Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 013

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 013 - DAN SALAMONE

1/48 Fine Molds Judy nightfighter, Yokosuka NAG. Painted with Tamiya and Gunze paints, opened canopy and used vacform parts. I built this in 2004, and remember that the fit left a lot to be desired but was a fun project anyhow.

- Dan Salamone -

Friday, 18 October 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 013

ARAWASI would like to invite you to our thirteenth online model contest.
Theme: "Japanese Night Fighters"

Submissions: Send as many photos as you like of your model and accompanying information to contact@arawasi.jp or arawasi_g2@hotmail.com. 
At the very least please send: your name and country, model scale and kit maker. Your entry will be posted very soon. You can enter the contest with more than one model in any scale.
If you decide to start a model for our contest you can send work-in-progress photos.

Voting: you can vote for each model from 1 to 10 either by leaving a comment on each entry or by sending an email to the above addresses. No anonymous votes will be taken into account (nicknames are ok). The model with the most points wins.

Deadline: December 31 (but it can be extended) 

Prizes: The winner will receive a book and a kit from our on-line store, free of any charge, courtesy of Arawasi.

*The theme for the next online model contest is "..." (leave a comment with suggestions) and will start from January.

Monday, 14 October 2019

IJAAF & IJNAF photos & more

Another photo recently on sale on the Japanese ebay, featuring a Kawasaki Ki-10 "Perry" after a landing mishap.

Unfortunately the unit marking is not visible and there was no other information about place, time etc. The stamp on the top right reads "gokuhi" (top secret).


As you probably have seen in the news, last weekend we were battered by typhoon "Haqibis". Not that bad in my area and we have experienced worse wings and rain pummeling our house. But other areas where the levees were breached were very hard hit. 
Below are two photos taken from a train of the river near our house. You can see the football fields, trees etc.


Below is a photo I took yesterday of the same area from the opposite side. The bridge in the background is where the train I took the above photos run.

BUT in all the chaos, panic and destruction, yesterday, the National Rugby Team of Japan, the "Brave Blossoms", made history beating Scotland, 28-21, in an amazing match to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Gifu Army Flying School - video

We posted a still from this particular video a few years back, HERE, so today here's the whole video excerpt, dated March 1, 1944, from the NHK collection.
The Gifu Army Flying School was organized in August 1940 at Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture. It was disbanded in March 1942. A year later, the Gifu Rikugun Koku Seibi Gakko (Army Air Maintenance School) was organized based at Kakamigahara with three kyoiku-tai (training units).
The tail marking of the unit is depicted below on a Tachikawa Ki-36 "Ida" by Zygmunt Szeremeta and was first published in our Eagle Eye #1.
Below is a close up on the tail of the "Dinah" in the video.
The time and the mention of "maintenance" in the naration indicates that the short clip was shot at Gifu Rikugun Koku Seibi Gakko.
For the uniforms of the ground crew, check HERE.
We hope you enjoy the sound of the Nakajima engine on the "Lily", getting started.  

Monday, 30 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - And the winner is...

Let's see...
Jean Barby - 10, 10, 10, 10, 8, 10, 10, 9.9, 10 Total: 9.7
Jakub Bratkowski - 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 9, 10, 10 Total: 9.9
Michael Furry - 9, 8.5, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9.5, 9.5 Total: 9
Miro Herold #1 - 8.5, 9, 8, 7, 8, 8, 8.5, 8 Total: 8.1
                       #2 - 9.5, 9, 9, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9, 9.5 Total: 9.3
Michael Thurow - 10, 8.5, 9.8, 9.5, 9.5, 9.9, 9, 10 Total: 9.5
Derek Cooper - 7, 8, 8.9, 8, 8, 8 Total: 7.9
István Tekler #1 - 10, 9.5, 10, 9.8, 10, 10, 10, 10 Total: 9.9
                        #2 - 10, 10, 10, 10, 9.8, 9.5, 10, 9.5 Total: 9.8
BaronVonRob #1 - 9, 10, 10, 9, 8.5, 9.5, 7.5, 7, 9, 10 Total: 8.9
                          #2 - 8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8, 8, 9 Total: 8.4
Shimon Halperin - 8.5, 8, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 8, 9.5, 9 Total: 8.6
Jakub Bratkowski from Poland and István Tekler from Hungary!!!
Congratulations guys! Different models, different scales, both brilliant! 
They both get a book and kit from our on-line store, free of any charge, courtesy of Arawasi.
Thank you all for your participation, comments and voting.
The theme for the next on-line model contest is "Japanese Night Fighters" and will start from October 15.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Artist - Vladimir Martinicky (8)

The latest work by Vladimir features a Navy Type 0 Reconnaissance Seaplane or Aichi E13A1 "Jake" belonging to the heavy cruiser Atago, November 1940~1941.
Wind Swords added:
This particular aircraft (JII-1) was reassigned to the heavy cruiser Chikuma in December 1941 and it along with another E13A1 from the heavy cruiser Tone (tail code JI-1) conducted a reconnaissance flight of Pearl Harbor.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

“Supercon” 2019

Fort Worth Scale Modelers
September 15th, 2019
Arlington, Texas
 Presented are a selection of Japanese aircraft models from the IPMS Fort Worth Scale Modelers show held in Arlington Texas every year in September. I apologize for the fuzzy photography in some of the shots. Sadly, the last two photos show part of a collection from a recently deceased modeler and was, unfortunately, off in a dark corner.
D. Chouinard

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - SHIMON HALPERIN

Here is my Sonia built from new Wingsy kit. The kit was all inclusive, with etch and masks. Most of the markings I preferred to paint. The excellent Arawasi book is a great reference and I made some small corrections in cockpit (removed second controls in aft cockpit - I built the bomber version and not the trainer)
Hope You like it!
- Shimon Halperin -


Thursday, 19 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - BARONVONROB

I humbly present the venerable Hasegawa/Mania Kawasaki Ki48-II Type 99 Light Bomber "Lily" 34th Flight Regiment (China 1943-44) depicted in 1/72.
Built all straight out of the box using Tamiya paint mixes, along with EZline for the radio wires, Albion Alloys brass pitot and dorsal radio loop.
- BaronVonRob-