Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - DEREK COOPER

To get the ball rolling, here is my entry for the new “Hayabusa” model competition.
When US Forces captured Hollandia Airfield on New Guinea in April 1944, they found several Hayabusas abandoned by the Japanese in various states of disrepair. There seems to have been something of a competition between the various units stationed there, to bring the aircraft back into flyable condition. My model represents one such aircraft repaired by 41st Troop Carrier Squadron.
 Haseagawa 1/72 scale kit with decals from Rising Decals “Dying Sun part III” sheet. Finished in my favourite Xtracolor metallic enamels.
Derek Cooper - England


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - ZBIGNIEW MALICKI

My first entry will be the very old (made more than 20 years ago ) Ki-43 II from Hasegawa in 1/72. I made it as a teenager 8-)  Painting was done with brush and sponge. I plan to make one more entry but don't know if I could made it before the deadline.
 Zbigniew Malicki - Poland


Monday, 20 March 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004

ARAWASI would like to invite you to our 4th online model contest.

Theme: Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Submissions: Send as many photos as you like of your model and accompanying information to or At the very least please send: your name and country, model scale and kit maker. Your entry will be posted within 24 hours. You can enter the contest with more than one model in any scale.
If you decide to start a model for our contest you can send work-in-progress photos.

Voting: you can vote for each model from 1 to 5 either by leaving a comment on each entry or by sending an email to the above addresses. No anonymous votes will be taken into account (nicknames are ok). The model with the most points wins.

Deadline: May 15 

Prizes: The winner (or winners) will receive a book and a kit from our on-line store, free of any charge, courtesy of Arawasi.

The theme for the next online model contest is "Japanese Floatplanes & Flying Boats" and will start from June 1.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Modelling Civilian Japanese Aviation Subjects

Continuing from this post, Derek Cooper sent over this most helpful list explaining:
Here's a list of some kits that are available with Japanese civilian options in the box. They are all 1/72 scale unless indicated otherwise.
Airspeed Envoy J-BDEO - RS Models 92102
Breda Ba.33 J-BANC - Dujin DA72213 (resin)
DH 80A Puss Moth J-BAXA - Omega Models 72377 (resin)
Douglas DC-2 (1/144 scale) J-BBCO - CMR 144-010
Douglas DC-2 J-BCOH - MPM
Fokker F.VIIb/3m J-BBZO - Valom 72071

Lockheed Altair J-BAUC - LF Models 7280 (resin)
Messerschmitt Bf.108 Taifun J-BACC - KP 0081
Mitsubishi Karigane I “Kamikaze” J-BAAI - Arii 53009

Mitsubishi Karigane I “Kamikaze” J-BAAI - LS A300

Mitsubishi Karigane I “Kamikaze” J-BAAI & J-BAAL - Hasegawa 00845

Mitsubishi Twin-Engined Transport “Nippon” J-BACI - Arii 53019
Mitsubishi MC-20 J-BAOR - Planet Models (resin)
Mitsubishi Type 90 General Purpose Aircraft (K3M3) J-AFTB - AZ Models 72078
Nakajima AN-1 (Ki-11) J-BBHA - Choroszy Modelbud (resin)
Ryan NPY-2 J-BACC - RS Models 92158
Savoia S.62 J-BBWI - Dekno (resin)

Seversky 2PA-B3 J-BAAN - Kora 72121 (resin)
Tachikawa Ki-36 “Kisaragi” J-BAAR - Fujimi 32861
Tachikawa KS J-AARD - A-Model 72236
You are all most welcome to send more information on this little touched upon subject. If you have any of the above kits do send images of the boxes.

Flying Papa's Decals, available exclusively from our on-line store here, has released two sets of decals for civilian aircraft in Japanese service.

