Hot-Rod Hien, the last of the breed.
Sooner or later, all good fighters need an upgrade. The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien JAAF fighter was still running around
with a Diamler Benz DB 601 copy in 1944, which had gone out with the Bf109E model in 1941. The Ha-140 was the "developed" engine, which turned out to be a real dog reliability wise. Nonetheless some were installed in lengthened
airframes and a very hot ship resulted, when the engines ran, or when fuel could be found for them. The last versions had a cut-down rear fuselage and improved vision canopy, a-la the Ki-100. Depending on your source, either thirty of these were made, or just one prototype. I find only one photo of this one, by itself, so- your guess. Either way, I think it's the best-looking of a whole line of really good-looking airplanes, so, I built one.
The ability to build this came from A to Zee products, or Alley Cat. They give you a resin fuselage and some other small bits, to be used with a Hasegawa Ki-61 Hien donor kit. The resin fuselage is quite nicely cast, with crisp panel lines and such. The stock interior is used, a bit of sanding allowed a pretty good fuselage half fit. Same can't be said of the wing to fuselage fit, which required a major wrestling, sanding and trimming match to get on. Most else was garden-variety modeling. The resin cast canopy parts were a bit cloudy but responded very well to a Future dip. Crystal clear!
I did use the Ki-61 sliding bit, as it fit properly compared to the kit's.
Most profiles show these (this?) in green but I hadda be different and use the late-war brown. I used the new Tamiya Lacquer JSSDF brown with a touch of "propellor colour", sprayed over marbling of white. Unders are Tamiya Lacquer gloss aluminum. I really like this a an NMF finish, and it can be mixed with black or white for different shades. Hinomarus are sprayed, and the rudder device sprayed using an Alley-Cat provided stencil. A bit small, but WTH.
Fuselage band is brush painted In the field.
Ya never know when you get hit with a bug, but I started this for no particular reason and zipped right thru it. One
nevah knows, do one?
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