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Hasegawa Ki-84 Chinese Nationalist Forces - finally there…..complete

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Since i have not got all the goodies yet for my IAF F-16A Netz, I have settled for one of my stalled kits, a Ki-84 from Hasegawa - where i got inspired by the numerous builds here on LSP - and then daunted from carrying on.

 

As for most builds, I started off with the pit, coating in Alclad aluminium, before applying the dull brown cockpit colour that Hasegawa recommends.

 

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This kit really is a joy to build, and I can see a second one on the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking good so far! I agree that this kit is awesome and is often overlooked by many. I have built 3 of them OOTB over the last few years and they were a joy to build. :)

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SinuheH, Very well done ! have a couple in the stash. Is this the kit pit ?...........Harv :popcorn: 

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Inspired by the other builds on LSP, I tried my hand at wiring up the engine using lead solder wire….

 

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Not as easy as I thought - this will need some practise!

 

 

 

 

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Then following Doog's approach, I sprayed a base of black prior to a coat of Alclad aluminium (with dabs of chrome).

 

I tired to break up the light green grey undersurface by mottling in other grey colours:

 

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And tried the same for the upper surface:

 

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I tried to get a more worn look than my usually too pristine models.

 

The next phase was new to me, as I tried to use a "chipping solution", in this case that from Vallejo (the AK solution was not in stock at my LHS).

 

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Really a bit hit and miss - not overly impressed with the effect on the cowling - but those on fuselage and part of wing look fine.

 

It is quite easy to use, just dilute and spray though the airbrush. Once dry (it remains tacky for a long time), apply the top coat - and once that is dry, wipe off with a moist/wet piece of paper kitchen towel. 

 

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Now I just needed to settle down for a scheme….

 

 

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Initially I was attracted to a "blue Ki-84",

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but Jay Laverty had down such a superb job here on LSP that I decided to do something new.

While browsing through Jacek Jackiewicz's book on "Japanese Aircraft in Foreign Use" I stumbled upon some captured Ki-84's used by Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces.

In addition - Stefan G provided a useful profile by Jerry Boucher from an old issue of SAMI - mercy vielmol!

 

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All I needed now was a set of blue sky-white sun masks….

 

 

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Cool!

Thanks!

 

Verry cool

 

This kit is spreading like wild fire!!

Thanks - it is indeed a great kit - a real pleasure to build - and at that price (€45.-) it is a steal.

I really see me building another one in the near future - with a few additional AMS e.g. Eduard cockpit, flaps.

 

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Why was this moved from the Group Build? It seems like it would fit.

 

I've built a couple of Chinese Franks and painting the markings isn't that hard. Just get yourself a compass cutter to handle the circles.

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