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Completed 2/14/18 Valentine Day Tamiya 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)

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Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, February 12, 2018 11:21 PM

Good work on the camo paint job. Coming along very well indeed. Did you use a combination of hand brushing and air brushing on this aircraft or is it all airbrushed?

Mike

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:46 AM

fotofrank

Yeah, I've built a few Phantom Mustangs over the years. Even built Monogram's 1/32 scale P-51D and put the Phantom Mustang guts in it so the finished kit would look like a Mustang being serviced.

 

Oh, Wow!  That is very cool.  Especially flipping the two Mustangs, I would have never even think of that.  You should have done a WIP.  Thank you very much for this conversation.  It’s greatly appreciciated!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:45 AM

1943Mike

Good work on the camo paint job. Coming along very well indeed. Did you use a combination of hand brushing and air brushing on this aircraft or is it all airbrushed?

 

Thank you 1943Mike!  On this build the interior was hand brushed.  The entire exterior was AB.  I used Vallejo Metal Color Chrome 77.707 for the NMF.  I then used Vallejo Camoflauge Olive Green 70.894 for the mottling.

The Vallejo Metal Color Chrome (NMF) was shot between 15psi to 12psi.  The Vallejo Camouflage Olive Green was shot between 8psi to 5psi.  The Vallejo Metal Color Chrome was shot straight out of the bottle as it’s AB ready.  The Vallejo Camouflage Olive Green was mixed with Vallejo AB Thinner 71.261 at a ratio of 60% paint 40% thinner.

I needed to make the Vallejo Camouflage Olive Green on the slightly thicker side as I couldn’t afford to have the pigment run.  With the 60%-40% mixture, the pigment bind and held on the NMF.  That was the issue with the NMF, I could not get the mottle to stick to the NMF.  That was a huge challenge.  

Thank you for your interest and support in this project, it’s greatly appreciated!

Your friend, Toshi

 P.S.  The entire aircraft was then sprayed with Testors Lacquer Clear Coat to prevent any scratching of the mottle.

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:13 AM

Toshi that camo looks great. thats a tough one to tackle you did well

  

 Nick.

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:49 AM

crown r n7

Toshi that camo looks great. thats a tough one to tackle you did well

 

Thank you crown r n7!  This was the most challenging free hand AB I’ve ever attempted to this point.  It was very exciting and fun to do once I got the paint ratio dialed in.  Thank you so very much for your read and reply.

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:59 PM

Decal application in progress.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:12 PM

Completed!

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:33 PM

That is fantastic Toshi!!  Ace work!  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 6:57 PM

Nice finish!

I must admit though that when I click on the pictures I'm a bit distracted by the cute Asian girls Big Smile. It may just be that those ads are for those of us who don't have a PostImage account but I don't know....Wink

Mike

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Hector Berlioz

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:01 PM

Way to go Toshi on a awesome job on a tricky camo finish

  

 Nick.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:36 PM
Fantastic job as always.

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:26 AM

mmthrax

That is fantastic Toshi!!  Ace work!  Yes

 

Thank you so very much for the kind words mmthrax!  I feel the mottle technique with the AB still needs to be dialed in better.  More practice is needed.  But all in all, this build was most pleasurable.  I really enjoyed the process of the building around the Visible/Clear fuselage.  

This build had several challenging characteristic.  The mottle was one.  Then the decals were on the thick side.  The Visible/Clear fuselage ie: glueing around the fuselage, finger prints, making sure that the seams were spot on, etc.

Your friend Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:41 AM

1943Mike

Nice finish!

I must admit though that when I click on the pictures I'm a bit distracted by the cute Asian girls Big Smile. It may just be that those ads are for those of us who don't have a PostImage account but I don't know....Wink

 

Thank you 1943Mike!  I still feel that the mottle was on the sloppy side and that I need to be a little more focused to convey the proper mottle design.  Some areas looks ok and some areas looked just outright sloppy.

