I had this model in my head for a long time. In fact the "Hien" saga in New-Guinea and the melting of some IJAAF Regiments there, like the 68th and 78th Sentaïs has always fascinated me. The very good books of Mr Claringbould on the subject convinced me to give it a try. So this is Hasegawa 1/48th Ki-61-Hei equipped with the Mauser canons, as some found their way to that theater of operation. The 78th Hiko-Sentai changed its tail markings for some bands of the shotai color, like I did, and it seems the rudder was from another plane. I have also used the hairspray technic to simulate the already chipping green under the hard tropical climate. Otherwise as usual, no decals but masks. The Aluminium is AK Aluminium and the greens is Gunze H330.
- Jean Barby -