Feature by Chris Beaumont
There has been a lot of talk about the new Hasegawa Frank. Just to prove that you don't have to throw away your old models, Chris Beaumont presents his rendition of this topical aircraft using Tamiya's old 1/48 scale kit.
Chris will be expanding this Feature in the coming months.
Tamiya's kit is a combination of extremely fine raised, and engraved panel lines and some crisp engine panel screw details.
The rivet pattern was copied from the Japanese "Famous Airplanes of the World" Ki-84 reference and pricked into the paintwork with a sewing needle. It was outlined with a dirty wash by feint brush strokes. The intention was to transform the inherent flat look of the plastic panels into something more dynamic; closer to the subtle, undulating skin pattern commonly seen in wartime weathered examples of which a few can be seen in the Ki-84 reference mentioned above.
Tamiya indicates the upper camouflage color is Dark green . I beleive they mean IJA green seeing it is an Imperial Japanese Army plane. The body color of this model is supposed to simulate paint that is rather faded so be wary if trying to use it as a IJA green color match. Tamiya's instructions indicate to paint the cockpit walls, wheel wells and inside of wheel covers in "transparent blue preservatives ( some say these were painted dark opaque bluish grey ) directly on duralumin material." ; indicating even Tamiya couldn't be sure of a definite color back then. However, they do supply a full color painting profile sheet of two aircraft schemes possible showing the inside wheel well covers painted in the aotake color. This model has all those latter areas mentioned painted in the aotake blue green clear color over aluminium color. The instrument panel is supplied as a black decal with white dials. " Inside of fuselage and windscreen : Flat black " ; meaning under the canopy areas, infront of the gunsight and behind the pilot's head and the inside of the canopy frame. The aluminium seat has been painted black which has been worn here and there. Two pilot figures are supplied; one seated and one standing.
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