All in all this was a great build and I had fun.  Being it a Tamiya kit, everything just literally snapped together.  I especially enjoyed the Visible/Clear fuselage.  It was challenging to build around it and yet it was most pleasureable to assemble. 

As for the Asian girls, lol!  I do have a free account and they do not acquire my space to post and or to click on for a larger image.  I do get Russian blond girls wanting to get married and come to America.  Although these are rare and not too bothersome to the eye.  lol!  Mrs. Toshi told me to make sure the blond girl I pick to get married to has a lot of money!  lol!  Thank you for the read and reply!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:55 AM

crown r n7

Way to go Toshi on a awesome job on a tricky camo finish

 

Thank you so very much for the kind words.  You’ve been a great supporter of my builds and am most appriciative of this fact.  The camoflauge was the most challenging AB I’ve ever done.  To me, it needs to be more focused of this issue, some areas looked fine while other areas were quite on the sloppy side.

But we as modelers seem to be our most stern critics of our own builds!  So I must use this example of the Ki-61 mottle as a great and fantastic learning experience.  My next build counts on this, it’s a Me109 G-6.  The German mottle is just as difficult if not more difficult then the “Tony”.  This is due to the fact that some times it requires different color schemes to make up the paint scheme.  

I am very greatfull for your continued support in my projects.  Thank you very much for the read and reply!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:06 AM

Chemteacher
Fantastic job as always.
 

Thank you so very much for the very kind words Chemteacher.  I try to do my best but on this project, the mottle needs to be more focused and not so sloppy on some sections of the AB areas.  

Other than that issue, Tamiya has engineered another great aircraft kit.  I thouroughlly enjoyed this build as everything literally just snapped together without any issues nor concern.  Even being careful on my part with the seams was a joyous celebration on my part.  

Thank you so very much for the read and reply.  It’s greatly appreciated.

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:46 AM
Very nice finish Toshi.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:23 AM

The transparent version gives a view to the seldom seen areas of a model. 

I wish they would do the same for armor subjects as in the Takom King Tiger or the Rye Fields Tiger I that I recently purchased. Both have super detailed interiors but once covered up..... Crying

Very cool looking Toshi.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:22 AM

1943Mike

Nice finish!

I must admit though that when I click on the pictures I'm a bit distracted by the cute Asian girls Big Smile. It may just be that those ads are for those of us who don't have a PostImage account but I don't know....Wink

 

That's a good point. :giggles:  My wife was walking behind me the last time I was looking at one of your updates and noticed all the girls and was wondering the real reason I was looking at a "model airplane".

Good show Toshi!! It all came together well it looks like buddy.

 

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:09 AM

 Nice job Toshi.  

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:30 AM

tempestjohnny
Very nice finish Toshi.
 

Thank you tempestjohnny!  I feel that my mottle technique has a way to go.  It seems sloppy in some areas and just ok in other sections of the Ki-61.  But overall I had a fantastic time building this kit.  Thank you for the support, read and reply.

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:38 AM

plasticjunkie

The transparent version gives a view to the seldom seen areas of a model. 

I wish they would do the same for armor subjects as in the Takom King Tiger or the Rye Fields Tiger I that I recently purchased. Both have super detailed interiors but once covered up..... Crying

Very cool looking Toshi.

 

Thank you plasticjunkie.  The coolest part of the build was the Visible/Clear fuselage.  The viewing of the interior design and engineering of the Ki-61 was the key to it‘s “Wow” factor.

Although I must admit, it was very challenging to do the Clear/Visible fuselage.  Things like fingerprints and paint marks are just some of the issues that arises.  

Overall, it was a great kit to build.  I really had fun building this kit!  Thank you plasticjunkie for your support, read and reply!

Your friend, Toshi

P.S.  I didn’t know armour vehicle kits did not have Clear/Visible pieces in the kit.  That’s a shame not to be able to see all that detail.

 

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:46 AM

mustang1989

 

 
1943Mike

Nice finish!

