Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Pilot uniforms and equipment - IJNAF #3

Three IJNAF instruments today that were recently sold on the Japanese ebay.
First up is a standard Navy Model 3 altimeter manufactured by Tanaka Keiki Seisakusho.
The tag reads: "Kodokei 3 gata Kai 1" (Altimeter Model 3-kai 1) - Number: 301150 - Date:  - Tanaka Keiki Seisakujo"


Some indications can glow in the dark. Until about 1941 Japan used the highly radioactive radium (take a look here for an interesting case) on instruments but also watches. From 1942 its use was gradually replaced by material that would glow in the dark after exposure to heat or light although it was not completely phased out of use until the end of the war.   
Next is a standard Navy clock, not in very good condition, which from 1942 was almost always seen hanging in the front of a pilot's uniform instead placed in the instrument panel.


The engraving on the rear is not very clear but reads: armory, 13025
And finally a beautiful sextant.

 The tag reads: "Type 93 Air Bubble Sextant, 1945, January, No. 860, Tamaya Shoten Co.Ltd."

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - MIRO HEROLD #2

Here's my second input for contest 2019.
Nakajima B5N2 from Airfix 1/72.
Saipan 1944 from 931 Kaigun Kokutai - primary used for shipping escort duty.
I used Photo-etched parts from Eduard for cocpit and the radar-antenas H-6 from Rising Decals.
- Miro Herold -

Monday, 15 July 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - MICHAEL FURRY

1/48 Fujimi D3A1 Val
This is the very old 1/48 Fujimi D3A1 "Val". Despite its age, the model has very fine surface details, is covered in tiny almost invisible rivets, and is quite easy to build. I built this model quite a few years ago using it as a test bed for painting markings and using colored pencils for weathering techniques. I replaced the pitot tube as it looked more like a broom handle and made the wing bomb racks from various pieces of scrap plastic. All of the markings except for the tail code were painted using masking tape strips and circle stencils. Finally, the antenna wire was made from a piece of stretched black sprue.

- Michael Furry, USA -

Friday, 12 July 2019


Model Art Profile #14 - Mitsubishi Ki-15 & C5M "Babs", "Kamikaze" and "Asakaze"

Published by Model Art, June. 2019, p/b Pages: 130
Size: 18X26 cm
Comments: A brand new release from Model Art on very overlooked subject. This is actually the first ever Japanese publication dedicated to the Mitsubishi Ki-15 & C5M "Babs" and the civilian "Kamikaze" and "Asakaze". It starts with 17 b/w photos of the military IJAAF and IJNAF "Babs", then two chapters on the development on the type and the engine, followed by 14 pages of the reccord "Kamikaze" flight with manga illustrations and photos. The next 10-page chapter, with 30 photos, is entitled "the Wings of Newspaper Company" and offers a nice photos combilation of newspaper aircraft. 14 pages are saved for the IJAAF units that operated the type, their camo and tail markings followed by 13 pages on the IJNAF units and operational history. The next 11 pages feature line illustrations in-scale of the various types and the maintenance manual of the "Babs". Finally 27 pages feature various "Babs" Fine Molds models including a special on the blue color of the "Kamikaze". The book ends with a presentation of various "Kamikaze" memorabilia.
 A publication that has been very nicely put together and is most helpful to modelers.
The publication is available from our on-line store, HERE.