The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (飛燕, "flying swallow") is a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft. Used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, it was designated the "Army Type 3 Fighter" (三式戦闘機). Allied intelligence initially believed K[...]
Finished this little kit in 2020. What can I say, this is the best kit I ever built, absolutely superb. No filling required. Painted with AK Real Colors and Alclad II paints.
This was a quick build of Tamiya's beautifully engineered Ki-61-Id Hien kit in 1/48 scale which I bought on a work trip to Tokyo years ago and have only just got around to building now that lockdowns are over and I can access my workshop again! [...]
My second post features and old Otaki Ki-61 (from the mid-70s). It's a very basic kit, but it goes together well, and seems accurate in scale and shape. I think there is a lot of life in the 1970s Japanese kits, even though the lack of detail [...]
This is the Tamiya 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien.
Here are mine:
1/72 Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien "Tony"
1/72 Academy Consolidated PBY-4 Catalina
Revell 1/72 PT-109 Elco torpedo boat
1/48 Tamiya Nakajima A6M-2N "Rufe"
1/48 Tamiya Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank"
Finished. Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Hein "Tony" . 68th Hiko Sentai, New Guinea December 1944 flown by Susumu Kajinami. Surviving the war, he claimed 8 victories in New Guinea, with a total of 24, till the end of hostilities.
I specifically go[...]
Our club contest theme for 2020 is "Made In Japan," and this is the first of 3 or 4 planned theme builds. Pretty much OOB, except I added some fins to the air intake on the fuselage side. I didn't intend to leave it a predominant NMF scheme - [...]
Probably one of the best models I've ever built. Tamiya has really upped the game with this kit, with the engineering being amazing. Very little putty is required, and the kit falls together.
The only complaint I can point at, are the decal[...]
This is a model that I finished up a few days ago. It also happens to be my favorite Japanese fighter from the War. It's so elegant and streamlined.............. I call it the "Japanese Spitfire".
The Tamiya model fit together perfectly, and[...]