1/48 Arii Nakajima Ki44 “Shoki” (Tojo)

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  • Jeremy Millan said 3 weeks, 6 days ago:

    This will be my 3rd build for the Empire of Japan group. I found this kit on eBay for $10 and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The surface detail is quite nice with all the rivets and the molding looks nice too. Just a little bit of flash to clean up though. The interior is pretty basic but not much will be seen with the closed canopy. I’ll have to do some research on how to paint the interior, I know next to nothing about his plane. The instructions are in Japanese but I think I’ll manage. Also the kilt came with a nice illustration print out. I’m not not sure what paint scheme I’ll be doing yet as the decals look pretty old and yellow. I’ll probably make paint masks for the markings. Until next time. Cheers

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  • Spiros Pendedekas said 3 weeks, 6 days ago:

    Hi Jeremy!
    This is such a cool choice! I love Arii models, this one looking pretty good!

  • John Healy said 3 weeks, 6 days ago:

    Nice choice, Jeremy!

  • Jeremy Millan said 3 weeks, 3 days ago:

    Made a little progress on the Tojo. I’m also working on a Mustang and I have to say these Japanese planes are more enjoyable to work on for me. Less stress and easier to build I guess.

    The cockpit is pretty plain but not much will be seen with the closed canopy. It also doesn’t look very accurate to a real Ki-44 cockpit. Nevertheless I drilled out the lightning holes in the seat and added some floor wiring with lead fly fishing wire. First time I tried this. Probably not 100% accurate though. The gauges on the IP are raised surface detail and I’m not sure how I’m going to paint them. I sprayed a custom mix of Tamiya paints for the interior. Next will be picking out details and some weathering.

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  • Greg Kittinger said 3 weeks, 3 days ago:

    Some nice detail on that kit – should weather up nice!

  • Louis Gardner said 3 weeks, 2 days ago:

    I built one of these back in 1978…………. and I still have it to this very day. It was one of the few kits that survived from my childhood collection. I have it posted here on Imodeler. It looks like you are making some good progress.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 3 weeks, 1 day ago:

    That’s a nice progress, Jeremy!

  • Erik Gjørup said 3 weeks, 1 day ago:

    And they’re off. . . – nice start Jeremy (@jmillan)

  • Jeremy Millan said 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Finished up the CP today. Not much detail and kind of bare looking but I did try a new technique to me called a “magic” wash. It’s an acrylic clear ( I used Windsor & Newton matte varnish) wash with a drop of Tamiya black and a little bit of water. You can also use Future or aqua gloss but that leaves a glossy finish. So I just brushed it on and let it dry. It leaves a nice little shadow around all the raised detail. So you don’t have to clear coat your model before or have to wipe away and excess wash. Works pretty well for the sidewalls of the fuselage.

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  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 weeks, 6 days ago:

    I like this “wash” process, Jeremy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Christopher C Tew said 1 week ago:

    I love these old Arii/Otaki kits, as the recessed riveting looks more like Nakajima’s typical “skin” work than just panel lines. One problem with these kits, the Oscar, Frank, and this Tojo, is that they have suffered mold damage over the years, especially to the wings, where the knock-out pins have punched up into the mold metal. The excellent riveting makes this hard to repair.
    Do be careful with the decals. Some are very, very slow to release from the backing paper, all are prone to cracking and fragmenting, and most don’t do well with softening/setting solutions.
    Continued good luck with your build, Jeremy.

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