Messerschmit 108 Taifun Yomiuri Shimbun J-BACC in 1/72 (72C-003) & 1/48 (48C-008)

Seversky 2PA-B3 "Civil P-35" 48C-003

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Kawasaki Ki-100 Otsu by Adam O'Brien

Here's my latest work - the Hasegawa 1/48th Ki-100 OTSU.
Adam O'Brien - Australia


Sunday, 12 March 2017


 Title: NANKAI NO UMIWASHI-TACHI - The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Groups in the Southwest Pacific Theater
Authors: Sato Nobuhiko, Yoshino Yasutaka
Published by: Dainippon Kaiga, Nov. 2014, pb
Pages: 127, Size: 21X26cm, Photos: 118
This DNK publication features the photo collection of Abe Tetsuo who visited Indonesia between January and November 1940, working for Mainichi Shimbun. The original photos are of great importance as they show the IJNAF forces in action in the South Pacific.
The first chapter entitled "The water birds of Halong base" is a photographic record of the 934Ku at their Halong seaplane base on Ambon Island. An excellent set of 22 photos with A6M2-N "Rufe" but also F1M "Pete" and N1K "Kyofu" seaplanes.
The second chapter entitled "The Zero fighters in Southwestern Pacific" features 26 amazing photos of Zero-sen of the 381Ku.
Chapter 3 "The struggling of 732nd NAG in operations Z1 and KON" deals with the 732Ku with 25 fantastic photos of Mitsubishi G3M "Betty" bombers. The chapter also includes a few photos of IJAAF aircraft that shared with Navy units the Waile base on Halmahera island and three photos of G3M3 "Nell" of the 2nd Kanoya Kokutai based at Digos, Mindanao island.
The 4th and last chapter "The air operations over Okinawa, seen from Kushira base" features 18 photos of B6N2 "Tenzan" and B5N1 and B5N2 "Kate" bombers operating as the title suggests from Kushira base on Kyushu island during the defence of the Okinawa.
The publication is complimented by 16 color profiles illustrated by Nishikawa Yukinobu and very helpful (but of dubious quality) English translations for all the captions and some of the text.
This was a highly anticipated publication by DNK, similar to the IJAAF photo collection of Kikuchi-san. Unfortunately there are two things that take away most of the fun; horrible lay-out with some extremely interesting photos spread on two pages damaged by the inevitable "valley" and excessive noise on most photos damaging the details.
Nevertheless it is a most valuable publication full of interesting information and images rarely seen in print that indeed could have been published better.
The book is available from our on-line store, HERE

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Aichi E16A "Zuiun" (Paul) - 海軍水上偵察機 「瑞雲」 #5 - video

A few years back we put up a series of posts on the Aichi E16A "Zuiun" (Paul), here
Today's video is from the NHK collection dated January 25, 1945.
According to the narator: "A Navy seaplane base in the Philippine area. Dead or alive, the battle for the Luson island has become fierce. Armed with bombs our Sea Wild Eagles fly to the battlefield. We will all fight like Special Attack Units against the material superiority of the enemy. We will fight. With all our strength. Regardless if we live or die the Sea Wild Eagles will fly to the battlefield to protect the Imperial land.
Check the link above for info about the location, unit etc.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003 - And the winner is...

...I have no idea! This is a very close call so I'd like to hear from you all this weekend. Leave a comment below with your choice for the winner of this competition. Mine would be Mike Terre.
Contributors to the contest can also comment, just don't chose yourself!

Thank you all for the weekend feedback. Would you agree to have two winners this time too; Mike and Danilo?

OKAY! Kiri said she liked both equally but would go for Mike's because it was more eye-catching and interesting as a subject. So the winner of our 3rd on-line modelling contest is MIKE TERRE.
I would like to congratulate Mike and Danilo for their chivalry and all the other contestants for the very interesting models. Rene's "Babs" presentation was fantastic and it was great to see Carlo's passenger 747 and Cameron's glider! Not to forget Derek's brave and very good looking effort with the old LS kit.

It seems to me though there was not so much variety of subjects as I would have expected. So, since we are going to have a contest with the same subject next year, I would like to take this chance and make a list of all the kits and decal sets available in any scale for Civilian Japanese aviation subjects. I would very much like to have feedback from everybody since I'm not that knowledgeable about kits of non-Japanese planes.

