1/48 Hasegawa Ki-100-1 Empire of Japan Group Build
Thanks to Louis Gardner for starting this GB as it gave me a reason to build some of the Japanese A/C in my stash. The Ki-100-1 was quite a successful fighter and gave the allies all they could handle towards the end of the war. The Ki-100 was developed as a result of difficulties in obtaining Ha140 12 cylinder liquid cooled engines for the KI-61 fighter. Therefore, chief designer Takeo Doi widen the front of the Ki-61 air frame and mated the Ha112 14 cylinder, twin row air cooled radial engine to it. Overall performance was improved to include maneuverability which meant it could compete with the F6F Hellcat or P-51 Mustang. Less than 400 were manufactured and were entered into combat operations just prior to the end of the war.
The Hasegawa kit has been around for awhile but does build up into a decent model. No real issues were encountered except for those darn off white decals that Hasegawa is infamous for. I believe their recent releases have correct that issue. Hence I took the liberty of trying to copy their version of white where called for in the painting instructions to match the decals. Mostly built OOB with one exception as I added some belts from the spares box and I used nylon thread for the antenna. Paints were a combination of Tamiya acrylics and Model Master enamels. Exhaust stains were done with pastels chalks and some of the panel lines were outlined using a Pitt Pen.