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1/48 Manshu Ki-79b – Empire of Japan Group Build.

December 27, 2020 · in Aviation · · 19 · 2.3K

This is the new RS Models kit of this unusual little plane. The Ki-79 was a trainer version of the Ki-27 army fighter. It was produced in Harbin, Manchuria by the Manshu Aircraft subsidiary of the Japanese Nakajima company. It was produced in both single and two seat configurations. In addition to being used as an advanced trainer by the Japanese army, it was also employed in boys high school flying clubs during the later stages of the war. These flying clubs were set up to provide special attack (suicide) pilots for the anticipated invasion of Japan. My model represents a Ki-79 of the 113th Shimbu Tai (army special attack squadron), that was expended during the Okinawa campaign.

The model is a simple, no frills, limited run kit. Everything went together as designed after the usual parts cleanup required for kits of this nature. I drilled out the rear cockpit instrument panels, made seat belts from lead foil, and added the box framing to the bomb fins. I painted it with a base coat of AS-12 bare metal silver straight from the can. The green mottling was airbrushed Xtracolor RAF dark green with a bit of black added. Everything else was Humbrol enamels. The kit decals worked very well sandwiched between two coats of brushed Future. EZ line for the antenna and a shot of dull cote finished it off.

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19 responses

  1. John, @j-healy
    Magnificent work here ! It was fun to watch you build it in your journal. I have never seen another one like it built up before. The extra little things you did with drilling out the instruments, and the tiny scratch marks in the dark green paint near the cockpit make it stand out even more. I learned something while reading your article, and that was about how these planes were also used in High School "Flying Clubs".
    Thanks for completing another one for our Empire of Japan group. I pressed the liked button too...

    Happy new Year. 🙂

  2. Very nice John. I was unaware of the kit. Added to the already way too long list

  3. Awesome model, first time I came across this Nate derivation and even more there is a kit for it. Nice airbrush work, thumbs up John

  4. Beautiful airbrush work, and I followed all the improvements you took the time to create with the model. A big "like"!

  5. This is an fantastic job of a plane very rarely seen built, John @j-healy!
    I had the pleasure to follow your build and was amazed by the quality of your work.
    Airbrushing is super!
    I confess I had no idea this plane existance...
    Congratulations on your build!

  6. Beautiful build, John.
    I really like that camouflage pattern you applied.
    For sure I'm going to read your building thread.

  7. First build of this kit I have seen and a great result especially the airbrushing.

  8. That´s a rare one, lovely job!

  9. Brilliant contribution to EOJ - and better still magnificent execution. The paint job is outstanding!

  10. Lovely build of a rare subject! Love the scheme. Nice job with a short-run kit.

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