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A Neat Little `Nate` Ki-27b from Hasegawa in 1/72

April 4, 2024 · in Aviation · · 19 · 191

This is the kit NP9 Nakajima Ki-27b ‘', depicting the aircraft flown by Capt. Shironaga with the 24th Flight Regiment in the Philippines in 1940. Interesting history behind the , being the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force's main fighter until the start of World War II

This is another example of a Hasegawa release of an older Mania mold. I got this kit from a vendor at a local show about a year ago, missing the canopy and about 80% built. I didn't notice at the time, but the previous owner must have used it as a engraving tester as most of the raised panel line were replaced by some decent but not perfect engraved panel lines. I had a spare canopy in my spare parts and figured this kit would be more good practice for my new Tamiya airbrush.

The kit came with some nice Aeromaster Decals and a camo pattern detailing the top view and the port side view. I also had the ICM instructions, which had the same two views – but, no starboard view. A quick search on iModeler came up with Reinhard Spreitzhofer's (@grimreaper) build from 2020 and all three views available – thanks Reinhard! Painting mostly freehand, I loosely followed the viewed pattern after applying some black pre-shading. I did use some UHU Tach pad for the upper/lower demarcation with the light grey and a couple of tricky tight areas. The ICM instructions ‘sort of' pointed me towards using XF-13 J.A Green, XF-5 Flat Green and XF-52 Flat Earth for the three-camo colours. I used XF-14 J.A. Grey for the undersides. Is this the first example of a tricolour SEA camouflage scheme? Looking at the final build, I probably should have used a lighter tint than the XF-5 Green.

The AeroMaster decals were nice, but they were a bit stiff. The decals worked out okay in the end.

When I do build the ICM kit, I plan to finish that nicer detailed kit with markings from the Royal Thai Airforce.

Overall, I'm happy with the result. Thanks for viewing.

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19 responses

  1. Excellent result on the petite 1/72 Nate, George! Super painting job with your new Tamiya airbrush!

  2. This one looks really nicely done. I like the paint scheme & decals you chose.

  3. Really nice work on this little aircraft, George @georgeswork
    The new airbrush delivered great result, did you do the marcation by hand or did you use a mask for that.

    • Thanks John (@johnb),
      I modified the post to say 'mostly freehand' as I did actually use some UHU Tach pad for the upper/lower demarcation with the light grey and a couple of tricky tight areas. I must of sprayed the plane about 5 times as I had to touch up each area which had overspray. I really like how opaque thinned Tamiya acrylics are and the way they can coverup previous painted areas

  4. Nicely done George.

  5. Well done, George

  6. Excellent build!

  7. Very attractive build of a seldom seen subject.

  8. Well done, George!

  9. Well done, a fine looking little Nate!

  10. Great looking little build, and I like that camo scheme. Well done!

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