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I have heard that http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/ is quite good but it is in Russian and I can't seem to download eny blue prints on it lol


Are you looking for Ki-61 blueprints for rivets?

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Good tip re:chipping. Hairspray is lacquer and a solvent to keep it flowing. In art class we used to ‘seal’ our drawings with cheap hairspray. You can get hairspray in a pump and then it’s rasy to pour into your AB. More control of course and it lasts longer than spraying your model with hairspray from an aerosol can.
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There's a great YouTube video of the hairspray technique here.


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Alba83 yes I am
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Are you looking for Ki-61 blueprints for rivets?




Yes I am but I think I've found some now :)
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It seems I’m in a position to actually start my build a little sooner than expected.  I had entered an ‘On your marks’ group build on the Flory Models forum, and purchased a vintage Revell 1/16 dragster of eBay to build for it.  It was listed as ‘Unused’ and I paid far too much for it.  But, when it arrived, it was anything but unused.  Abused would be more like it, with parts hacked from the runners and badly glued together, while other parts were broken.  I started a refund procedure via eBay, and have sent it back, while bidding on another dragster. 

Meantime, with my planned repainting of my D.520 finished, and since my replacement dragster will be at least a couple of weeks in transit, I’m at a loose end, modelling wise.  So, I am starting on Rita!


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As I stated earlier, there is very little in the way of aftermarket stuff for this kit, but here’s what I do have.

Some resin exhausts, from Quickboost, since the kit ones are just blobs.

 
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Likewise with the kit’s weapons, that resemble broom-handles.

Japanese 20mm Type 99 cannon from Mini World.  Ordered from Hannants, I wanted eight but they only had seven, so I took them.  Then found out I actually only needed six, as the front turret was fitted with 13mm Type 2 heavy machine guns.

 
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So small it can hardly be seen, just at the corner of that p.e. is the fore-sight, about the size of a full-stop.  I suspect I may not use it!  In fact, given they are being used in a twin-gun mount, I probably don’t need the rear sight either, as the actual sight was likely between the two.

 
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Talking of 13mm Type 2, also from Hannants, a pack of eight, by CMK.  I ordered them, not just for the front turret, but for the two waist gun positions, where the kit has nothing at all.  Yes, the packet says German MG-131, but the Type 2 was a licence-built copy, so it’s fair play to use them.

 
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At this point the rivet-counters among you may wish to bail out, as what is about to follow is heresy!

To date, I have only found one reference shot of the cockpit interior.

 

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The kit cockpit, however, is bland, bereft of detail, not even so much as an instrument panel.  Now I could scratch-build some stuff, but after looking at one of the other members build, a B-17, I realised that the aftermarket stuff he was using wasn’t a million miles away from what I needed.  So I have this, also from CMK.

 
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The Renzan had four crew-members on the flight-deck, so I have two sets of B-17 seats and harnesses.


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Finally, to round off the sacrilege, resin B-17 wheels!  Size-wise, they’re an almost perfect match.

 
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Back to authenticity, I also have four of these bad boys on order, from Vector.  Resin Nakajima Homare Ha-45 engines.

 

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Other details in the cockpit and wheel wells will be scratch-built. 

Time to open the box…

 
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If a kit could talk, what would it say?  According to the Scalemates Bible, Frog first released this kit in 1968, and that would certainly chime with my memory of first seeing it when I was about ten or eleven.  That means this plastic bag could have been in this box, sealed, unopened, for up to fifty years.  It may sound silly, but I felt a deep sense of reverence as I cut it open.  After all, I’ve been waiting fifty years myself for this moment.  I’m sure I heard the kit sigh, then whisper ‘At last…’

First runner, engine nacelles, props and other stuff.

 
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Some very nice raised rivet detail going on here.

 
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This is why I invested in some aftermarket guns.

 
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Likewise with the exhausts.

 
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Next runner, the wings.

 
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More of that nice rivet detail.  It seems the penny-pinchers at Frog didn’t want to pay for rivets where the nacelles go, though.  That will be seen through the open wheel bay doors, so I’ll have to add some rivets myself.

 
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Runner three, the fuselage and that ‘detailed bomb load.’  I’ll do the bomb bay doors shut, as this was a prototype, and probably never actually carried a bomb load.  Makes for an easier life, too, since I won’t have to add detail to the bomb bay.  That would be very difficult anyway, as there are no reference shots of it.

 
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The engine cowlings.  Nothing much happening here.  I’ll cut that bland front out to expose the resin engines I’ll be fitting.

 
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The clear parts have suffered a bit, sliding around in the bag for decades.  They’ll need some TLC with the polishing compound and a dip in Klear before they’ll be acceptable for use.  Not looking forward to masking them up, as the framework is almost invisible.

 
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Now things really are getting silly, because I’m reluctant to throw away the plastic bags.  After doing their job for five decades I feel like they deserve more than ending up in a waste bin.  Jeez, I’m really going soft in my old age!

 



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Wow .. looking forward to this one even more now, thats a lot of goodies you have there
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Wow .. looking forward to this one even more now, thats a lot of goodies you have there


Yeah, spent far too much, as usual!

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Looking forward see this build as you do it, some nice after market bits.

My atitude to rivet counters is "I'm the artist who's building it, its my interpretation of what things were like. If all artists painted an exact photographic copy of a scene, they'd be Technical drawings and not the works of art many people admire!".

This is your model and your interpretation of the real aircraft...........so just go with it and enjoy the build

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The kit looks much better than I expected and the additions are very nice too. Sorry about your EBay disaster but the great thing about it is that you finally can build your dream kit... always look at the bright side of life, right 😉
Btw: being soft is a good thing, lol

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Wow—definitely time for more popcorn and a big soda! This is going to be good!
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Looking forward see this build as you do it, some nice after market bits.

My atitude to rivet counters is "I'm the artist who's building it, its my interpretation of what things were like. If all artists painted an exact photographic copy of a scene, they'd be Technical drawings and not the works of art many people admire!".

This is your model and your interpretation of the real aircraft...........so just go with it and enjoy the build


Thank you, I have been looking forward to this build for a very, very long time.  I just hope I can do this venerable old kit justice.

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The kit looks much better than I expected and the additions are very nice too. Sorry about your EBay disaster but the great thing about it is that you finally can build your dream kit... always look at the bright side of life, right 😉
Btw: being soft is a good thing, lol


Indeed, every cloud has a silver lining!

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Wow—definitely time for more popcorn and a big soda! This is going to be good!


Thank you, I'll try not to disappoint!  

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