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I've got Ki-61 Fever! Foiling Begins 24/2/18

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With all of the Ki-61 builds happening here, I suddenly found myself wanting to build the sleekest of Japanese WWII fighters.

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This is the senior member of my stash.  Much of my stash are second-hand kits I bought on the cheap.  It's not the oldest kit I have.  But it is the first one I grabbed when I decided to fully dive back into models.

 

Of course...the decals are yellowed and probably not worth using.

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But hey, I have a Silhouette Portrait.  The sky's the limit!  Or my talent is the limit...one or the other....

 

With a few drawings I set about riveting the beast.

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Why would I rivet a model this scale?  A couple of reasons, really.  One, is that I need riveting practice.  Another is that this plane has a lot of rivets.  And I'm going to foil it.  I have the same treatment in mind for a Trumpy P-40 I purchased recently.

 

When I say "a lot of rivets, I'd like to direct you to this video:

https://youtu.be/XxNQp5PezWg

It's a walk-around of a lightly restored Ki-61. 

 

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Have always really liked that clover leaf livery on the Ki61. Wish someone did a 1/32 sheet of that aircraft.

 

Fantastic video- thanks for sharing. I think there are hardly any 'survivor' Ki61's, so great to see it in this in decent quality video. Shame they couldnt have finished that restoration off- many missing rivets- maybe its a work in progress?

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I really don't know much anything about the restoration.  I don't read or speak any Japanese at all so all I could offer is conjecture.

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Excellent choice Gaz! The Tony is one of my favorite japanese aircraft. Build the Revell-Japan model a long time ago!

Will be following for sure!

 

Cheers

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Great look at one of the prototypes in that video. Interesting colors in the wheel wells and radiator area, and the limited look at the cockpit. Since it was restored by the manufacturer I would guess that any repainted parts would still be accurate for the most part. 

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I really don't know much anything about the restoration.  I don't read or speak any Japanese at all so all I could offer is conjecture.

Did you try opening the site through an online translator?

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Did you try opening the site through an online translator?

No, I didn't.  I didn't even think of it.  I might sometime.   At the time, I wasn't really looking for much more than my eyes could tell me.

 

 

Gaz

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Right on Gaz!  Join the Tony Tea Party!  I just got a Portrait too!

Awesome, John!  Maybe you can help me with the fight I just had with mine.

 

Gaz

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Hi everyone,

    Started the foiling last night.  In the interim since the first post, was all of the usual construction and detail painting of the interior and wheel wells.

 

Obligingly, 244th Sentai painted the entire tail of their aircraft in red, reducing the amount of foil required.  Our pilot is Nakano Matsumi, and the scheme I'm doing is recorded as being at Chofu during December 44'.  If anyone can tell me what the Kanji symbol means, I'll be grateful.

 

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I've grained the foil and set the longer pieces with the grain running along their length.  The shorter pieces will have their grain going in a perpendicular direction as much as possible.  How well the graining will show after weathering...  I don't know.

 

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Despite the thinness of the foil, much of the rivet detail is very hard to see, even up close.  As practice for a future large scale build with lotsa rivets, this is helpful knowledge.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Gaz

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