Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - MICHAEL FURRY

1/48 Nichimo Ki-43-1 Oscar. The Nichimo Oscar has been around since the 1970's and in my opinion is the best Ki-43-1 kit to date. While out of production, they are quite easy to find on the model show circuit. I made some minor improvements to the cockpit, this biggest is cutting the front of the floor off and flipping this piece upside down to raise the cockpit floor, otherwise it is quite deep. I also replaced the kits oversized instrument panels with a resin copy from Hasegawa Ki-43-1. The kit is one of the best fitting kits I have built and this lends to rather quick construction. Since the kit has wonderful exterior detailing, it lends itself quite nicely to a bare metal finish. There is a slight pebbly texture to the parts that some may want to polish off, I chose not to. I painted the model in a few light coats of Floquil Old Silver. After letting this dry for a few days I began to buff and polish the paint with pencil graphite, SNJ aluminum buffing powder, and brown chalk pastel. I plan to have the kit completed for the May contest deadline.
Michael Furry - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Hayabusa IFF stripes & contest

Two posts today guys. We have discussed the subject of IFF stripes on the "Hayabusa" aircraft in the past, HERE.
We failed to mention that one common mistake, seen also on some models taking part in the ongoing competition, is the shape of the IFF stripe. It should follow the shape of the wing edge with a curve above the wheel well right before the fuselage.
I admit that in our rush to finish our "Eagles of Manchukuo" book we overlooked that detail but in the second edition which is coming soon we will have it corrected.
There is one more thing I'd like to explain about posting your models for the "Hayabusa" contest. We have received a number of entries which we will absolutely post. But in order to give some time for each model to be at the top of the page and get the attention it deserves, we will post every second or third day the latest. I don't think it would be very respectful to post three or four entries in one day. So if you have sent over photos of your model last week and you haven't seen it posted yet, it's because there are other guys before you. Right after this post I will send emails to confirm we have received your emails with the photos.
Also, (pay attention here okay?) as we have made clear before, there is no problem to extend the contest deadline. If you feel you need a little more time to finish your "Hayabusa" model to a high standard, leave a comment or send an email. Also, feel absolutely free to ask for advice.
And finally thank you all for the interest, the very friendly and encouraging comments and for making this contest the best so far.  
Also, take a look and vote for Jean Barby's fantastic 3rd "Hayabusa", HERE.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - CALIN UNGUREANU

The kit is the 1/72 Hasegawa in gray plastic.
I had some problems to fit it in Ki43 II or III. I chose a II model, to represent a painting scheme that I like. It's a 54 Hiko Sentai, 2nd Chutai that has fought in the skies over Kurile Islands.
The montage though was pretty easy, needing just a bit putty at the wing to fuselage fit.
I also replace some original parts with scratch ones mainly on the landing gear.
The panel lines have been slightly rescribed and if I remember well, corrected in some parts.
The decals were a bit old and it was a bit of a problem to convince them to get soft.
I started doing this model just because I wanted to try to represent this spotted cammo scheme and the way the blotches are disappearing around the cockpit area due to the normal activity of mechanics and pilot.
Thank you for the opportunity of showing my models to an advised public.

Calin Ungureanu - Bucharest, Romania

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - MICHAEL THUROW

Hi everybody,
I'm a Pacific War model enthusiast and love the idea of running a contest on the Hayabusa. This workhorse of the IJAAF seems a neglected topic among modellers, perhaps because it is a bit unspectacular, but such a beautiful slim little plane.
My entry to the contest is a Nakajima Ki-43 Ic Hayabusa flown by Captain Anma Katsumi, Leader of the 3rd Chutai, 64th Hiko Sentai in the Malaya-Sumatra-Thailand theatre, Dec 1941 - Apr 1942.
The model is Nichimo 1/48 built in 1995 embellished with a Falcon canopy and a few scratch-built parts.

Michael Thurow - Germany

Thursday, 13 April 2017

and now for something completely different - trucks in Tokyo

This week I took these two photos of trucks in Tokyo. Enjoy!

