Well, there I was waiting for decals to arrive from Hannant's for my Monogram Fw-190 when I came across an old Hasegawa Ki-43 sitting in the consignment section at my local hobby store. I remember these early Hasegawa kits were simple to build[...]
This 1/48 kit has been around for quite some time,and,after getting an old one,I knew it was time to build it and test some techniques...
Hasegawa 1/48 kit,with one of the non-standard camouflages in the SEA....some older brothers joined in...
I found a diagram of this aircraft years ago and always thought it to be an attractive scheme. I stashed it away in my reference box. A box of ideas for someday / maybe. Not too long ago I found myself with a 1/48 scale Hasegawa kit in my hands [...]
Another "Oldie but Goodie", Nichimo's "Oscar" is one of the best, if not THE best model of this important Japanese fighter, in any scale. But that's my opinion.
Model went together beautifully, with very little needed attention to seams. It w[...]
Tonight is an article about a model that I built about 10 years ago. It's Hasegawa kit number 08053. It was a really nice kit to build. Simple and easy to construct, with enough detail to keep you happy. The only thing I didn't like was the s[...]
Another "whiffie" racer.....these old kits are FUN. and inexpensive. I added a "modern" pilot, cleaned up the the fuselage, and clipped the wings. Looks very lightweight and fragile. The stripes are painted over decals, copied from a Hasegaw[...]
Finished this one last week. Waited all week for the sun to shine so I could take some photographs.
The kit is Hasegawa's 1:32 scale Ki-43-II Hayabusa that I converted into a Ki-43-III koh.
Modified the airscoop with putty, scratchbuilt a couple[...]
This was my first attempt at the all-to-common "paint chipping" effect as seen on many Japanese aircraft of WWII. I didn't want to go 'overboard' (as I've seen on many builds). I first sprayed the airframe with metallic silver and then the base[...]
The Ki-43 has long been one of my favorite Japanese aircraft of the Second World War. Over the years I have built many in pretty much every scale they have been produced in. My favorite, has to be Nichimo's Ki-43 Ic. Hasegawa released a bunch[...]