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Istvan Havril
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Kawasaki Ki-61-I Hien, Tamiya 1/72

July 2, 2021 · in Aviation · · 23 · 2.1K

Finished this little kit in 2020. What can I say, this is the best kit I ever built, absolutely superb. No filling required. Painted with AK Real Colors and Alclad II paints.

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23 responses

  1. looks great!

  2. Amazing result, Istvan!
    Could easily pass for an excellently built 1/48!

  3. Awesome result, Istvan
    Great paintwork and weathering, especially on this scale.

  4. Fantastic finish on this. Love it!

  5. Great job all around, especially the subtle weathering in the red and black. It is so easy to over weather a 1/72 scale aircraft but yours has the look of an airplane that has been seen a lot of action, but can still fly. I have this kit in the early stages of assembly and you are right it is an engineering marvel. This gives me inspiration to finish mine.

    • Thank you Scott. The color shades on the hinomarus and the black anti-glare panel done with airbrush (H&S Evolution 0.3). I hope you can finish your Hien, this kit worth the time.

  6. Very nice result - superb paintwork all around. This is good inspiration for me to pull this kit out of the closet.

  7. Clean and sharp, Istvan. Hard to believe itโ€™s 1/72.

    • Thank you John!
      1/72 is my "original" scale. As many of us I built 1/72 planes in my childhood, I really like 1/48 and sometimes 1/32 but if I want a relaxing couple of ours for modeling I return to the 72.

  8. Very realistic overall finish.

  9. That looks beautiful and indeed could easily pass for 1/48.

    Too bad Tamiya didn't update their paint instructions, though, as the colours they specify aren't correct. This plane had blue stripes. There are a number of other deviations from the instructions too, such as lack of upper surface stencils, camouflaged ailerons and a few other things. So anyone building this kit: do not trust the paint/markings instructions, sadly they are incorrect. The same goes for most Ki-61 kits, but this particular scheme is very prolific.

    Attached my profile of this plane, from Nicholas Millman's Ki-61 & Ki-100 Aces by Osprey Publishing.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

    • Thank you for the useful informations Ronnie!
      I faced with this problem after I finished my Ki-61, so I accepted the mistake. Really enjoyed the building and painting process.

  10. I agree with all of the above, great job!

  11. When you've got it flaunt it. Istvan, another helping of photos please. Some excellent work on the Ki-61 Hien. Some folks like to study the work of some excellent modeling.

    • Thank you Stephen!
      Here are some more pictures (unfortunatelly I did just a few photos in the process):

      8 attached images. Click to enlarge.

      • Istvan,

        Thankyou, you could have easily gotten away with writing that your kit was in 1/48 scale. Some excellent work, nothing over stated and painted to scale. Everything comes together. Looking forward to seeing more of your gifts and talents.

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