Saturday, 17 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - JOHN TATE

Respectfully submitted for Arawasi Model Contest 007, are images of a Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" in captured markings (RAF ATAIU-SEA, 1946); I built the kit out-of-the-box with Aeromaster decals. Interestingly, this model mirrors the theme of the contest, as it also wore full IJAAF markings (additional image attached). A difficult kit, it nevertheless can be finished as a nice model of this exceptionally beautiful Japanese aircraft.
John Tate - Albuquerque, NM USA

Friday, 16 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - JACOB TERLOUW

This is my modest contribution to the contest ( George,without your help I could not have build this one!). Building isn’t so easy for me anymore because of tremor in my hands but I still like it a lot.
An  A&W 1/144 resin  of the Tachikawa Ki-54-C "Hickory".
There were some fitting problems to fix but I can live with the result & it is a nice plane to look at.
For this kit I used Tamiya acrylic white mixed with a little yellow. The RAPWI (Recovery Allied Prisoners  of War & Internees) decal was made on scale by Black Lion Decals (in Holland) and for the Green Crosses I used strip cut out of  an all green decal film.
The history:
After the surrender of Japan there was a need to to bring the P.O.W’s and  civilians of  the camps in Indonesia  to safer places. There was a shortage of  transport planes and because of that a number of  Japanese planes in airworthy condition were put in that role. Some ten Ki54’s were used and not seldom flown by Japanese crew. When they were repatriated the planes flew with a British and/or Dutch crew. Because of accidents, lack of spare parts and sabotage no more than three were in service by mid 1946
- Jacob Terlouw -

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - MARK JAHSAN #1

A few pics of two Tamiya Buffaloes in 1/48, a before and after. The Dutch one was done with Aeromaster decals, the Japanese using Rising decals. My photography has not been good lately, these are much more washed out than they appear IRL.

Mark Jahsan - Grand Haven USA

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Civil Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane II by Claudio Luchina

Our friend Claudio Luchina just finished an exquisite Civilian Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane II. Enjoy the photos below and visit his most interesting blog HERE for a WIP & HERE for more photos of the finished model.  

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - EDUARD BADESCU

My name is Eduard and here's my entry,  a Ki-43 Haybusa in Chinese markings.
The kit is the old 1/72 Fujimi, with some extra scratch-built details, a full rivet job and a vacu-formed canopy. Decals were sourced from Bestfong.
After I have finished and photographed the model, I have realized that the 43 I version had no landing light in the wing, so o had to remove it...somehow
Thank you!
- Eduard Badescu, Romania -

A photo of the real plane in color


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - DEREK COOPER

This is the famous "Koga's Zero" (aka the Akutan Zero) in 1/72 scale made from the new-tool Airfix kit, with decals from the spares box. For those who do not already know, this was the first Zero to be evaluated by the Allies (but not actually the first to be captured intact, more of which anon...). The unfortunate Koga Tadeyoshi was participating in the Japanese attack on the Aleutians in June 1942 when he was obliged to make a forced landing on the island of Akutan. He mistook a swamp for a safe landing area, and his aircraft flipped over on landing, killing him instantly.
The wreck remained undiscovered for over a month, but was then discovered by US forces who deemed the aircraft to be salvageable. It was subsequently shipped to Dutch Harbour and then on to the USA, where it was repaired and test-flown at the San Diego Naval Station. This gave the Allies valuable information about the Zero, including its lack of armour and its comparatively poor diving speed.

- Derek Cooper -
Derek has an impressive collection of captured Japanese aircraft models and we featured some in past posts, here, here, here and here

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - TIM HORTMAN

Tim's model collection fell victim to a serious accident but he would nevertheless like to take part in our contest with photos of one of the models he used to have. He says: "Attached are some smaller images of a 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 with Rising Decals "Dying Sun" from VMF-322 Okinawa May 1945. Kit was built oob and as per actual images (The decal color callouts were not correct)."
- Tim Hortman -


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007

ARAWASI would like to invite you to our Double-Oh-Seven online model contest.

Theme: "Opposites Attract!" (captured aircraft; Allied by the Japanese or Japanese by the Allies)*.

Submissions: Send as many photos as you like of your model and accompanying information to or At the very least please send: your name and country, model scale and kit maker. Your entry will be posted within 24 hours. 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 5 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: March 15 (but it can be extended) 

Prizes: The winner (or winners) will receive a book and a kit from our on-line store, free of any charge, courtesy of Arawasi.
*No evaluated or built under licence types. Here's a partial list of the possible captured-by-the-Japanese-Allied-planes: Polikarpov I-15 & I-16, LaGG-3, Curtiss P-40, Hawker Hurricane, Brewster Buffalo, Douglas A-20, Boeing B-17, North American P-51C Mustang, Martin B-10 Model 166, Curtiss-Wright CW-21, Ryan ST and others.
Japanese aircraft in US, British, French, Chinese or Soviet (in other words THE ALLIES) markings are also in. No Japanese aircraft in Thai, Manchukuo or Indonesian markings. 
Best references (apart from past Arawasi magazine issues) are the books:
Flying Papa's has released various decal sets in 1/72 and 1/48 and our "Evalina" decal set is still available.
Max Models have also release two sets of decals in 1/72.
And let's not forget Arawasi decals set AR-48005 of the "Evalina", in 1/48.
The theme for the next online model contest is "Kawanishi N1K "Kyofu", "Shiden" & "Shiden-Kai" and will start from April.

Monday, 22 January 2018


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 006 - and the winner is....

HUB PLOTT - 4.9, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 4.6 - 4.58
DIZZYFUGU - 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 4.5, 4.6 - 4.5
DEREK COOPER - 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.2, 4.2, 4.5 - 4.3
MARK JAHSAN - 4.3, 4.2, 4.1, 4.2 - 4.2 
MARK JAHSAN 2 - 4.8, 4.6, 4.6, 4.7, 4.7, 4.7, 4.8 - 4.7
GUSTAVO ANTONELLI - 4.5, 4.4, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.5, 4.5 - 4.5
ALEXANDER NAM TRAN - 4.8, 5.0, 4.9, 4.9, 4.9, 4.9, 4.6, 4.9 - 4.86
LEON KLOKE - 4.8, 4.7, 4.6, 4.5, 4.6 - 4.6
MIKHAIL AGEENKO - 4.5, 4.8, 4.7, 4.7 - 4.6
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 on-line model contest is "Opposites Attract!" (captured aircraft; Allied by the Japanese or Japanese by the Allied) and starts from February 1.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 006 - MIKHAIL AGEENKO

Still not yet fully finished, but that is all I have managed to do to the date…
Tamiya 1/72 Aichi M6A1-K Nanzan
- Mikhail Ageenko - 


Monday, 15 January 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 006 - LEON KLOKE

Hello guys!
This is my Fine Molds Keiun. She was basically built OOB. I just added some minor cockpit detail.
The underside was sprayed with Tamiya orange-yellow. The rest of the plane is hand-brushed (Tamiya IJN Green, the props are a mixture of brown, red and black). I gave it some minor exhaust-traces and finished her with clear-matt.
As I still have no better camera at my side I again had to rely on my cell-phone. So excuse the quality of the photos!
Thanks for voting!
Kind regards from Berlin
- Leon Kloke - Germany