Kawasaki Ki-61-Ikai Hein
by Tadeu Pinto Mendes
Ki-61-Ikai Hein ("Tony")
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This the old Revell 1/32 scale model of the Kawasaki
Ki-61 Hein, code named Tony by the Allies.
The Ki-61 was a famous fighter of IJAAF. It was powered
by a Japanese licence-built version of the in-line DB601 motor as used
used in the Messerschmitt Bf 109. the motor in line DB 601. However, the
water-cooled motor presented problems, and it was eventually substituted
by a radial engine, resulting in a new fighter that became the Ki-100
Goshiki ("Tony II").
Assembly did not present any major problems. The model
was built straight from the box.
The dihedral of the wings was a little understated. I
chamfered the wheels to give the impression of weight to the model.
Painting and markings were the only changes to the
I chose to paint my Hein as the aircraft flown by the
ace T. Kobayashi. This aircraft was finished in Natural Aluminum; with
hard-edged blotches of Dark Olive Drab (FS 4082) over the top; propeller
in Red Brown (FS 0166) with tips in yellow; engine cowling in Blue Black
(FS 5044); Dark Yellow of the wings in FS 3432; and all interiors in
Khaki-yellow (FS 33440). The spinner and vertical empennage were
finished in Dark Blue. The strip in wings and fuselage is White (FS
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2002 by Tadeu Pinto Mendes
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