Friday, 17 June 2022

Kayaba Ka-Go by Octávio Mântua

Fine Molds  Kayaba Ka-1 1/72

I have finished another Japanese aircraft. This time the Kayaba Ka-1 (autogiro based on the American Kellett KD-1A).
First of all, I would like the thank George Eleftheriou, Hideto Araki and the Yanks Air Museum for their invaluable help.

The Fine Molds model is quite good, but I made some modifications:
- I detailed the interior and made a scratch motor;
- The motor cover was changed with the introduction of various air vents;
- Wheels support struts were replaced by thinner plastic;
- Lights were added to the wheel struts.

As to the colours, the kit is painted using the references by Fine Molds:
- Underside – Tamiya XF-14 J.A. grey
- Upperside: - Tamiya XF-13 J.A. green with a spot of white
                     - Gunze H 66 RLM79 sandy brown
After painting, I gave the entire model a reddish-brown pencil wash.
As to the lights, these were made with some drops of araldite glue. After the glue dried, I painted with clear red and clear blue.

HERE are some photos of the construction process.

- Octávio Mântua -


Harold K said...

One of my favorite j-aircraft, very well done.

Baronvonrob said...

Very well-made! …and perfect timing I am just starting to build my own version of the very same autogyro

Octavio said...

Thanks for the all the comments!

I am glad to know that my build is helpful to others.

Best regards,