I've had this kit in the stash for only a short while, so I havent really done any proper research apart from emptying the net for pictures and reading a few books. So before I actually start to build I need to figure out how to do it right. The Ki-45 is not the most well documented aircraft around so I started checking up on the drawings I found.
First order of business was to determine where to put the internal frames (also for locating rivet/panel lines) as some of the interior will be quite visible. I found a really nice drawing on the net that I inserted into a CAD program and enlarged it to 1:1. Then I outlined the major vertical lines in red. In the Maru Mechanic book there is a diagram showing what I think is frame distances - 'think' is because it's in japanese so it could be anything but it looks like that. Those - centered on the aft edge of the canopy - were inserted into the drawing with blue lines.
I hope you can see this allright. First of all you'll notice that the nose is short, but that's allright since I'll be building the early version without the 'schräge musik' guns which had a more rounded nose. Length is about 400mm shorter and that fits with the difference between the red and blue lines. Also the distance from the aft canopy edge to the end of the plane fits nicely. I've marked the lines that match (sorta) with green. Aft fuselage fits mostly but the rest is way off, so that leaves the question - is the drawing wrong or is the book wrong...?
Edited by Thomas Lund, 02 July 2013 - 08:34 AM.