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Tamiya: Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony)
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 04:30 AM UTC


A preview of this new tool kit coming out from Tamiya in 1/48 scale. The Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hein (Tony) was flown till late in the war and the two decal markings for this plane are from the Special Attack Unit that was created in August of 1944 to attack B-29s attempting to bomb Japan. For many of these pilots it was a one-way trip and they collided with the Allied bombers rather than let them get to drop their payloads.

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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 05:09 AM UTC
Nice !




Terri
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 05:33 AM UTC
My waiting in stock soon goes into making
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 06:23 AM UTC
Looks really nice! I've built Hasegawa's offering and it was a truly nice kit. This looks even better and the addition of the clear fuselage half is a real gem.
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 06:59 AM UTC
Tamiya's 1/48 P 47 is a kit that every model builder in the world of any genre should build just for the incredible engineering and pure joy of assembly- certainly the best I've ever had the pleasure of building . I have just read a review of Tamiya's Ki 61 on another site that claims it is better than the P 47. I'm sold.
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 01:20 AM UTC
I really like how this looks and can't wait to get my hands on one. I hope there will be more like this to follow.
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:33 AM UTC
Ohhhh, ooowwww...how I have awaited this day that Tamiya releases a 1/48 Ki-61. It'll look nice next to their 1/50 one.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 02:06 PM UTC
One of the best looking WWII fighters, looks like a must have.
thegirl
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 05:28 AM UTC
Placed a order for one Today , should have it this Friday or Monday



Terri
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 07:32 AM UTC
Okay colour me Envious Terri! There will be a build log I hope in the future?
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 11:53 PM UTC
Thanks for the review, Jim. Looks like a really nice kit and 3000 Yen isn't as expensive as we got used to for Tamiya kits recently. It's "only" about 25 Euros. But I will pass this kit anyway. I have built 2 Hasegawa Ki-61 already and another 2 in the stash. Should be enough for a lifetime I believe, except when someone is a Ki-61 freak.

Oh, btw. to bring back your memory: the war ended in Europe on the 8. May and in the Pacific on the 14. August ....

Torsten
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 05:52 AM UTC

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Okay colour me Envious Terri! There will be a build log I hope in the future?




What colour would you like Not in the near future , but you never know


Terri
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 12:51 PM UTC

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Placed a order for one Today , should have it this Friday or Monday



Terri


It would be very nice to hear ( read ) about your impression about this kit when its there.
This hard edged mottling looks like a real challenge.
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:10 PM UTC
Bernd, the groundcrews used brushes or spray cans for the mottling, sometimes even palm leaves were used. Recently I've got some amazing photos of Ki-61 of the 244. Sentai from a swiss friend, where the mottling is clearly visible. So you're free to used whatever technic you like ....

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 12:34 AM UTC

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Bernd, the groundcrews used brushes or spray cans for the mottling, sometimes even palm leaves were used. Recently I've got some amazing photos of Ki-61 of the 244. Sentai from a swiss friend, where the mottling is clearly visible. So you're free to used whatever technic you like ....

Torsten



Thanks for that hint, Torsten, now i need palm leaves in scale
Major Kobayashis Ki-61 is well documented, i have some pics of it, the mottling was very distinctive, especially around the Hinomarus. Maybe this hard edges and the look of these green dots came from polishing the aircraft ?? Trying to capture this will be a challenge. Beside that, this kit looks tasty and it s not too expensive.

Have a great weekend
Bernd