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I think the problem with most modelers and Japanese subjects is more cultural.  Compared to the USAAF, USN, USMC, RAF, RN, Luftwaffe, and even the Italian, Romanian, and Finnish Air Forces, there is virtually nothing published in the west on Japanese Army and Navy units, pilots, etc.  There just isn't.  I can't even tell you what the basic unit structure for those services was.  People get into heated discussions over the presence or absence of a cowling scoop on a 9th Gruppe JG.57 Bf109F-4 based at Plezworska between November 2nd and 5th of 1941.  Ever heard such a discussion of anything Japanese?  Me neither.  

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Nope they sure don't look the same; not if you're willing to invest a little time to see the multitudes of differences between them.  This one I don't believe I'll acquire since it is the same version that the Tamiya kit represents.  Iwamoto's aircraft get a meh from me although it is a Mitsubishi built airframe (judging by the painting on the box art alone).  I do like the box art though.  I find it very interesting how the Japanese found solutions to their engineering problems, many worked (and some remarkably well) while many others didn't (or marginally worked). 

 

Now give me a Ki-61-1Tei with the Katabami markings of Chuichi Ichikawa and I'll be all over that like a hobo on a bologna sandwich.  First, Hasegawa has to elongate the nose of their existing Ki-61 molds to accomodate the Ho-5 cannon in the nose of the -1 Tei...  That'll be the hardest part.  I have the decal design already done for his aircraft in Illustrator, all I need is my ALP's printer hooked up for that.  Come to think of it, I also have a set of masks for his aircraft I had custom made.  I planned on using the Wolfpack -1Tei conversion but I screwed it up and threw it, and the kit in the bin (after a couple years on the shelf of doom).

 

Jennings, if you have access to the old, but informative Thorpe books, you can easily discover the IJNAF and IJAAF unit structures (a lot of the other information has been superseded in the time between published dates and now but some of the information is still valid).  From what I remember of the IJNAF structure, The Kokutai is the equivalent of a fighter group.  The Sentai is the equivalent of a fighter squadron.  Having said that, I may be slightly mistaken as 1, I don't have my references handy and 2, I suffer from an acute case of old timers CRS (and I'm not that old!).  There are other sources for that information, I just happened to remember the Thorpe texts.  In my humble opinion, the language barrier has been a great deal of the problem in the past with respect to published sources but as time progresses, that barrier is shrinking, albeit not fast enough to satisfy us modelers but it is shrinking.  

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Guest Martinnfb

That's a stunning box-art, it is screaming on me something along the lines,,,,like....Yeah! Im gonna blow myself up so 70 years later martin won't be able to find any reference pictures related to my bushido pinup nose-art.. Yeah!   

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I love the stressed skin effect on the boxart - gorgeous! Thats one area i really want to try to bring up the realism on LSP

 

And who doesnt love another Zero?  :thumbsup:

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I'm with Ernie. Japanese fighters are very similar looking, to me anyway. When I get around to building a zeke, it will likely be the last Japanese fighter I ever do. Just not enough variation to hold my interest. I built the old K5Y Willow years ago, and loved it, but it was a pretty ordinary looking prewar biplane.

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Zero, Shinden, Hayate, Reppu, Hien, Raiden and Shiden - as diverse as the Corsair, Hellcat, Mustang, P-47...

 

You're missing out on a big piece of aviation history if you ignore the Japanese WW2 category

 

That reminds me, I need to get a Hayate after selling my P-47! 

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Yeah I understand I just tossed trup in to the garbage, kept the engine and rockets. However I wish that Hasegawa would add the captured marking into the decal options.

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Do it easier than that - Ive got one of my Tamiya Zeros' slated to do a RAAF captured version - just spray those markings on!Zero.sized.jpg

 

OR US colors - just some simple decals or masks to do this one:

 

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