Hasegawa Ki-51 Sonia, 1/72
This is my submission for the Empire of Japan group build. OOB except that I added a couple of missing panel lines, and riveted the entire aircraft. As usual, I also added crew. Only issue I ended up with was the canopy didn’t set totally down once I got the crew installed. I test fitted frequently during construction, and cut down the rear seat especially to make proper room, but for some reason, once the crew were glued in, I didn’t get the same fit. Disappointing, but with a bit of extra glue to fill the gap it’s not too noticeable.
Since I didn’t do any pre-shading or black basing, I did use two lighter colors of the custom-mixed blue to add some modulation to the finish. In fact, the other mistake I made was to not use the lightest shade on the canopy, which I painted off the aircraft because of the open gun port and gun sight. I meant to pull the blue tac out of the canopy and check the shade against the aircraft before I took off the canopy masking, but forgot. Oh well – live and learn.
I really like the blue color. Reinhard Spreitzhofer’s (@grimreaper) dad’s build was my inspiration for this – I love it when I find a great non-green scheme for a Japanese aircraft.
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