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Tamiya Nakajima Hayate "Frank" & Kurogane

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  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Tamiya Nakajima Hayate "Frank" & Kurogane
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 9:45 AM

Say hello to Frank, the fourth entry in my Year of the Axis Build.  The kit is a recently released Tamiya ...

... but it is not a new mold.  I'm not sure when this was first released, but the level of detail (sparse) reminded me on an old Monogram kit, like their P-40 or P-47.  Decent detail for the time but woeful by today's standards.  The fit was actually quite good considering this kit's age; the only real problem I encountered was one of my own making. When I first attached the wings, I had a fairly sizable trench along the wing roots, but as I came to find out, I didn't have the dihedral correctly established.  Once I corrected that issue, the gap went away and only needed a small bit of filler.

I built the Kurogane as well, although I tend to avoid kits including such vehicles.  Too small for my eyes, and I'm never really impressed with how they come out.

The included scenery set looks like one of those "office" golf sets, but it works for a basic display base.

Paints were all Vallejo for the exterior, and a mix of Vallejo, Tamiya, and Model Master Enamel for the interior.  The Vallejo aluminum paint went down well over a coat of black Stynylrez primer.  Weathering was just a bit of soot from one of the Tamiya weathering compound sets.  I also bought a Montex mask set for the Hasegawa Frank kit, and ended up using the hinomaru masks; the canopy mask didn't fit this kit.  One cannot tell from the photos, or even by looking at it closely, but the framing for the canopy and windscreen is actually a silver Sharpie, not the Vallejo aluminum paint. 

So here is the final build photos:

The only decals I used from the kit's decal sheet was for the IP and the tail art. This was a fun kit to build but I think I would have enjoyed the Hasegawa kit more.  

As a kid growing up, the only Japanese aircraft I ever remember getting was Monogram's Zero.  I probably built that one 4-5 times as a kid.  Contrast that with the number of German, British or American kits that were generally available here in the States in the 60s-80s.  Consequently, there has been a lot of self discovery over the years of the actual number of warbirds the Japanese had in their arsenal.  I know as a kid I was aware of aircraft with Allied code names such as Frank, Betty or George, but given that Hasegawa and Tamiya kits were generally not available here, I never figured I'd build any of these.  So when I showed Frank to my wife on Friday, her response was somewhat familiar, and pretty funny.  She said, "Nice Zero", to which I said, "That's no Zero, that's a Frank" and proceeded to explain Allied code names and that the Japanese in fact put many more aircraft than simply the Zero into the air against the Allies.

When I got back into the hobby in 1995, one of the first kits I acquired was a Nichimo release of the Aichi Val dive bomber.   That led to Tamiya's Betty, and over the years I added Japanese warbirds to my stash, but for some reason I've been slow to actually building them. I don't have a kit of every aircraft the Japanese flew, but I have a decent number.  I'd love to build another Betty, and I'd love to see a Nell in 1/48 (having built Hasegawa's 72nd scale Nell a few years ago).

Next up will likely not be a cookie cutter, if previous experience is any indication.  It will be Special Hobby's 1/48 Heinkel He 115 seaplane.  Back to the Luftwaffe.

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Posted by CaddMann05 on Monday, May 14, 2018 10:04 AM

Thumbs up! Yes

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Monday, May 14, 2018 1:03 PM

Sure looks good! May be a vintage kit, but you did well with it.

Did you use vallejo's clear coat to seal the metal finish or pledge, or some other product? I'm about to use Vallejo's acrylic metal color for the 1st time, but I hear pledge doesn't work well with it to seal it?? Just checking to see if you have any wisdom on the subject.Smile

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    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, May 14, 2018 1:18 PM
Another well done Axis build

 

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    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, May 14, 2018 1:58 PM

Mmmmm....that's purdy!!

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: Kenetics 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye 

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 14, 2018 7:36 PM

Yeah, it is an older kit, I've heard it's closer to 1/50th than 1/48th.

You've done a beautiful job on her. Love the NM finish!

 

And yes at shows I've had people refer to any Japanese single engine Second World War plane as a 'Zero'...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 8:39 PM

BrynnWryttur

Sure looks good! May be a vintage kit, but you did well with it.

Did you use vallejo's clear coat to seal the metal finish or pledge, or some other product? I'm about to use Vallejo's acrylic metal color for the 1st time, but I hear pledge doesn't work well with it to seal it?? Just checking to see if you have any wisdom on the subject.Smile

 

I actually did not apply any final clear coat on this one.  I wasn't really thinking about how the clear coat (I typically use Model Master flat clear) would interact with the Vallejo paint.  I just wanted to preserve the shine as much as possible.  

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    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, May 14, 2018 8:40 PM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my work on the Hayate.  This one was about as close to doing an old Monogram as one can get without actually doing a Monogram.  Less flash than one typically finds on a newer release of an old Monogram, maybe a little better fit but the same level of interior detailing.  Fun kit to build, which of course is the whole point of doing this, is it not?

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, May 14, 2018 9:13 PM

Talking about that Monogram zero sure brings back some memories. You’ve made a nice metallic finish on this Tamiya bird!

 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:55 PM

Turned out great! You should check out Hasegawa's Frank, it's a beaut.    

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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