The Empire of Japan 1919-1946 GB: Hasegawa 1/72 Kawasaki Ki61(Tony)
This is my Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 and it is a very nice kit that was first released in 1973. It is also one of the first kits that Hasegawa made with complete recessed panel lines in which as we closed in to the 80's Hasegawa, Tamiya, Otaki, Fujimi and other Japanese brands pushed our hobby away from kits with raised lines and rivets.
Some scratch building was done to spiff up the cockpit sidewalls. The original decal sheet looked okay but when I used the instrument panel decal it all fell apart. So not wanting to take a chance I ordered a set. I applied the decals that belong to Chuichi Ichikawa's plane. The green three leaf clover looks pretty attractive to my eyes.
All and all I enjoyed this build very much, a nice kit that needed a little work but nothing really bad. And it looks happy hanging out with my other builds.
The complete build can be read by clicking on this link below, thank you.
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