Friday, 29 September 2017

Nakajima E8N "Dave"

A photo of a Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane or Nakajima E8N "Dave" hoisted back on board, from a December 1942 vintage magazine. The battleship in the background is either Fuso or Yamashiro (I'm going for Yamashiro).

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tachikawa Ki-9 "Spruce" Manchukuo Air Force by Octávio Mântua

I have finally finished the RS Models Tachikawa Ki-9 "Spruce" in 1/72. Here are some photos (also you can see more of the construction process on this link:
I am very pleased with the end result except for an alignment problem with the bottom wing L.
- Octávio Mântua -

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 005 - and the winner is....

JEAN BARBY - Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe" 1/48 -
4.9/4.9/5.0/5.0/4.7/4.9/5.0/4.9/4.9/4.8/5.0/4.7 - 4.89
4.8/4.9/5.0/5.0/4.7/5.0/4.9/4.9/4.9/4.8/5.0/4.8 - 4.89
4.8/4.0/4.7/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.8/4.7/4.7/4.4 - 4.56
4.8/4.9/4.9/4.7/4.7/4.8/4.9/4.9/4.6 - 4.8
4.0/4.5/4.7/4.5/4.5/4.6/4.6/4.5/4.0 - 4.43
4.6/4.7/4.7/4.6/4.7/4.3/4.8/4.6/4.6 - 4.62
4.8/4.8/4.7/4.8/4.8/4.7 - 4.76 
                                   5.0/4.7/4.5/4.9/4.7/4.5/4.9/4.8/4.5 - 4.72
                                  - Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe" -
                                   5.0/4.8/4.9/4.7/4.9/4.7/4.9/4.9/4.7 - 4.83
4.5/4.6/4.6/4.0/4.6/4.9/4.8/4.7/4.6 - 4.58
5.0/4.9/5.0/5.0/4.9/4.4/5.0/4.9/4.9 - 4.88
4.5/4.7/4.6/4.6/4.5/4.6/4.5/4.3 - 4.53
4.5/4.5/4.6/4.7/4.5/4.7/4.7 - 4.6
4.6/4.8/4.5/4.6/4.8/4.7 - 4.66
4.5/4.8/4.8/4.7/4.7/4.8/4.7/4.7 - 4.71
5.0/5.0/4.9/4.9/5.0/4.9/5.0/4.8 - 4.93    
who gets a book and kit from our on-line store, free of any charge, courtesy of Arawasi.
Every other contestant gets a free decal set courtesy of Arawasi.
Thank you all for your contributions and participation with comments and voting.
The theme for the next online model contest is "Japanese Prototype & Experimental Aircraft" (no what-ifs) and starts from October 1.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Modelling videos pt. 1

Will try to post a number of interesting modelling videos I recently discovered on UTube. Even if you can't see the video on this blog there will be a link where you can go and enjoy it in better quality too. I'd very much like to hear your comments regarding the techniques used, the paints etc.
So first up is a video from "rebelsatcloudnine" building a beautiful Tamiya 1:48 G4M1 Rikko (Betty). Here's the link to the video:

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Central Pennsylvania IPMS Show

Central Pennsylvania IPMS held its annual model show and contest on September 16th.  This event was held at the U.S. Army Heritage Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Army Heritage Center is a great venue for this event and Central Pennsylvania IPMS did a great job hosting. Unfortunately, there were only 2 Japanese aircraft models on display. Both are 1/72 Hasegawa kits. I'm sure the Tony will spark a few conversations and the Shin Meiwa PS-1 deserves accolades as she very well done and highly attractive. 
Thank you to Charlie Swank for taking the photos.

Michael Furry,  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Monday, 18 September 2017

HOT STUFF!!! #14

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 limited numbers of three book titles, all out-of-print and highly sought-after. All in mint condition.
KOKU FAN ILLUSTRATED #79 - Imperial Japanese Army Corps Documentary p.1
Pages: 177, Photos: 266 b/w, Size: 21X29cm, Bunrindo, 1994 p/b
Comments: An essential book full of original photos of exceptional quality taken by the official photographer of the IJAAF Kikuchi Shunkichi.
Fighter and bomber units plus the best photographic record of the Army Para Corps.
PRICE: $US35 (postage not included
KOKU FAN ILLUSTRATED #80 - Imperial Japanese Army Corps Documentary p.2
Pages: 177, Photos: 233 b/w, Size: 21X29cm, Bunrindo, 1994 p/b
Comments: The second part with even more fantastic photos. Fighter and training units, plus photos of the Army Corps of Manchukuo
PRICE: $US35 (postage not included)
KOKU FAN ILLUSTRATED #109 - "Umiwashi to Tomoni" (Together with the Sea Eagles)
Pages: 152, Photos: 160 b/w, Size: 21X29cm, Bunrindo, 2000 p/b
Comments: High quality photos from the Enomoto Collection featuring seaplanes of the 902Ku, reconnaissance planes from the 11 Hikotai, "Ginga" bombers of the "Azusa Tokko-tai" and "Betty" bombers with "Ohka" of the Kogeki 711 Hikotai and more.
PRICE: $US35 (postage not included)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Nakajima Kikka-N Seaplane Fighter by George Eleftheriou

Last day of the contest so I thought to contribute, but not take part, with the what-if Nakajima Kikka-N Seaplane Fighter I just finished.
The kit I worked with was by Merlin Models in 1/72 which was quite bad, especially the canopy. I kept the fuselage and replaced the wings and the two secondary floats with those of a Hasegawa Kawanishi "Kyofu" which fit perfectly. The main float and the tail were from a Spitfire Floatplane by PM Models I found in the spare box of Leonardo's. I think the main float give a very "Shiun" appearance.
The two engines of the Merlin kit were too small for the wings so again I used some Me262 spare of unknown origin. Apart from these I didn't care to improve on other details.
The lack of forward wheel well means that the fighter has enough space for a big 37mm cannon plus two 20mm cannons on the nose like the Kawasaki Ki-96 had.
For decals I used the Hasegawa "Kyofu" ones.
Considering the material and the time, the model turned out to be a fun project although definitely not of the high standard of most of the models in the contest. I promised myself to give it another try in 1/48 though.  
I hope you like.



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 005 - ERIC VOGEL

I finally managed to finish my Rufe.
Last year I showed some work in progress pictures, HERE.
It was a slow progress because of too many modelling projects on the workbench.
The figure is from the Rabaul set of Modelkasten, these figures are nicely detailed.
The "sea" is made of epoxy components and  the waves added on top are made of modeling gel.
Despite it took a little time I enjoyed it very much working on this Rufe.
- Eric Vogel - 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 005 - MIKHAIL AGEENKO

1/72 Hasegawa A6M2-N of 802nd Flying group. Was completed OOB.
- Mikhail Ageenko -

Monday, 11 September 2017

Nakajima Ki-44 "Shoki" by Jean Barby

The Hasegawa "Shoki" was built using the super SBS interior and was painted to represent Major Saito plane as the two pics in Nick Millman's Osprey book show it. Saito was commanding the 85th Sentai. The camo was Green-grey with green and brown blotches and a heavy chipping both on wings and fuselage. Using figurines I tried to give some animation to my pics, sorry for the lst one where I did not spot the sliding hood! Cheers - Jean Barby -