Wow what a lot of really nice looking builds here! Robert, nice looking Ki-84, and really like the work done on Oliver's build. Rodney, followed your Tamiya Raiden and Ki-84 builds, look forward to this one as well.
So I've been a little busy myself. After looking through the kit and test fitting it, which is quite nice, I opted to go with the kits cockpit and save the True Details for another build.
First up was to get the interior base color to match a restored Ki-27 pictures, sort of a dark grey blue color. Many put around an intermediate blue to hull grey. I chose to black base the parts and then using intermediate blue got to a color I thought was right. Had to hit it twice with the blue to get there, but I'm happy with it. Next I got use some Airscale Japanese instrument decals cut out using a Waldron punch. Two birds, one stone thing for me as I've really not put the punch set to use much, and have really wanted to try the decals. These look first rate when snuggled down.
So excited was I that I got out the dull coat and brushed over them to dull the panel. As this reddish color began to spread over the instrument panel I realized my error. Always seal your decals!
Ah the short lived joy. Undaunted, I got my Prismacolor cream pencil and reworked the panel. I wasn't to upset as once in the fuselage it will barely be seen. The rest of the cockpit parts were done in black and then sprayed with Alclad polished aluminum. A bit shinny, but I think it'll bounce the light around to better see the inside. To wrap up the cockpit I used some Eduard belts fastened with some five minute epoxy. Spartan, overall yet convincing.
I got the remaining parts painted for the bird except the wheels. The canopy came away well, though while trying a new technique I read about here, I scratched the back. Fortunately the sliding portion will cover it up. I'll stick with my old way of removing a vac-u-formed canopy, but the technique has a lot of promise for mold applications.
More to follow soon. Thoughts, comments, critiques are always welcome! Enjoy