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1/48 Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien 244th Sentai (in-progress and completed)

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1/48 Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien 244th Sentai (in-progress and completed)
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 3:33 AM

Hello folks, I figured I'd share my recently completed project, the Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61.  After the challenging Helldiver, the third Dauntless I've had the pleasure to build in a 6 month span (sarcasm) and now a 1/32 B-25 coming up next, I needed something simple and a bit different.  This was the ticket and it's been a while since I've done a Japanese subject. The Ki-61 was basically Japan's attempt at copying the Bf 109.  It's engine is a copy of the German DB601.  It's my understanding it had similar performance too.  

I wanted something a little different than the common NMF with green dot subjects (ie the cover art).  I came across one of Teruhiko Kobayashi's 244th Sentai machines which was green over natural metal (below) with a red tail.  I decided to build this subject which showed 9 B-29 and 2 Hellcat kills on the port side. 

The cockpits on these were apparently painted a yellowish brown color.  I used XF-59 Desert Yellow with a touch of XF-49 Khaki added to brown it up.  The pit is great out of the box with nice detail.  Tamiya also does a nice job calling out paint colors.  I added a zoom instrument panel and seatbelts.  

 

 

A quick test fit.  Like all recent Tamiya releases, everything fit perfectly. I may just build recent Tamiya kits for the rest of this life. 

All markings, to include the blue and white stripes, have been painted on.  I continue to experiment with AK chipping fluid.  This is very easy too overdo, however, Japanese subjects are the perfect test bed because you can't really overdo it.  I concentrated around the prop, wing leading edge and port wing root.  The green was a custom mix with XF-58 Olive Green and a bit of XF-57 Khaki.   

I experimented with Tamiya XF-7 Red to try for a faded look on the tail, particularly the control surfaces.  This was achieved by adding varying degrees of XF-2 White.  The key was to stop before it turned pink.  The 244th sentai symbol on the tail was done with a Montex stencil. It was fragile and a bit tricky to get in place but worked pretty well.  

Underside is Alclad Aluminum. 

That's about it. I plan to do more of these.  Kobayashi was the commander of the 244th Sentai, which was the most successful aerial defense unit of Japan.  He was also the youngest to be given command and in January of 1945, he downed a B-29 by ramming it. He would survive the war.

  

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 26, 2020 3:39 AM

Fantastic build Joe

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:28 AM

tempestjohnny

Fantastic build Joe

 

Thanks Johnny 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, December 26, 2020 8:06 AM

Awesome build. I really like The chipping effect and it's a wonderful scheme. The blue stripe, red tail and yellow leading edge really pop. Congrats. 

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Posted by Jasper on Saturday, December 26, 2020 8:36 AM

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing it.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 12:17 PM

Well done, Joe!

John

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:34 PM

Hoss WA

Awesome build. I really like The chipping effect and it's a wonderful scheme. The blue stripe, red tail and yellow leading edge really pop. Congrats. 

 

Thanks Hoss

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:34 PM

Jasper

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing it.

 

Thank you 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:35 PM

jeaton01

Well done, Joe!

 

Thank you

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Posted by damouav on Saturday, December 26, 2020 6:04 PM

Season greetings Joe.

Great work as always.

And Happy New Year, and here's hoping 2021 will deilvery a better outcome than this year has.

Damian

In Progress
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (on hold)
Pending
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 6:27 PM

damouav

Season greetings Joe.

Great work as always.

And Happy New Year, and here's hoping 2021 will deilvery a better outcome than this year has.

Damian

 

Thanks Damian. I hope your doing well.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:04 PM

Great work LD.  You're right, perfect testbed for chipping. 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, December 26, 2020 11:54 PM

Another outstanding build, Joe. Your work always impresses me.

Funny thing, I've been messing with mine a bit this week. It's a phenomenal kit right out of the box, isn't it? 

To replicate the cockpit color I used Dark yellow with a brown wash that turned out almost as nice as yours. I'm almost ready for some primer on mine. I'm going to be brave and attempt that NMF with spots, box art, scheme and see if I can do it justice.

Again, magnificent finish, Joe. 

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:59 AM

beautiful build of a beautiful plane!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:08 AM

Mopar Madness

Great work LD.  You're right, perfect testbed for chipping. 

 

Thanks Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:10 AM

M. Brindos

Another outstanding build, Joe. Your work always impresses me.

Funny thing, I've been messing with mine a bit this week. It's a phenomenal kit right out of the box, isn't it? 

To replicate the cockpit color I used Dark yellow with a brown wash that turned out almost as nice as yours. I'm almost ready for some primer on mine. I'm going to be brave and attempt that NMF with spots, box art, scheme and see if I can do it justice.

Again, magnificent finish, Joe. 

 

Thanks Mike. Outstanding out of the box. One of the best so far. I hope you put yours on here. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:10 AM

keavdog

beautiful build of a beautiful plane!

 

Thanks Keav

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:59 AM

Still knockin' em dead with these builds of yours Joe. Masterful work brutha! 

                   

 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, December 27, 2020 1:52 PM
Beautiful job. Your weathering and fading are incredible. Nicely done.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 27, 2020 6:18 PM

LD, question about the chipping fluid.  After you laid down the aluminum, I beleive that's when you sprayed the chipping fluid.  Do you let the chipping fluid completely cure before you apply the surface color?  Do you let the surface color completely cure before you wet and "chip"?

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by knox on Sunday, December 27, 2020 6:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful, both inside and out!!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, December 28, 2020 1:25 AM

mustang1989

Still knockin' em dead with these builds of yours Joe. Masterful work brutha! 

 

Thanks bud.  Nice to see you lurkin' in these here parts again.  i hope your doing well.   

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, December 28, 2020 1:25 AM

Chemteacher
Beautiful job. Your weathering and fading are incredible. Nicely done.
 

Thank you

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, December 28, 2020 1:34 AM

Mopar Madness

LD, question about the chipping fluid.  After you laid down the aluminum, I beleive that's when you sprayed the chipping fluid.  Do you let the chipping fluid completely cure before you apply the surface color?  Do you let the surface color completely cure before you wet and "chip"?

 

Yep, when the fluid is dry, I spray the camo.  I usually chip it pretty much immediately after spraying as in this case, the Tamiya paint dried very quickly.  I use a wet stubby bristled paint brush (I use an old Testors one with the white handle) and scrub it for the desired effect.  The water activates the fluid under the paint and it comes up. You can use a blunt toothpick for smaller chips.  Tape will pull it off too, like where I had the yellow leading edges taped off for painting. That's mostly from tape removal.      

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, December 28, 2020 1:34 AM

knox

Absolutely beautiful, both inside and out!!

 

Thanks Knox

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 28, 2020 11:27 PM

lawdog114

 

 
mustang1989

Still knockin' em dead with these builds of yours Joe. Masterful work brutha! 

 

 

 

Thanks bud.  Nice to see you lurkin' in these here parts again.  i hope your doing well.   

 

Thanks Joe. Looks like I'll be around these parts again with some fair consistency. Seems like everything takes me 15 times longer than it should to get completed and all but I do have fun building. I finally feel halfway comfortable with my painting skills enough to tackle another aircraft build. We'll see how it all goes.Stick out tongue

                   

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:22 AM

Beautiful work Joe! Did you paint the hinomarus?

Steve

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:10 AM

Your usual friggin' museum quality Joe! Beautiful!!! Heart

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:48 AM

Well done 

 .Nick

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, January 7, 2021 9:20 AM

Beautiful finish, Joe!

I haven't built the kit but I've gotten to see it in the box, and I agree with you, I could just build new Tamiya kits for the rest of my time.

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