Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Kawasaki Ki-61Id Hien
by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 is available online from Squadron
Hot off the workbench, here is Tamiya's new 1/48 scale Kawasaki Ki-61Id (Tei) Hien.
The model was built straight from the box except for Eduard STEEL harness straps (lap only) and Lifelike Decals, 244th Sentai Part 3, Item No. 48005(R).
This is a typical Tamiya 1/48 scale new release - good detail in the cockpit and wheel wells, straightforward parts breakdown with control surfaces moulded with the wings and tailplanes, beautifully restrained surface textures and perfect fit.
The model was a joy to work on. I chose not to use the optional clear fuselage half, although I did build and paint the basic engine.
I wanted to finish my Hien in the late-war Yellow-Green shade, which when fresh was similar to US Olive Drab. I used Mr Color 23 Dark Green (2) RAF Aircraft for this elusive shade. It looks like no RAF colour I've ever seen, but it does look pretty good as a mildly faded Olive Drab!
I'll be producing a video on construction later this week.
Model purchased by reviewer.
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14 February, 2017
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