Sunday 26 August 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 009 - MIKHAIL AGEENKO

Here is my Kawasaki Ki-61 "Hien" Type I Tei, 1/72 Hasegawa with Aeromaster decal, 56th Shinbu-tai, flown by 2nd Lt. Suzuki Shigeyuki (from Chiba), May 25, 1945, Chiran Air Base, Kagoshima prefecture.
The unit emblem on the tail is a stylised 56, and Suzuki’s name is on the nose in white.
- Mikhail Ageenko, Russia -

Saturday 25 August 2018

Nakajima Ki-115 "Tsurugi" at Pima

Our friend Allan Jeffery sent over some photos of the Nakajima Ki-115 "Tsurugi" at Pima Air & Space Museum. He mentioned that according to the museum staff, the airframe is still in the original paint.
Thank you very much Allan!

Thursday 23 August 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 009 - RADEK PELIKAN

Some Photos of the model I built about 15 years ago.
Model: G4M2E type 24 Tei with Ohka model 11, 721 Kokutai, Kanoya-March 1945
Hasegawa, 1/72

- Radek Pelikan, Czech Republic -

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 009 - MICHAEL THUROW

Kawasaki Ki-45 "Toryu" (Nick)
In November 1944, the 53rd Hiko Sentai was ordered to form a shinten seikutai flight of Toryu for air-to-air ramming attacks. Aircraft # 98 was one of them, embellished with the conspicious karimata arrow. The Ki-45 KAI Tei was modified by removing armament, abandoning the rear cockpit and cutting back the antenna mast. It is doubtful, however, whether it was ever used for this purpose since the 53rd was relegated as a night fighter unit in January 1945.
The pictures highlight that the Toryu is one of the most appealing airplanes in Japanese military aviation - much too graceful for a suicide mission! My model is based on the Nichimo 1/48 kit, finished in 2010 with several refinements which are described in more detail (including a moment of panic) in my build report here:
Wishing good luck to all contest participants!
- Michael Thurow, Germany -

Sunday 19 August 2018

2018 IPMS (USA) Phoenix

A few of the many Japanese subjects at the 2018  IPMS (USA) convention at Phoenix.
- Allan Jeffery - 

Thank you Allan. Much appreciated.