Well, with the fury of the Nationals over-with, one tends to go in 1 of 2 directions; "I need a break!" or "I need to capitalize on this!"
I spent WAY too much money, but had WAY more fun than Ive ever had at a model contest, and the LSPers that showed were the reason. It was a blast.
I am in that last category, and really wanted to capitalize on the feeling of modeling momentum I had at the end of the NATs, and get back to the bench ASAP.
I had thought long and hard about what I wanted to start next, and have plethora of things in the stash, but I wanted something OOB and unique. Since the gear were missing from my OV-10 that I wanted to start, and the scheme I wanted to use for my N1K2 was not in the boxing I have, and I wanted to do a refreshing OOB build I went in a different direction..................
This is the RB Productions MXY7 Ohka Type 22 anti-shipping kamikaze attack aircraft in full resin.
The little Ohka fit the bill for a lot of reasons. Its got a TON of cool stuff in the box, so no real need for AM anyway, since its a resin kit, and the molding and details are superb. Its also something else I was looking for.................SMALL. After toting around the BIG Russian girl over the weekend, I realized that if I intend at ALL to go to Phoenix next year, I need to keep the size of the models Im bringing in check, as Ill likely be banzai driving there. The little Ohkas were also pretty much used once and thats it..........after the "BOOM" there was nothing to recover, so I really wont have to do any real weathering to speak of either. I will likely contain my weathering to some washes, and some black basing, with some finish variation to the paint job for interest. This will be STRICTLY an OOB build.
Lets get started!!!!
The nose of the Ohka was packed with explosives, and with a top speed of 500mph+ no Allied aircraft could catch it. However, it was the slow lumbering cumbersome Betty bombers the Ohkas had to be carried in that were extremely vulnerable to Allied fighters, and in the end the Ohka was not considered a folly, but it was not a success either.
It was not a very big 1:1 aircraft, which means the 32nd scale model isnt either. The RBP Ohka is REALLY well molded with a lot of PE and extra details.
Radu ships the little Ohka in a sturdy removable top cardboard box:
You can see with my last build sitting on top of the box for scale reference, the Ohka is not a big aircraft by any means, and its box reflects that:
The instructions can be downloaded after purchase on Radus site, so I printed them off in glorious color, made up a custom cover, and 3-hole-punched the instructions, and put it all in a 3-ring binder:
The little Ohka box comes packed full will with resin and PE:
The main bag of resin, has some glorious looking parts in it, including the rocket turbine fan:
Here you can see the wings, with separate flying surfaces. As tiny as they are, they are dwarfed by the horizontal stabs on a lot of other 32nd kits:
Radu provides a really nicely cast resin wind-screen and x2 copies of a very nicely vaced canopy. I normally would have an issue there, but these vac pulls are very nice, the framing around the canopy is crisp, and I will have the canopy slid back to show the nice details in the pit, so I am not worried about trying to make sure it fits 100% snug w/the wind-screen:
Clarity on the resin is excellent: