Monday, 16 April 2018

Nakajima J1N1 "Gekko" by Jean Barby

Here are photos of my Tamiya Nakajima J1N1 "Gekko", based in Borneo, credited with two victories. The plain IJN Nakajima camo is not evident to shade in order to give some relief to an otherwise monochromic green.
- Jean Barby -
Early production Nakajima J1N1-S "Gekko" Model 11 of the 202 Kokutai. Pilot CPO Hatao Tetsuya, navigator CPO Yamada Nanpachi. January 1944, Manggar air base, near Balikpapan, East Klimantan ProvinceBorneo Island. 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Fine Molds Mitsubishi Ki-15/C5M "Babs" in 1/48!!!

One more reason to definitely visit Shizuoka next month!
The first box is curiously for the Navy C5M instead of the much much more interesting "Kamikaze-go" or the various Army Ki-15s with different camouflage colors and patterns. But hopefully we will see these released in the near future.
We know how excited you all are but BE AWARE though and get ready to dig deeeeep in your pockets as the price is to be about $US30+.
Also, did you notice that Fine Molds released IJAAF MG131 in 1/72 and 1/48? Most useful for Japanese Army fighters.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Japanese Avaition SIG (IPMS UK) Display - RAF Cosford

Nine of us, Paul Bebbington, Bill Anderson, Andy Binks, Richard Brooker, Peter Fox, Frank Hayes, Jon Stillwell, Glenn Wilson and I, displayed our models on Sunday 8, in front of the sole remaining Kawasaki Ki-100 at the annual Shropshire Scale Modellers and IPMS Telford model show at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Half of the display was a tribute to their Mitsubishi Ki-46 III, "Dinah", with all marks and scales of the "Dinah" as well as a display of box art. The museum also has on display the sole surviving WWII Ki-46.  We filled our four tables quite well I think.
Malcolm Barratt and Bob Foster were there too. 
It was a grand day out with there being traders offering new and second-hand model kits, tools, supplies and paints. All three hangars of the museum were filled with like-minded scale model enthusiasts and there was a fantastic number of members of the public.
Of particular interest were Andy's 1/48 Sea Stallion and Richard's "Fugaku", the Fujimi offering of the Transoceanic Bomber project in 1/144.  Many children had shown interest in Richard's egg planes. 
- Gary Wenko -

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

MosquitoCon 27 report by Michael Furry

On Saturday April 7, the New Jersey chapter of IPMS hosted its annual model show and contest, MosquitoCon 27. MosquitoCon is held every year in April and attracts modelers from all over the northeastern and mid-atlantic states. Typically there are about 500 models on display. Japanese aviation was well represented this year. As usual, the members of NJIPMS did a great job hosting this rather large event.
The set of photos below are the 1/72 scale aircraft.
And the set of photos below are the 1/48 scale aircraft.  

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Kawasaki Ki-61 Tei 19th Sentaï by Jean Barby

I have finished the excellent tamiya model, what a breeze, and I went for the 19th Sentaï who was whipped in the Philippines in 44. I have used B@W pics to inspire my paint job using the hairspray technic. All markings are painted with masks so no decals here. The Sentaï markings is irregular as the pics show them different from aircraft to aircraft and most of the time painted by hand.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Opposites attract - a different interpretation! by Michael Thurow

The past contest, for which unfortunately I had no model to take part in, inspired me to look at the topic from a different angle. 'Opposites Attract' (or ‘Opposites Attack’) in my creative interpretation are two opposing fighters that may have encountered each other in the air at the same place and at the same time. For the community's entertainment I therefore present these two 1/48 models out of competition.
The Nichimo Ki-43-I was entered here already in contest 004 in April 2017.  It was the personal "Hayabusa" of Captain Anma Katsumi, 3rd Chutai Leader of the 64th Hiko Sentai.
The Curtiss Hawk 81-A3 (P-40C) is the vintage Monogram kit which I built in 1992.  It’s pilot was Flight Leader Charles H. Older of the AVG's 3rd Squadron ('Hells Angels').
Both combatants may have fought it out over Rangoon on December 23-28, 1941. Captain Anma finally fell victim to Hawks of the ‘Hells Angels’ on April 8, 1942. A fascinating aspect is the totally different approach in fighter technology between Nakajima and Curtiss. Nevertheless, taking their relative strengths and weaknesses into account, the pair met on equal terms.
I hope you enjoy my unusual contribution.
Michael Thurow - Germany