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World War II: Japan
Aircraft of Japan in WWII.
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Hasegawa 1/32: Ki-43 II "Hayabusa"
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Joined: December 06, 2016
KitMaker: 91 posts
AeroScale: 90 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 02:58 PM UTC
Hi mates!!!

Oldie but goldie.....this applies to this kit. Hasegawa's Ki-43 in 1/32 scale impresses with its good fit despite the age.
Colors from Revell and Gunze.
The camouflage scheme I brushed freehand.

My Model shows an aircraft of the 50th Sentai (Fighter Group), 3rd Chutai (Squadron) in 1943.


Utah, United States
Joined: December 14, 2007
KitMaker: 3,236 posts
AeroScale: 344 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 07:38 PM UTC
That's very nice. I like the look the base gives it.
Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
KitMaker: 2,660 posts
AeroScale: 636 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 08:14 PM UTC
I agree with Russ on this one-- very very nice. Your figure work is excellent too. Who makes the figures? I've had an Oscar in my stash for many years now--but your presentation inspires me to pull it out and at least contemplating starting it! Did you do any re-engraving of panel lines or other work? Can you tell us some more about the work you did on it?
VR, Russ
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California, United States
Joined: May 03, 2006
KitMaker: 1,947 posts
AeroScale: 189 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 08:50 PM UTC
I agree with the above comments; this is an attractive build on its own, but the base and figures really help make it a first-rate display. Well done!
New York, United States
Joined: December 04, 2010
KitMaker: 9,535 posts
AeroScale: 7,300 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 10:52 PM UTC
Now that's one impressive build of the old Hasegawa kit. Very nicely done camo scheme. Both figures really look quite good and add that certain something extra.

And I do like the concept of the wood strips for a base, as it has that oriental feel to it. But the cloth trim detracts from it. I'm thinking it's real function is a table place mat as it curls up at the ends? If not, or you can spare one, I'd remove the fabric edging, and use some wood glue on the bottom to join each piece to the adjoining ones on each side. Now you've got one great looking base.

Alberta, Canada
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 6,739 posts
AeroScale: 6,147 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 04:58 AM UTC
I'm slowly taking a liking to Japanese aircraft and this build reinforces that motion . Fastastic build

Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: June 17, 2009
KitMaker: 566 posts
AeroScale: 507 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 06:15 AM UTC
Beautiful Hyabusa Stefan! Certainly doesn't look much like an oldie from here. Your figures look really nice too, where did you find them?
New Jersey, United States
Joined: February 06, 2015
KitMaker: 982 posts
AeroScale: 834 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 07:00 AM UTC
Stefan - agree with all the above !
Thanks for sharing - Richard