Hello again everyone.
Yes I have done some more work on it. The engine is now almost completely done. I’ll try to post some photos up later tonight.
It is a real beauty of a plane to build. I took it as a sign when the box fell on the floor, so I went with it. Now I am glad that I did.
Hello Bill, @billkoppos
Thanks for the comments, but I’ll have to disagree with you about the interior color. I have found on more than one occasion that Cleaver is not always correct, even though he would lead you to believe otherwise. Granted he is very knowledgeable, but there are others out there who know more about this stuff than he does.
One person in particular who is an expert on the subject, (and also a published author), is a gentleman named Nicholas Millman. He operates a website called the Aviation of Japan. Here’s a link that shows the various colors used on the interiors of the Ki-44 and other IJAAF aircraft. This is only part one !!!
It seems there were different colors used, and it depended on what time frame the plane was built as to what color the interior was.
Here are Nick’s color choices as used on the Ki-44 verbatim.
“I would have no hesitation in using it as the basis for painting a Shoki cockpit. In fact my own pecking order, included for interest rather than mandated in any way, would be as follows:-
1. Dark blue-grey, # 3, for early and mid-production examples
2. Yellowish olive green, # 29 for mid-production to late-production examples
3. Olive drab, # 7, for late production examples
4. Translucent yellow-green aotake as a possibility on some mid-war examples.
5. Blue aotake.”
I have spent countless hours reading the various articles that Nick Millman wrote. He has a ton of them over there. If your curious about leaning something new on the various colors that were used by the Japanese, you can literally spend hours reading his stuff over there.
Another great place to spend some time is Jaircraft.com These guys really know there stuff too.
Thanks again everyone and please stop back by for another update.