**** DONE 1/48 Ki 61 Hein 'Tony' Maj T.Kobayashi - Aircraft of the Aces GB.

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  1. Nxthanos

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    #1 Nxthanos, Oct 30, 2011
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    Username: Nxthanos
    First name: Chris
    Category: Casual 2 (**)
    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Arii (Otaki mold)
    Model Type: Kawaski KI 61 Hein
    Details: Single seat Fighter/Interceptor
    Aircraft Assignment: Major Teruhiko Kobayashi
    Accessories: None
    Decals: Techmod

    One last build for the aces.

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    Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi started his career in the JAAF as a light bomber pilot over China. He rose to fame as a CO of the 244 Sentai defending the skies over Tokyo in 1944/45. Kobayashi's final credit is 14 (20?) kills, most of them B-29s, and although formally not a "shinten" pilot, he scored his 6th victory on January 27, 1945, by ramming a Superfortress. For this merit he received the Bukosho Medal of Honour. He flew several different Hien and the very fact that the many markings of his aircraft are well documented is a confirmation of his popularity.
     
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    The Arii kit is an Otaki repop from the late 1970s and holds up pretty well.

    Let's see what we have got:
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    The Major's plane is included in the techmod decals I bought for this kit, and include cammo and canopy masks.
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    Should be good.
     
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    Yep.....
     
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    Looks like a big job..... Interesting, too.

    Charles
     
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    Which one Chris, Red 24 or blue 24?
     
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    looks an alright kit, another type i would like for my stash
     
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    I think its blue 24, seems more snazzy to me!
     
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    Should be good, looking forward to the build.
     
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    #10 Wayne Little, Nov 1, 2011
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    good call sir! :)

    This nice clear shot should prove useful....

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    Been so busy this week I haven't had much of a go yet on this little guy, did gloss cote the decals and have been considering how i will do the camo on an all metal finish.

    It seems a good bet the metal will not be shining silver on an active duty fighter nor would it be overly worn on a home defense aircraft, so it will be something in between. I have been thinking i might do the decaling of the lines and meatballs and then do the green as it could be easier that way.

    Right now nothing is decided, I did find good shots of the interior of a Tony, it seems its green with a blue instrument panel.
     
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    Very cool! Such a beautiful aircraft.
     
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    Today's update;

    Did the prelim painting, including the pilot and cockpit interior.

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    the interior is green with a panel matalic blue.
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    Coming along nicely.
     
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    Today's update;

    I suddenly realized Japanese pilots had green parachute straps, so the lil maj got them added quickly!
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    The cockpit, engine a fuslegae are assembled, I did little work inside as i knew the pilot would block the view in there.
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    next the wings were built, and i made an odd mistake and didn't notice one woith was misaligned! I had to pry them apart and do it again, no harm done.
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    next the wing is joined to the fuselage, and its a tribute to Otaki's engineers, the wing fit nearly seemlessly, no putty needed at all, a relief!
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    Doin' good mate!
     
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    Off to a nice start, was busy today so got nothing done.

    Want to hit it with silver soon.
     
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    Nothing much to report, sprayed it with silver today, its drying, pictures when its dry.
     
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    I see you have been hard at it Chris while I've been away. Looks like this is the next cab of the ranks, nice choice too.
     
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    Today's update;

    Sprayed the plane with rustoleum, a US paint that gives a nice natural metal look. The cockpit was covered as was the tail which will be red.

    Camo is next.

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