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Otaki/Arii 1/48 Ki-43 Hayabusa

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Otaki/Arii 1/48 Ki-43 Hayabusa
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 8:53 PM

So here is my completed Otaki Arii 1/48 Ki-43 Hayabusa, first released in 1972. I added details into the cockpit, main wheels, wheel wells, and oil cooler, as well as replacing the single piece kit canopy with a vacuform canopy by Falcon. Paints are Tamiya lacquer and Gunze Aqueous. Decals are from Aeromaster for a Ki-43 II of the 77th Hiko Sentai, 2nd Chutai in Hollandia New Guinea, January-April 1944 flown by a Capt. Matsuo. Externally the kit is pretty nice, but all the areas that I mentioned above need help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking, comments & critiques are welcome ;)

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 10:37 PM

Great build Carlos and quite the intricate camo.  Well done.

Thanks,

John

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 11:23 AM

That really captures the somewhat unique lines of the original. Nicely done and well photographed.

 

Bill

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 5:37 PM

Great looking model, Carlos!

John

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 7:02 PM

Great job on the mottled camo

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 8:29 PM

Thanks guys! In the end, this turned out as hoped for.

John & Tony, doing the camo with an airbrush was one of the most enjoyable parts of the building & finishing process. At the end of the airbrush session it was that "oh yeah" feeling Wink

Bill, thank you. I have a good coach for my phtography... and yes, the Ki-43 did have some sleek unique lines. From overhead, due to the trailing edges, it almost looks like the wings have a slight forward sweep.

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 10:17 PM

Nice build and camo job Stik! Done a couple camos like that in the past. They are very gratifying aren't they?

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 10:52 PM

fox

Nice build and camo job Stik! Done a couple camos like that in the past. They are very gratifying aren't they?

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 

Thanks Jim! And YES, this sort of camo is quite gratifying when it comes out right! I will add a big shout out to Patrick206 here who sent me the airbrush that I used on this. Man  do I love that airbrush and I am ever so thankful for his kindness on that gift!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 30, 2024 8:58 AM

Beautiful build, Stik! I especially like that it's an older kit and your work really shows that they can be finished as well as any contempory kit.

Best regards,

Brad

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    September 2017
  • From: Roanoke Virginia
Posted by Strongeagle on Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:16 AM

stikpusher
Externally the kit is pretty nice, but all the areas that I mentioned above need help.

To describe my reaction to this build I went to a thesaurus to find a better word than "wonderful".  I found 66 different descriptive words and they ALL apply.  The help you gave this dated and pretty nice kit certainly worked. The camouflage alone is a treat to look at.  I'm working on a Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 that needs mottled camouflage thats been sitting on my bench for three weeks while I get up the courage to airbrush the spots on it knowing that I'm going to botch the job.  You have given me inspiration to get it done.  Thank you for the great Hayabusa and the pictures too.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:30 AM

Brad & Strongeagle, thank you.

Brad, I do wish that old Hans vonHammer was still around on this site. He was a huge champion of this sort of project.

Strong, all I can say is "do it" with the camo on your SM-81. Just have a "practice " surface nearby to fine tune your airbrush and paint settings on first.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:43 AM

A beautiful build in every sense of the word Carlos. And dude......that camo work........WOW!!! I love taking on difficult camo schemes but like we were talking elsewhere, there's still the BIG one on the bucket list...

Ju-88 with deep blue color?

 

                   

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Posted by Edwin on Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:55 AM

Excellent build and photography, Stik!

Being of that vintage, did the kit come with raised panel lines or engraved? Or did you rescribe the panel lines?

If the panel lines are raised, how did you accentuate them?

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 30, 2024 6:11 PM

Excellent work all around including your improvements, but the cherry on top is the camouflage, exceptional my friend!

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:56 PM

Many thanks guys!

Joe, youre cheating on my bucket list "to do" scheme. One of these days....

Edwin, this kit actually has recessed rivets and panel lines. Otaki was way ahead of the curve when they molded this in 1972. I accented the recessed detail by using a home made sludge wash. Pastel chalk, water, and a drop of dishwashing soap. It's extremely easy to make and use. This was the first time I had done so, and am now sold on the stuff. 

Ben, the camo was fun to apply. After that airbrush session, that's when I knew that this was gonna turn out all right. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, May 31, 2024 7:35 AM

stikpusher

Many thanks guys!

Joe, youre cheating on my bucket list "to do" scheme. One of these days....

LOL!! Sorry Carlos.....6LnXAP

                   

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, May 31, 2024 8:15 AM

stikpusher

Many thanks guys!

Joe, youre cheating on my bucket list "to do" scheme. One of these days....

LOL!! Sorry Carlos.....6LnXAP

                   

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 3, 2024 7:59 PM

Beautiful job SP! Yes, the Arii/Otaki kits are still little gems. Maybe Hasegawa and Tamiya have superseeded them but they're still worth building! 

And sorry, I've been having issues getting on the site. 

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:57 AM

Thanks Gamera! Yes, I do like the old Otaki/Arii 1/48 kits... great bang for the buck in them.

And you & everyone else having problems getting on here lately.... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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