For decals there are the three sets from "RISING DECALS" in 1/72:
1 - 72-031 J-BIRDs Japanese Aircraft in Civil Service
with markings for:
Tachikawa Ki-9 "J-ABTQ", belonging to the Miyakonojo Aviation School
Nakajima Ki-27 "J-AJTR", belonging to the Matsudo Central Aviation School
Hansa Type "J-BAWI", belonging to the Sakai City Schoolchildren´s Flying Association
Beechcraft C-17E "J-BAOI", flown by Nihon Koku Yuso Kabushiki Kaisha

It's a very good decal set with interesting options. I started building the "Nate" but Danilo beat me to it. Also started the Beechcraft with the Sword kit and I think I will have it ready for next year. There is unfortunately a mistake in the decal instructions; J-BAOI didn't have hinomaru. Perhaps some time later they were applied but there are no known photos to show how they looked like.
Although the RS Model kit for the "Spruce" is not bad I think this decal set would be much better in 1/48 where we have the great Mania/Hasegawa kit for the "Nate" and the splendid kit for "Spruce" by Nichimo. Check here for two amazing Beechcraft and Hansa models in 1/48.

2 - 72-039 J-BIRDs Japanese Aircraft in Civil Service Part II
with markings for:
Fokker F.VIIb/3m "J-BBZO", flown by Nihon Koku Yuso Kabushiki Kaisha
Mitsubishi Karigane II (Ki-15-II) "J-BACL", belonging to the Domei News AgencyNakajima Ko-3 (Nieuport 24) "J-BAFC", Osaka Mainichi Shimbun

This is also a very interesting set but I have no idea if there are and good kits except for the old but always great LS kit for the "Babs". Ofcourse Mike did a splendid job with his Nieuport 24 but are there any suggestions for the Fokker Tri-motor? And how about in 1/48? There is no "Babs" kit in that scale but how about a Nieuport 24?

3 - 72-062 J-BIRDs Pt.III
with markings for:
Doglas DC-2 Dakota "J-BDOL", "Kashiwa", Dai Nippon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth "J-APAE", "Hayabusa", Kwantung Provincial Police, Manchuria
Junkers F-13 "J-BAZG", "Dai Nana Giyuu", Nippon Koku-Yuso Kenkyujo

I'm completely lost with this decal set. Your thoughts and suggestions?

All images from the "Rising Decal" site, here.

To be continued...

Our 4th contest starts from March 15 and the subject is "Hayabusa".
Excuses like "I haven't or don't want to build any "Hayabusa"" are unacceptable.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003 - Danilo Renzulli

The subject is an OOB Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" RS Model kit in 1/72. The interiors arranged with photo etched parts provided in the kit are difficult to see once the canopy is closed. Decals by Rising Decals - the only details I added were the pitot pipe made of metal wire and a small plastic rod and the navigation light (wings' tips and top of rear fuselage) made by drilling a small hole filled with a tiny drop of Cristal Clear and a drop of Future mixed with some water based acrylic color.
I tried to imitate the elusive green-grey finish typical of these aircraft using a mixture of Humbrol colors. That's all!
Danilo Renzulli - Rome, Italy

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai (George) by RON CLINE pt.1

My first completion of 2017, the Hasegawa 1/32 Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden-kai" (George). I started this at the very end of 2015, worked on it a while, then set it aside. I resumed the project last October, and finished it 2 weeks ago (I'm slow...). As is normal for me and 1/32 kits, I didn't build it straight out of the box.
 I used the Eduard photoetch set along with scratchbuilt details to dress up the cockpit. The instrument panel is the Eduard face with Airscale and MDC instrument faces.



Hasegawa simplified the main gear wells, so I did some correction work there too. Again, I used Eduard and scratchbuilt bits; the rivets are from Archer. The plumbing is done with solder, while the control cable runs are stainless wire. The kit comes with the oil cooler exit between the gear wells molded fully closed; I wanted mine open, so I opened up the belly and built the well for the cooler, along with a simple cooler. The exit door itself came from the Eduard set.

The kit also comes with the cowl flaps in the closed position. I used the cowl flaps in the Eduard set to open mine, but Eduard forgot the lowest flap on both sides, so I built those out of thin brass. I wired and plumbed the engine, but I didn't realize until after I took the photos of the completed build that I didn't take any photos of the engine before the cowl went on (DOH!).