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REVIEW
1:48 Ki-27
Merlin
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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 11:37 AM UTC
Russ Amott reviews Hasegawa's re-released quarterscale Ki-27, now in a a limited edition complete with a new resin figure.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
GastonMarty
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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 12:14 PM UTC

This is an incredibly well-made and well detailed kit. The engraved and rivet detail is superior to anything that has been done since in 1:48th scale, and rivals some current 1:32 scale riveting in subtlety.

This kit would greatly benefit from the canopy set from Falcon/Squadron, because althought the kit canopy is accurate and clear, the telescopic sight in the windshield makes the plastic's excessive thickness obvious, and this is compounded by an incorrect "slot" opening under the telescope to allow easy assembly, the scope being something which should be instead be fitted directly into a simple hole...

The extreme smallness of the canopy also makes any thickness issue stand out...

Note the only real outline problem of this kit is the angle of the leading edge of the fin which is a bit too sloped. A small amount of trimming should be very easy to do without major damage..

Gaston

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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 01:14 PM UTC
Rowan, thanks for getting this up. Hey, 10200 more posts and I'll catch up to you.
Marty, thanks for the info. I agree on the rivet detail. Very fine. The kit deserves some modern TLC from Hasegawa to fix up the sprues a little.
Roxter
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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 08:03 PM UTC
The review is good overall, but I was expecting to see some information on decals + colour schemes and better quality detail pictures.
NickZour
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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 02:12 AM UTC
That's a really interestin subject


Cheers Nick
russamotto
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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 02:07 PM UTC
Arseny, sorry about the lack of detail on the decals and paint schemes. Overall color is IJA Gray. The online debates about the color are extensive and the exact color is a little confusing. Some say close to Tamiya IJA Gray, and others say it should be more of a sage green.

Marking schemes for the first aircraft are yellow bands on the fuselage and wings and a yellow arrow on the tail. The second option has a red arrow on the tail and a red band diagonally on the fuselage and wings. The third option has yellow bands on the fuselage, but more narrow than on the first, and yellow bands on the wings. The decals appear cleanly printed, but built kits refer to them being a little thick.

I haven't yet painted and applied the decals as the weather has been too cold and windy.

Nick, I'm glad you like the subject.
Roxter
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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 08:23 PM UTC
Russ, thanx for update. I've also read about the thick decals, that's I was looking for the colour schemes - hoping they can be easily painted with masks.

Thanks anyway for your efforts!
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Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 05:15 PM UTC
Hi Russ,

I appreciate the review--even more so as you built the model! Looking forward to her painted and decaled.

I built this little model long ago, and have another in the works. True as you reported, the detail is a little basic compared to today's latest-greatest, but still competitive. Here she is: