Manshu Ki-79B – RS Models 1/48
Subject: Manshu Ki-79B, Otsu training unit, Mukden, China, August 1945
Kit: RS Models1/48 - 48006
Accessories: Eduard IJN Seatbelts (49004)
Helicon Focus (focus stacking)
This is a great kit. It’s limited run and has some fit challenges with most of the parts/sub assemblies but that is to be expected. Test fitting is a must at every step. Surface details are fine and crisp but I did deepen all scribed panel lines to make sure they’d accept a wash after painting.
The one thing that is a complete fail in this kit is the decals. They are not printed well with the edges being very rough. Even worse, the edges of mine tended to fold under and when I tried to fix it, the decals tore easily. Each decal I tried to apply did this so after trying 3 or 4, I gave up and trashed them. Luckily the markings are sparse on this aircraft so I was able to steal the meatballs I needed from another kit. I did a quick on-line search and found no aftermarket deal sets for this aircraft. So, hopefully I just had a bad sheet otherwise, I don’t even know why RS Models would include these decals at all. Also, there is no instrument panel decals included which, in this case, may be a good thing. I used Mike Grant decals individual instrument dial decals.
Enjoy and comments welcome.
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.