Arawasi Contest #1

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Kaigun Yobi Kokudan - Yokosuka K4Y1 - video

An October 8, 1940 short clip from the NHK news collection featuring university student pilots of the "Kaigun Yobi Kokudan" (Navy Reserve Air Group) of the IJNAF. This particular group was based in Otsu city, Shiga prefecture and is seen flying Yokosuka K4Y1 Trainer Seaplanes from lake Biwa
Visible civilian registrations are: J-BBPJ, J-BEHD, J-BBPZ  and J-BEHC.
Notice that curiously the J-BBPJ registration is not included in the online civilian register or the very latest brilliant "J-BIRD" book. 
Check our past postings, here and here for more.

Monday, 15 August 2016

2016 Columbia IPMS US Nationals

Some photos of the Japanese aircraft models in the latest IPMS US Nationals very kindly sent by Allan Jeffery. Visit Allan's blog, HERE, for more photos! 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 001 - OTSUKI HAJIME

Our very good friend Otsuki-san from Kanagawa Prefecture sent over photos of some of the experimental/prototype Japanese aircraft models in his huge collection. He explained:
I picked up several Japanese Experimental Aircraft from my show case in front of me for your blog.
In the show case, there are about 400 aircraft models in 1/72, but all are prop ones.
I would like to send you some pictures of the following models, all in 1/72: 

(1) Kawasaki Ki-78 (Ken-3)   (Unlimited Air Models, aka ANLIMI –Model in Japan)

(2)  Kawasaki Ki-60 Experimental Heavy Fighter (RS Models CZ)

(3) Kawasaki Ki-64 Experimental High Speed Fighter (MPM CZ)



(4) Tachikawa  Lockheed Type-B SS-1  High –altitude Research Plane ( FE Resin & Co. CZ)


(5)  Nakajima "Saiun-Kai" C6N2 (with  Supercharger,  FUJIMI Japan)

I hope you like them.

I'm sure you will agree that the brilliant variety of subjects more than compensates for the quality of the photos.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 001 - CAMERON LOHMANN

Cameron Lohmann "Fluffysmodels" from Florida, USA built the Finemolds Mitsubishi Ka-14 (the first Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" prototype) in 1/48 specifically to participate in our contest and added: 
This kit is FANTASTIC!  It looks like the company put a great deal of work into it and I think it's the best Finemolds kit I have ever worked with.
I was worried about the color of the tail not matching with the red of the provided decals so I painted all the markings but for he stripes on the propeller.  I love how minimalist this plane looks.  It makes the inverted gull-wings really stand out.
Thank you!
- Fluffy -

Fluffy sent today, upon request, some photos without the instruction background. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 001 - ZBYSZEK MALICKI

Zbyszek Malicki from Poland would like to participate in our competition with his Mitsubishi Ki-83 in 1/72, an old (first) MPM edition of this model.
Don't forget to visit his blog for more photos, HERE.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - 60 Sentai - video


The NHK video dated June 18, 1940 talks about the bombing raids against Chongqing, the nationalist capital, without mentioning exact dates and ofcourse which bombing unit is featured. There were five raids during that month; June 6, 10, 12, 16 and 28. The video mentions that the aircraft for the bombing attacks gathered on June 10, so the footage should be either of the June 12 or the June 16 raids. The video also mentions that during the bombing raid the Japanese forces faced 30 enemy aircraft downing about 10. In any case the "Sally" unit responsible is the 60th Sentai with commander Ltn Colonel Ogawa Kojiro. The unit relocated to Yuncheng on June 3 with 51 Type 97 Heavy Bombers or Mitsubishi Ki-21 and 582 members to participate in the raids.    
The "Senshi Sosho #74: Chugoku Homen Rikugun Koku Sakusen" (Army Air Operations in the China Area) mentions that on June 12 Command Reconnaissance aircraft (most probably Ki-15s) took off from Yuncheng and Hankow airfields to reconnoitre the area over Chongqing. Upon their return and after reporting the weather and enemy airfield conditions, 36 bombers of the 60th Sentai took off.
Above Xanxian County two "Sally" bombers grazed eachother and crashed around that area. A few minutes before starting their bombing runs the 60 Sentai aircraft were jumped by 28 enemy airplanes but continued their mission and bombed the city at 14:16 from an altitude of 4000m. The Japanese claimed 13 enemy planes shot down and seven probables. The port wing of one of the Chinese aircraft hit the port wing of one of the "Sally" bombers resulting in the disintegration of the former and little damage to the latter which return to base with pieces of cloth of the enemy fighter streaming. The Japanese had 18 aircraft with bullet holes and four crew members injured.
On the 16th, 36 bombers from the 60th Sentai bombed the city from 5000m and were jumped by 37 enemy fighters, claiming nine shot down while loosing two bombers, one damaged and 22 shot at. 
During both raids IJNAF aircraft also participated but in this posting we are focusing on the video and information regarding the aircraft and units featured in it.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 001 - CALIN UNGUREANU

My name is Calin Ungureanu, I'm 47, married, father of a 10-year-old son, living in Bucharest - Romania.
I build models from 1995. I started like everybody else with WWII Germans, continued with all kind of nations and era examples. In the same time I modeled also terrestrial vehicles, navy subjects, science fiction and figures.
Apart from that I'm a painter - restorer by formation.
After my son was born, time became more and more limited and I settled for japanese 1/72 airplanes and bigger scale white metal and resin figurines. You can see my works HERE.
I'd like to take part in the contest with three models in 1/72:
1. a Mitsubishi Ki-83 from the Special Hobby kit,
2. a Kugisho R2Y1 "Keiun" from the Finemolds kit and
3. an Aichi M6A1-K "Nanzan" from Tamiya.
Thank's for the opportunity !