Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ROB RONCONI

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.
- Rob Ronconi -

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ISTVAN TEKLER #2

My second entry is a Hasegawa 1/72 Mitsubishi Ki-67 "Hiryu" (Peggy). This is a much better detailed kit than the "Donryu". As there is always room for improvement, I used an Eduard PE set and a few scratch built parts. This time the lower hatch of the nose was opened. I managed to cut it off without ruining the rest of the clear part. All the markings are painted.
This plane belonged to the 61st Sentai in 1945.
Thanks again for your votes.
- István Tekler -

Monday, 16 September 2019

IJAAF & IJNAF photos & more

A photo I recently discovered on-sale on the Japanese Ebay.
The Navy pilot wears a Model 1929 (Showa 4) uniform. From 1926 until 1929 various uniforms from overseas were tested and this one used a water-proof fabric and zippers imported from France (Japanese didn't manufacture at the time).This design became the basis for all following Navy pilot uniforms. The color was "gray brown".
The seaplane looks to be a Yokosuka E1Y but I have my doubts. What do you think?   

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ISTVAN TEKLER #1

I’m sending my first entry to the contest, Hasegawa 1/72 Nakajima Ki-49 II "Donryu" (Hellen). I tried to improve the interior with some scratch built parts and structural details. Lacking references, Ki-21 and Ki-67 interiors were used as guidelines. To show the extra details, I wanted to open the hatch over the cockpit, so I cut this off. Due to the thick clear parts, it was quite difficult and ended up with damaged panels surrounding the open hatch. After a few days relax, I tried to replace the canopy frames with styrene strips and the clear panels with white glue. Finally it turned out to be acceptable.
I wasn’t satisfied with the engine exhausts, so cut them out and replaced with resin parts (1/48 Hayabusa exhausts - don’t tell anyone). Wheel bay doors were way too thick so these were replaced with scratched parts. The shape of the oil coolers below the engines were also modified, to look closer to the original ones.
This example belonged to the 74th Sentai and probably destroyed in the Philippines in the end of 1944. I wasn’t sure about the colour of the underside and painted it NMF, however they might have been light grey.
Thanks everyone for voting.

- István Tekler, Hungary -

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Artist - Vladimir Martinicky (7)

The latest work by Vladimir features a Navy Type 94 Reconnaissance Seaplane or Kawanishi E7K2 "Alf".
A photo of this floatplane is on p.36 of FAOW#47. According to the caption the photo was taken on the first half of 1942, in Singapore, Seletar port. The "Alf" belongs to the cruiser Kashii, flagship of the 1st South Fleet. The tail marking UI-1 was used from December 1941 until June 1942.
The combined fleet site mentions:
11 April 1942:
Singapore. KASHII is assigned as the flagship of Vice Admiral Ozawa's First Southern Expeditionary Fleet, Malay Force. Assigned guardship duties.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

934 Kokutai "Rufe"

There is a discussion in the comments regarding the 934Ku "Rufe" with the inazuma (lightning) on the fuselage. There is a series of good photos in the fairly recently published "Nankai no Umiwashi" by Dai Nippon Kaiga, available from our on-line bookstore here
Unfortunately I can't scan the photo without destroyng my copy so instead I'll post the artwork by Nishikawa Yoshinobu which is accurate in every respect except perhaps the hues of each color.
As you can see the tail marking is in yellow, the fuselage hinomaru have a darker surround, the wing top hinomaru have a white surround, the wing undersurface hinomaru have no surround.
It has very narrow IFF stripes on the wing leading edges.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe" by JanVoorbij

Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2, recce plane and fighter of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 934th Kokutai, based at Halong seaplane base, Ambon Island, Dutch East Indies, September 1943 (Hasegawa - No. AP153 - 1:72).
The fuel truck is an Isuzu TX-40, like the "Rufe", from another Hasegawa kit. The same goes for the personnel and the oil drums.
- Jan Voorbij -


Friday, 30 August 2019

Heads up!

For the latest issue of "Avions" - September/October issue - featuring a quite interesting article by Bernard Baeza with profiles by Thierry Dekker entitled: "La Chasse De L'Armee Imperial Japonaise Aux Philippines" (The Fighters of the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines). 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

IJAAF & IJNAF photos & more

As before, two more photos from the 15th Naval Construction Battalion book. I left the original captions on.
First up is a very well known Mitsubishi "Betty". Wiki explains:
Japanese Surrender Delegation
On 19 August 1945, two B-25Js of the 345th Bombardment Group and 80th Fighter Squadron P-38 Lightnings escorted two Japanese Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bombers. The Japanese aircraft carried a delegation from Tokyo en route to Manila to meet General MacArthur's staff to work out details of the surrender.
The Betty bombers were painted white with green crosses on the wings, fuselage and vertical tail surface and use the call signs Bataan I and Bataan II. After the delegation landed at Ie Shima, they boarded a C-54 Skymaster and were flown to Manila. After the meeting, they returned to Ie Shima. One of the two Bettys crashed on its way back to Japan out of fuel, due to an incorrect conversion of liters to gallons when the bombers were refueled. The crew were helped by a local fisherman, and returned to Tokyo by train.
More photos can be found HERE and a much more detailed description of the events can be found in Giuseppe "Joe" Picarella's book "Japanese Experimental Transport Aircraft of the Pacific War"
The second photo though, is often misidentified as showing the above mentioned Japanese delegation. They are actually members of the Japanese delegation that signed the surrender of Ryukyu Islands on September 7, 1945. But more about this on our forthcoming book, here...
...which gives me the chance for an update.
We started to put together all the material we had gathered over the years last summer and we were hopping to finish the publication in 6-8 months. We were planning to include only a summary of the history of each sentai and at that time the deadline seemed workable. Unfortunately for the deadline and fortunately for us and our readers, we came upon a treasure trove of material we never thought could be available or even existed; official unit histories. While checking on-line in the inter-library data base we discovered only one copy of the official history of the 60th Sentai in a library in...Germany! We were disappointed but kept working with what we had. During a visit to the Aviation Library in Tokyo and while checking in the civilian aviation section...VOILA! a copy of the 60 Sentai history book, not registered in their on-line catalogue.
This discovery opened new possibilities and within two months we were able to locate unit histories of most of the jubakutai (heavy bomber units) flying "Sally" and Br.20 bombers. We are now very close to finish the "In-Action" part of our new Eagle Eye which will include a VERY detailed account of ALL the sentai equipped with Ki-21s and Br.20s, with A LOT of original material, veteran accounts and more. Unfortunately the text of the whole chapter is at the moment running at 90 pages, more than the whole Eagle Eye #2 which means this one is gonna be a BIG one.
We're now working 24/7 to finish it by the end of the year. So, stay tuned!

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

What-if Nipponki '46: "Shusui" on catapult

A rather interesting small model in 1/72 was recently on-sale on the Japanese Ebay. A Mitsubishi J8M2 "Shusui" placed on a catapult. The modeler wrote he was inspired by a Japanese novel mentioning that such a configuration was tested on the carrier "Shinano". Considering the very short flight time, only 2 and half minutes, it could be useful as an interceptor but taking off from an aircraft carrier? To intercept what? Dive or torpedo bombers? And then landing with her sledge on the carrier deck? Hmmm....
The "Kikka" could have been more suitable as a carrier fighter and bomber.