Monday 30 October 2023

Yokosuka D4Y3 by Kevin Bade

Yokosuka D4Y3, Fujimi kit in 1/72, by Kevin Bade.

Saturday 28 October 2023

Wrecked Japanese aircraft - Okinawa

Here's a bunch of photos that were on sale on Ebay today, by this seller featuring wrecked Japanese aircraft in Okinawa. Leave a comment if you can identify the type of aircraft, if you have more information, or if you can spot interesting details.

The Sally in the photo above is the "546" of the "Giretsu Kutetai". 
Check the similarity of the nose camo.

Monday 23 October 2023

Kawasaki Ki-100 by Jean Barby

The model is the now rather old Hasegawa which lacks a lot of details to be a Ki-100. Hasegawa has used parts of their Ki-61 and it shows. Some panels are missing and were scribed as well as the riveting. The cockpit , good for a Ki-61 but not for a Ki-100, was improved with a lot of scratch-built parts. The Brengun photoetch n°48060, designed for the KI-61-II was put to good use, mainly on the wheels pants. A dead design canopy was also used for a more to-scale appearance. The plane was flown by Capt Totaro Ito from the 5th Sentai, 1st Chutai based at Kiyosu during the summer of 45. The tail ensign and Japanese text are from the Life decal sheet 48-O30.

- Jean Barby -

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" - Eagle Eye #3

In case you didn't know, the best and immediately available (not ancient or out-of-print) reference for the aircraft type is the 3rd release in our Eagle Eye series.
Take a look HERE

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The special offer was valid until November 30, 2023.

Brand New Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" in 1/48!

ICM just announced that their Mitsubishi Ki-21-1b or Model 1 Otsu, in 1/48, is available from today.
Photos from their site.
The kit.
The decal set includes markings for four aircraft:
Ki-21-Ib ‘Sally’, 60th Sentai (60th Air Group), China, 1940
Ki-21-Ib ‘Sally’, 60th Sentai 2nd Chutai (60th Air Group, 2nd Squadron), China, 1940
Ki-21-Ib ‘Sally’, Hamamatsu Army Flying School, Japan, probably 1941
Ki-21-Ib ‘Sally’, 25 Hikodan Shireibu Hikohan (25 Air Brigade HQ Flight), Japan, 1943

Here's a video of the kit assembly.

I asked them to include pillows for the backs of the pilots' seats since their 1/72 kit didn't have any, but I guess they forgot. Another issue is with the dorsal gunner's seat. Although no photos have ever surfaced to show clearly the seat, I explained to them that it was probably a folding seat attached either to the fuselage sides or the rear wall. Instead, they opted for the rather ridiculous configuration of their 1/72 kit. Nothing that can't be easily fixed, though.

Friday 13 October 2023

Mitsubishi F1M "Pete" ON SALE!!!!

Anyone interested to add to their collection FOUR Mitsubishi F1M "Reikan" (Pete) floatplanes in 1:1 scale?

Photos and details, HERE