Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 Tony
This was the second time I built the Tony and I was much happier with this model over the older Hasegawa Tony. The cockpit is a gem and after it is complete, you can have the rest of the plane ready for paint in mere hours.
Painting was done with the tried and true Tamiya AS-12 straight from the can which was slightly heated with warm water. The cammo was freehand with Tamiya acrylics and some paint mule practice.
Most of the markings including the red walkways were painted on. Yes, this does involved some time consuming masking but with careful painting you will get results that no decals can do. That said, I did use Lifelike Decals for the numbers and tail design. They were a joy to work with: thin, they slip off the paper easily and react well to Microset and Microsol.
If you are interested in some thoughts on the Tony, comparisons of the Tamiya and Hasegawa Tony and a few more photos, I have a write up here:
Let me know what you think!