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Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony)
Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) 1 Figure & 2 Kinds of Markings Included
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]

SUMMARY
Highs: New tool with excellent panel lines and detail. Masks included for canopy.
Lows: Fixed flaps, but working tail rudder. Seated figure only.
Verdict: Another consistent quality kit from Tamiya. No amazing slide-molded bits but ease of build is self evident.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 61115
  Suggested Retail: 3000
  PUBLISHED: Jan 27, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.83%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.19%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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Ohhhh, ooowwww...how I have awaited this day that Tamiya releases a 1/48 Ki-61. It'll look nice next to their 1/50 one.
JAN 28, 2017 - 05:33 PM
One of the best looking WWII fighters, looks like a must have.
JAN 31, 2017 - 09:06 PM
Placed a order for one Today , should have it this Friday or Monday Terri
FEB 01, 2017 - 12:28 PM
Okay colour me Envious Terri! There will be a build log I hope in the future?
FEB 01, 2017 - 02:32 PM
Thanks for the review, Jim. Looks like a really nice kit and 3000 Yen isn't as expensive as we got used to for Tamiya kits recently. It's "only" about 25 Euros. But I will pass this kit anyway. I have built 2 Hasegawa Ki-61 already and another 2 in the stash. Should be enough for a lifetime I believe, except when someone is a Ki-61 freak. Oh, btw. to bring back your memory: the war ended in Europe on the 8. May and in the Pacific on the 14. August .... Torsten
FEB 02, 2017 - 06:53 AM
What colour would you like Not in the near future , but you never know Terri
FEB 02, 2017 - 12:52 PM
It would be very nice to hear ( read ) about your impression about this kit when its there. This hard edged mottling looks like a real challenge.
FEB 02, 2017 - 07:51 PM
Bernd, the groundcrews used brushes or spray cans for the mottling, sometimes even palm leaves were used. Recently I've got some amazing photos of Ki-61 of the 244. Sentai from a swiss friend, where the mottling is clearly visible. So you're free to used whatever technic you like .... Torsten
FEB 02, 2017 - 08:10 PM
Thanks for that hint, Torsten, now i need palm leaves in scale Major Kobayashis Ki-61 is well documented, i have some pics of it, the mottling was very distinctive, especially around the Hinomarus. Maybe this hard edges and the look of these green dots came from polishing the aircraft ?? Trying to capture this will be a challenge. Beside that, this kit looks tasty and it s not too expensive. Have a great weekend Bernd
FEB 04, 2017 - 07:34 AM
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