Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
1/48 scale Ki-84 Frank is available online from Squadron.com
Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Ki-84 Hayate built
straight from the box.
This beautiful Hasegawa kit resulted from some
frustrations with one of those kits which should have been delivered
simply with a good scale drawing, a sharp modeling knife and a piece of
soap thus avoiding a lot of work. Hasegawa`s Japanese WW II kits are
always good as a little in between fun during a long line of difficult
projects. No after-market additions were adopted, just the pitot tube is
made out of injection needles.
As I am no Japanese expert (and I donīt want to
become) all colors are estimated. Coloring had the following steps:
Priming with Revell Flat Black (recessed lines etc) and Hu 147 for lower
and HU 149 for upper surfaces. The final coat was applied with several
thin coats of Schmincke artist airbrush colors. These have extremely
fine pigments and they are water-based, fast drying and leave no
stinking track in the modeler's workshop. The Hinomarus are from AMD.
The Aotake was done with the old Tamiya X-11
(enamel in the square bottles, an extremely good conventional silver -
but hard to get) as a basis oversprayed with a thin layer of Schmincke
Turquoise. To my regret the tone comes out far to bright.
I must admit I do not have any idea if the Green is
realistic. To my eyes the result looks quite okay.. To give a reference,
the prop blade color is nearly 100% FS 24097. In fact there is no real
plane I tried to copy. This model should just look like a Frank as it
might have been.
The photo-background is from the former Soviet Air
Force base Brand, 30 km SE of Berlin.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright Đ
2003 by Andreas Beck
Page Created 01 May, 2003
25 March, 2004
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