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Review
Tamiya: Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony
SgtRam
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 11:53 PM UTC


Tamiya has released a new tooled Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony, and here Kevin Brant reviews and builds the kit.

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Thanks!
litespeed
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 12:34 AM UTC
The Tony looks very good Kevin, looks like a good investment if you are suffering from builders block. Just a pity about the decals for the roundels, they just don't look right? From the last image it looks as if you can see the blue fuselage strip under the roundel? I think some thinner aftermarket ones might be necessary or maybe the use of masks. Nevertheless nicely done Kevin.
tim
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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2018 - 01:09 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Kevin. I've always liked the sleek nose of this plane. I'm just finishing a build of Tamiya's venerable A6M2 Rufe and it has gotten me in the mood for Japanese fighters. And since I find myself gravitating to 1/72 scale, this kit checks all the boxes.

The low-point of the Rufe was also the thick decals. Close trimming of the roundels avoided major problems there, but I had significant silvering and ridges on the tail numbers.
Szmann
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 04:47 AM UTC
Kevin, good review and nice build!
This kit found its way in my shopping basket already.
I like Tamiya kits but I just keep wondering: Why take them so long to address the decals issue? Every single review gravitate around two poles: brilliant engineering and poor decals. Why takes them decades to fix the issue?
Anyhow, there is a wind of change sweeping Tamiya yard for what I can guess and I hope is for the best.
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 01:44 AM UTC

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Every single review gravitate around two poles: brilliant engineering and poor decals. Why takes them decades to fix the issue?



I was thinking the exact same thing Gabriel.