The whole car is protected in bubble-wrap except ofcourse from the windows; I guess they are made of bulletproof glass or something.  
Italian oregano is famous but I had no idea they made good quality ganja in Italy.
Danillo, do you know something we don't?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

NEWS & More

SWORD from Czech has just released a Kawasaki Ki-102b Otsu (Randy) in 1/72!!!
All I can say is WOW!!! What a brilliant subject!!!
The only other Randy kits I know of are the old Pavla in the same scale, Raccoon (resin) and Sanger (vacuformed) in 1/48.
So a big congrats to SWORD!!!
Here are some photos of the kit from their site, here.
And in their coming-soon section they have announced a Ki-102a Ko (Randy) in the same scale. How cool is that!!!
So, guys, what Japanese aircraft (you know what I'm talking modern jet planes ok?) kit would you die to see released or even re-released?
Here's my top 5 plus yours and all the votes in red:
1. Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" in 1/72 & 1/48  IIIIIIIII
2. new Aichi E13A "Jake" in 1/72 & 1/48  IIIIIIIIII
3. Nakajima J5N "Tenrai" at least in 1/72  I
4. Mitsubishi Ki-15 "Babs" in 1/48 & new in 1/72  III
5. Tachikawa Ki-36 / Ki-55 "Ida" in 1/48  II
6. new Aichi D3A "Val" in 1/72  I
7. Mitsubishi Ki-57/MC-20 in 1/72  II
8. Tachikawa Ki-54 in 1/72  IIIII
9. new Nakajima B6N in 1/72  II
10. new Nakajima Ki-84 "Hayate" in 1/72  II
11. new Kawasaki Ki-32 "Mary" in 1/72  I
12. new Kawanishi H6K "Mavis" (come on Hasegawa!!) in 1/72  IIII
13. new Mitsubishi Ki-51 "Sonia" in 1/48  II
14. Nakajima Ki-49 "Helen" in 1/48  I

15. Kawanishi E7K "Alf" in 1/48 & a new in 1/72  IIII
16. good ground / maintenance figures in 1/48 II
17. Mitsubishi J2M5/6 "Raiden" in 1/72  II
18. Nakajima E8N1 "Dave" in 1/72  
19. Yokosuka P1Y1 "Ginga" in 1/48  I
20. Aichi E16A1 "Zuiun" in 1/48  II
21. Mitsubishi G4M2 in 1/48  I
22. Mitsubishi G3M2 in 1/48  I 
23. Kawanishi J6K "Jinpu" in 1/48  I
24. Kokusai Ku-8 "Gander" in 1/72  II
25. Nakajima Ki-34 "Thora" in 1/72  I
26. Kokusai Ki-59 in 1/72  I

27. Tachikawa Ki-77 in 1/72  I
28. Aichi H9A in 1/72  II
29. Yokosuka D4Y4 "Suisei" (a GENUINE -4) in 1/72  I

30. Nakajima B6N "Tenzan" in 1/72  I
31. Mitsubishi Ki-30 "Ann" in 1/72  I

32. Nakajima G8N1 "Renzan" new in 1/72 or 1/48  I
33. Nakajima G5N1 "Shinzan" in 1/72 or 1/48  II
34. Kyushu Q1W1 "Tokai"  in 1/48  I
35. Aichi E11A1 "Laura" in 1/48  I
36. Kawanishi H6K "Mavis" in 1/48  I
37. Kawanishi H8K2/3 "Emily" in 1/48  I

38. Mitsubishi Ki-83 in 1/48  I
39. new Nakajima Ki-44 "Shoki" in 1/72  I
I promise to forward the final results to Hasegawa. SO VOTE!!!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - FABIO BALZANO

This 1/72 Oscar Mk. II is the old Hasegawa kit, assembled 20 years ago!
Is an tipical natural metal Ki-43 II Ko crudely painted "on the field" with dark green spots.
25th Hiko Sentai - 3rd Chutai. Hankow, China - January 1944.
 Best regards from Italy.
 Fabio Balzano

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - ALLAN JEFFERY

Built  quite a few years ago from the old Arii kit. One of my favorites from the Arii range..

This is my old  ( 20 years ago) Hasegawa "Oscar" in 1/32

and a more recent 1:48th version from Nichimo.

Allan "The Kit Slayer" Jeffery