I must admit though that when I click on the pictures I'm a bit distracted by the cute Asian girls Big Smile. It may just be that those ads are for those of us who don't have a PostImage account but I don't know....Wink

 

 

 

That's a good point. :giggles:  My wife was walking behind me the last time I was looking at one of your updates and noticed all the girls and was wondering the real reason I was looking at a "model airplane".

 

Good show Toshi!! It all came together well it looks like buddy.

 

Please except my appolagy in this matter.  This is one site that I’m able to utilize the iOS system.  Again, I’m so sorry that your wife was upset.

Thank you for the kind words.  I’m most humbled.  Also thank you for the support and read and reply.

Your friend, Toshi 

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:53 AM

scottrc

 Nice job Toshi.  

 

Thank you scottrc!  I feel that my mottle was a bit sloppy in some areas and just ok in other sections of the fuselage.  More focus and practice is needed.  I think I must apply myself more diligently.  

Other than that, I had an extremely fun time building this kit especially with the Clear/Visible piece that was the key factor in this build.  Thank you once again scottrc for your continued support, read and replies!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, February 15, 2018 9:32 AM

Well done, Toshi. That turned out very very nice. I love that scheme, it's easily the scheme I like most of all the Japanese planes. Again, very nice work.

BK

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:24 AM

BrandonK

Well done, Toshi. That turned out very very nice. I love that scheme, it's easily the scheme I like most of all the Japanese planes. Again, very nice work.

BK

 

Thank you BrandonK!  Your words are too kind, I’m most humbled.  The paint scheme is my favorite too like you mentioned.  I also like the scheme color for the Zeros during the Pearl Harbor/Midway campaign.  

My mottle came out sloppy in some areas and just ok in other parts of the aircraft.  I need more practice, my next build is a Me109 G-6.  This build should help me to focus on my mottle technique.  Thank you for the support, and encouragement, it means a great deal to me coming from such an esteemed FSM forum member like you.

Humbly yours, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:48 AM

Toshi
 
mustang1989

 

 
1943Mike

Nice finish!

I must admit though that when I click on the pictures I'm a bit distracted by the cute Asian girls Big Smile. It may just be that those ads are for those of us who don't have a PostImage account but I don't know....Wink

 

 

 

That's a good point. :giggles:  My wife was walking behind me the last time I was looking at one of your updates and noticed all the girls and was wondering the real reason I was looking at a "model airplane".

 

Good show Toshi!! It all came together well it looks like buddy.

 

 

 

Please except my appolagy in this matter.  This is one site that I’m able to utilize the iOS system.  Again, I’m so sorry that your wife was upset.

 

Thank you for the kind words.  I’m most humbled.  Also thank you for the support and read and reply.

Your friend, Toshi 

 

LOL! She wasn't that upset Toshi!!! She was just ribbin' be a little. No worries pal. Wink

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:43 PM

Oh, ok.  No problems.  I understand now.  Thank you my friend.

Humbly yours, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:54 PM

Very nice built Toshi. The camo job is particularly impressive!

In the queue: 1/48 Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b

 

Chris

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:26 PM

ChrisJH666

Very nice built Toshi. The camo job is particularly impressive!

 

Thank you very much for the kind words ChrisJH666.  The camoflauge mottle in my humble opinion was a bit sloppy in some areas and just ok in other sections.  I guess as modelers, we are very hard on ourselves/builds.  

Gamera said on the Japanese Group Build thread in that it was a very difficult paint scheme and that I did a good job for what it was.  My next build of which is a Trumpeter 1/32 Me 109 G-6 will require the mottle paint scheme.  This will be a great reprieve as well as require on my growing mottle technique.  

Thank you sir for visiting my Tamiya 1/48 Kawasaki Hien “Tony” thread.  It is greatly appreciated!  

Your friend, Toshi

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Posted by Model Maniac on Friday, February 16, 2018 8:13 AM

Toshi

Completed!

 

 

 

 

 

That is so beautiful, Toshi! Congratulations!

Now that you've finished this one, what will you build next?

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