EoJ Group: All Black 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44-II Shoki
I built this kit for the Empire of Japan Group. I had discovered some diagrams of a Shoki with an all-black paint job. Although the prospect of an all-black plane was daunting, I decided I would give it a try. There are no photos of this particular plane, so my information relied on the research done by the authors of various books. Each reference depicted this plane with a slightly different color scheme. I decided to build the plane with yellow leading edges, white homeland defense panels on the wings and rear fuselage, and a light gray belly.
I wanted to put a little extra effort into this build, so I got an SBS resin cockpit, an Eduard photoetch set, a set of Life Like decals for this plane, as well as a set of Eduard canopy masks (I have gotten lazy and almost always use pre-made canopy masks). The SBS resin set was so detailed and complete that I ended up not using the Eduard photoetch at all. Part way through the build I decided I wanted to try to make my own masks for the plane, and paint all the insignia. I borrowed my wife’s Brother Scan and Cut machine that she uses for card-making and cut masks for everything except some numbers on the landing gear covers. The plane and markings were all painted using AK Real Colors, which have become my favorite for my airbrush painting. The only decals used on the model are some numbers on the landing gear covers. Overall I am pleased with how the masks performed and plan to do some more mask-making on my wife’s Scan and Cut. The plane is weathered with a variety of artist’s oil colors.
Thanks to everyone who contributed information on the proper color of the hinomarus and those who offered encouragement as this model progressed. If you are interested in any of the processes used in this build, the in-progress postings are located in the Empire of Japan Group.
Everyone stay safe.
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