This was the second time I built the Tony and I was much happier with this model over the older Hasegawa Tony. The cockpit is a gem and after it is complete, you can have the rest of the plane ready for paint in mere hours.
Painting was [...]
Not long ago I finished the Tamiya Ki-61 and shortly after that I ran across an older version of the Hasegawa kit for a decent price. So I decided to take a chance on it even though I knew it would be good, but not up to the standards of [...]
This is my Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 and it is a very nice kit that was first released in 1973. It is also one of the first kits that Hasegawa made with complete recessed panel lines in which as we closed in to the 80's Hasegawa, Tamiya, Otaki, [...]
My last completed kit of 2021, here’s my 1/72 Tamiya Ki-61 Hien. This was another fantastic kit from Tamiya. I used the camo decals which worked pretty well. I do wish Tamiya provided an open canopy option since there’s pretty good [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
My first attempt in metallic finishes, many lessons learned, many more yet to learn.
Didn't use rondel decals, line decals etc... I've made them by masks I've previously made.
Excellent fit and details.
Every comment is welcomed [...]