks very much for your kind words!
      Happens all the time with my dad that one model subject leads to a theme with multiple models 😀
      Besides the Babs I have also a specific Nate in mind...let´s see if I can convince my dad...

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