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Here’s my entry into this year’s Flory Model's thanksgiving weekend turkey shoot event, the Brengun 1/48th Yokosuka MXY7 ‘Ohka’ Type 22. 


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A development of the earlier type 11, it was a little smaller, and was intended to overcome the previous type’s Achilles heel, a dangerously short range.  In combat, the Ohka, if left unchecked, could be a devastating weapon, but very few ever managed to reach their release point, their mother ships being easy prey for American CAP fighters.

To overcome this, the type 22 did away with the triple rocket motors and replaced them with a small turbojet engine.  This, it was hoped, would allow the carrier aircraft to release their cargo from a much safer distance, and the speed of the Ohka itself would render it invulnerable to interception.  There is no record of the type 22 ever being used in combat, and usually I prefer not to build such subjects, but I didn’t realize this was a type 22 when I ordered the kit, and only found out when I noticed the lack of rocket tailpipes!  However, records do show that over 50 had been produced, and were stockpiled ready to be hurled at the expected American fleet that the Japanese high command believed was about to launch the imminent invasion of the home islands.  Fortunately, the war ended before they could be used, as they would have proved to be a far more potent and devastating weapon than their forebears.

The kit itself is beautifully cast, though, as expected for such a simple airframe, also very basic.  The colour scheme provides just one, generic set of markings, and is shown on the reverse of the box.

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The runner shots.

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Yes, that’s it, just the one runner!  And nearly half the parts go towards making the transport carriage.

Decal sheet, transparency and a small p.e. fret are included.

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Instructions are simple, very clear and easy to follow.

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Aftermarket goodies consist of Brengun’s own p.e. enhancement set, and canopy mask.

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If I can’t get this done in a weekend I’ll go back to Lego!

 


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Nice one [thumb]

You should nail this one by the end of the weekend and manage more than 5 hours sleep [rofl]

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That's the plan, Geoff!
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Up at the crack of sparrow-fart, and first thing is to open my new toy, a set of Dspiae nippers.  Ordered this a few days ago and it arrived with perfect timing.  Expensive, for a pair of nippers, and I can’t help wondering just how much of the cost goes towards the, admittedly extremely high quality, box.

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They even have their own pouch!

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But just one cut, and I am a full-blooded convert.  These things are in another universe compared to my old nippers.  Definitely worth every penny.

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So, to the build proper, and first off some riveting.  Getting quite familiar with this now.

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Only the fuselage halves, as the wings and tail were made of wood.  Next some fiddley p.e. work, the seat and some sort of intake airflow guides.

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Some p.e. cockpit enhancement.  Not much, as there wasn’t a whole lot in the real thing.  Not much need for boxes and wires if you’re not coming back, I suppose.

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The kit’s instrument panel needed sanding to take the p.e. one.

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Far as I can see from reference pics, the interior is the same colour as the exterior, in this case Vallejo IJN medium grey.  The rear turbine fan has been fitted, and painted with Mr Metal burnt iron, and the twiddley bits picked out with Citadel colours.  Seat has the p.e. harnesses fitted and the instrument panel is painted and assembled.

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Intake guide vanes c.a.’d in place.

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For some strange reason the instructions call for nose ballast.  Why, I have no idea.  There’s no undercarriage and the whole thing sits on a trolley anyway, but just in case I stuck a ball bearing in the front.

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Cockpit components resting at home.

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And buttoned up.

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Looks like a little filling and sanding is needed.


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The Kamikaze Cigar, as Clint calls it!  Needed a bit of Mr Surfacer 500, and this is what kills time when you’re trying to finish a kit in a weekend, waiting for stuff to dry.

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So I moved to the transport trolley next, starting with the wheels.  And for some bizarre reason, they’re cast with some sort of stub in the middle of each half.  No idea what they’re for, it’s not as if one half is a pin and the other is a socket.  So I had to sand them off.

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The trolley is coming together.  Parts of it, that support the bomb, are wood, so that’ll be a new technique to me, but the main chassis is metal.  Given the dire state of Japanese manufacturing capabilities at this stage of the war, I’m pretty certain a vital strategic material like aluminium would not have been used, so I’m going with steel, with a bit of rust chipping, when I get to painting it.

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Mr Surfacer took care of most of the gap, but there’s still a faint seam, so I’m going back in with some 1200.

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The wheels are pretty horrendous!  Lots of filler needed here.

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The ‘wings’ coming together.  I use the term ‘Wings’ in the loosest possible sense, as they’re smaller than most of the tails on the rest of my 1/48 fighters!

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Canopy masked.

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Once again I’m stuck waiting for stuff to dry so I think I’ll binge watch something on Netflix for a while!


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To the tail assembly now, and it won’t settle down properly in its location.

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I suspect this bad boy might be the problem, a ruddy great ejector mark.

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Once it was made to go away the tail went in much better, followed by the wings.

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Fins and rudders.

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And the canopy.

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Just for kicks and grins I placed the part-built MC.205 next to it.  Man, those things were tiny!

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This made me grin.  You’re barrelling along at a fair rate of knots towards an aircraft carrier.  But, just in case you don’t know where to aim, they give you a gunsight!  Like you could miss it!

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Last thing for today a handful of teeny tiny bits that will almost certainly not survive the painting stage.

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All ready for primer first thing in the morning.

 

 
 
 

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looking good!
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Thanks, Ted, it's a sweet little kit, that's coming together very nicely so far.
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You're really racing along with this one mate [thumb]

Its interesting to see it alongside a proper aircraft, it was really tiny [eek] It must have been a nightmare for AA gunners when they where trying to prevent it hitting ships.

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Thanks Geoff, yes once it was launched it was pretty much unstoppable.
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Had a bit of a lay in this morning, got up about 6.30.  No point any earlier as the first job was priming, and I don’t like firing up the compressor so early out of respect for my neighbour, since my spare bedroom is right next to his.

Anyway, everything is all primed up, bomb, carriage and the wooden supports, which are still on the runner.

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Thought I’d have a go at the hairspray chipping technique on the trolley, to get a sort of rust effect.  First I laid down some Mr Hobby iron, then the hairspray.  I used that brand for no better reason than it was the one my late mum used to use.  The smell did sort of make me a bit emotional, reminding me of days gone by.

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While that was all drying I sprayed the cherry blossom with a coat of Vallejo IJN medium grey.

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Back to the trolley, and after the hairspray had dried I went over it with Mr Metal steel.

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I tried the damp brush thing, but it didn’t really work so well.  So I used a pin to scratch it up a bit, then gave it some Flory rust pigment.  To be honest it hasn’t really given the effect I was hoping for, but then this is my first time trying to create a rust effect.  I’ll need to watch some more tutorials and practise some more, but it’s not too bad I suppose.

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Ohka now given a coat of Klear.

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Decalling next.


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Fascinating history and kit. Has a bit of everything. Good luck but you should have no problem completing the project this weekend.
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Thanks, Ted.  If I finish it early, I have another quick build in mind!
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My friend you are a modeling monster. I’m slower than slow! My fastest build completed was 48 days. It is joy to open a kit and be satisfied and finished in a short period of time. Good for the mojo!
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Thanks Ted, the whole idea of the turkey shoot is to have fun.  But if you can complete the kit in the weekend then so much the better!
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