Friday, 30 June 2017

"Okinawa 1945" colour - video

Perhaps you've seen these videos before, perhaps you haven't. In any case, here they are.
I found them on YouTube, HERE, and the source as they explain is the ROMANO-ARCHIVES'.
And here's the link one more time:
 Let's see some interesting stills.
A Mitsubishi Ki-51 "Sonia". Note the gun camera mount on the wing.

Another "Sonia" of an unknown unit.

"Sonia" and Tachikawa Ki-36 "Ida"

"Sonia" canopy and cockpit
And a surprise; a Mitsubishi Ki-109. This video was taken at the Kurume airfield, Fukuoka prefecture. The particular type was used from that airfield to escort ships travelling between Shimonoseki and Busan in Korea. It was designed as an interceptor but the performance left much to be desired so most of them were set aside to be used in attacks against the Japan mainland invasion fleet. 

These two stills below show the tail gun of a "Hiryu", perhaps the tail of the above Ki-109.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tachikawa Ki-94-I RC by "Josef"

Fantastic model and brilliant video I found HERE. Unfortunately the full name of the modeller is not mentioned. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Aichi E16A1 "Zuiun" in 1/1

The Aichi E16A1 "Zuiun" (Paul) in 1/1 we first saw during the Shizuoka Hobby Show is ready and is on display in Fuji-Q Highland amusement park from June 17 until July 30. 
Below is the poster ("Super Multi Sea Plane"??? Only for those who can decipher Japanglish) and a few photos from Chuita- (Twitter).



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

VIPS - Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - video

According to the narrator of this short news clip from the NHK collection dated January 26, 1944:
"On January 7 Mr. Subhas Chandra Bose arrived by aircraft to Burma. Another piece (in the chess game) for the liberation of Asia has been moved together with Japan. With Ba Maw, the two Heads of State are working to change the battle conditions in the Burma front. Mr. Bose feels in his heart that the day to advance to Delhi is coming close and he is visiting the Indian Citizen Army.
On the same day Capt. Lakshmi, the leader of Indian women, and others came to Burma and met with Prime Minister Ba Maw who congratulated them for their relocation to his country and pledged to defeat their common enemies. Prime Minister Tojo has also repeatedly pledged to give his support in the liberation of India. At long last the battlefield is moving to the Burma front."
Of interest is the Mitsubishi Ki-21-II Otsu "Sally" bomber Bose is travelling with.  It is not an MC-20 or Ki-57 transport as it still has the glazed nose and no fuselage windows for the passengers. Note that the dorsal turret has been removed and faired over. Note also the heavy camouflage and the tail marking that could be of the headquarters section of the 5th Air Division  (Hikoshidan Shireibu Hikohan).

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Nakajima J1N1-S "Gekko" (Irving) by Miro Herold

This is my latest built, a Nakajima J1N1-S "Gekko" (Irving) belonging to the 321st Kokutai 321 based on Tinian in 1944. It is the old but not bad Fujimi kit in 1/72.
- Miro Herold -

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

HOT STUFF!!! #13

We offer on our blog rare and difficult to find kits and books at very interesting prices. Quantities are extremely low, usually only one kit or book is available and quality, although not new, is very good. The "HOT STUFF!!!" series will be updated frequently.
If you are interested send us an email at: indicating the item of your choice and your country of origin. We will get back to you ASAP with postage and payment details. For more info, HERE.
Don't miss this chance!
Today we offer four book titles, all out-of-print and highly sought-after.
"Pictorial History of Air War Over Japan - Japanese Army Air Force" by Watanabe Yoji, published by Hara Shobo 1980.
A photo book with captions in Japanese and English with a collection of photos not seen in any other publication. An essential and absolutely must publication for any Japanese aviation fan.
Only two copies are available. Condition is good.
PRICE: $US45 (postage not included)  GONE!

"Pictorial History of Air War Over Japan - Japanese Navy Air Force" by Watanabe Yoji, published by Hara Shobo 1981.
The companion volume of the above publication. Again full of VERY interesting photos with English captions. Equally essential.

Only three copies are available. Condition is good.

PRICE: $US45 (postage not included) GONE!
We also offer very limited number of copies of one of the most essential Japanese aviation titles; "Nihon no Koku-shi" (Japanese Aviation History) parts 1 & #2. The first part deals with the 1877~1940 period, the second from 1941 to 1998. Both titles are photo books packed with photos. All the text is in Japanese but they are considered the "bibles" by Japanese fans. Price for the first part is $US25 (postage not included) and price for the second is $US20




Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center by Wind Swords

A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It is here that restoration work is done. Inside the 71,000 m2 facility are many historic aircraft, including some rare Japanese WWII aircraft, such as the only surviving Nakajima J1N1 "Gekko" and Aichi M6A1 "Seiran".
My only criticism of the exhibits is that some are very well lit while others are in shadow or there are very bright lights behind some of the aircraft making it difficult to get a good photograph.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Wind Swords
MXY-7 Model 22 Ohka with the Hitachi thermojet engine as the propulsion unit. Never introduced to combat.
Ki-45 "Toryu" (Nick) fuselage. I believe this is the only left in the world and unfortunately there are no wings to complete the aircraft.
M6A1 "Seiran" submarine launched attack bomber. Completely restored.
J7W1 "Shinden" experimental navy fighter. This was only the forward fuselage and the canard wings laying beside it. The rest of the aircraft is in storage. If only this was the next restoration project!
This is the "Kikka" jet plane that was hanging in the main Smithsonian museum. It is still in need of a restoration (it does not have its engines).
These pictures are of the worlds only surviving J1N1 "Gekko".

These pictures are of the museum's N1K2-J "Shiden-Kai". The restoration is every bit as good as the J1N1 "Gekko". But the plane is covered in the shadow of the B-29 over it.

These pictures are of the museum's collection of Japanese army and navy aircraft machine guns. The weapons were kept behind a glass case with descriptive placards. I took close ups of the placards so I could identify each of the guns. I had to turn off my flash and get the right angle in order to avoid reflections on the glass.



Thank you very much Wind Swords for the report and the excellent photos.