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Kawasaki Ki-60


RS Models, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: RS Models 92028 and 92029 Kawasaki Ki-60
Japanese WW II Heavy Fighter.
RS Models from the Czech Republic
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Each kit contains 31 sand coloured plastic parts on one sprue, 2 clear plastic parts on one sprue, 45 photo-etched parts (partially coloured) on one fret, decals for two aircraft plus a 4 page A5 sized instruction booklet with history, parts plan and 8 build diagrams. Paint/decal instructions are on the box rear.
Price: From £11.91 will be available online from Hannants and specialist hobby retailers worldwide.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and rare subject, highly detailed inside and out, cleanly moulded plastic parts with very fine etched details, raised where appropriate, Eduard partially coloured PE and injection moulded clear parts.
Disadvantages: 3 of the 4 markings options are theoretical, some experience required
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for those into Prototypes or Japanese Aircraft.

Reviewed by Glen Porter

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After Kawasaki secured the rites to produce the German Daimler-Benz DB 601A liquid cooled engine, Takeo Doi and Shin Owada set about designing two aircraft to employ it. These were the Ki-60 and 61 with emphasis on the Ki-60. A low winged single engined monoplane, it was armed with two 12.7mm machine guns in the nose and two 20mm cannons in the wings.


The first prototype, flown in March 1941, was found not to reach the performance requirements. The second was modified to improve the performance but the improvement was only marginal and the same happened with the third prototype. The Ki-60 was consequently dropped in favour of the Ki 61.

The lessons learned while working on the Ki-60, when applied to the Ki 61, produced an outstanding fighter aircraft and the only Japanese fighter with a liquid cooled engine.



These two kits by RS Models are identical except for the decals and box art. I have not been able to find any evidence that any of the three prototypes flew operationally at any time during the war so I assume three of the four decal options are hypothetical. The fourth option is of the first prototype in March 1941 in overall bare metal from kit No 92028.


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The plastic sprue in sand coloured plastic is very well moulded with no flash, sink or ejector pin marks in exposed areas. All the main parts for the model are on this sprue and the surface detail is as good as any I've seen with very fine engraved panel lines and realistic fabric surfaces. Care will need to be taken in assembly as there are no alignment pins or holes.

The clear sprue has the one-piece canopy and a wing landing light. The canopy is a little on the thick side as is normal in this scale, but could be cut open to display the interior if required.


Eduard photo-etched sprue has 45 parts, including instrument panel and belts in colour.

Most of the parts are for the cockpit interior apart from gear doors, radiator faces, undercarriage oleo scissors and control surface actuators.


Decals from both kits look competently printed with good register but as I said above, only one is of the prototypes.

Instructions are a little bit basic in that some of the locations for parts are not completely clear and it is not shown how some of the PE is bent into shape.




These models cannot be classified as “mainstream” due to the absence of pins and other alignment aids, but for those experienced modellers interested in Japanese aircraft and prototypes in particular, RS Models 1/72 scale Ki-60 kits should not be missed.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to RS Models for the sample

Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 29 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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