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Finally the bomber GB has started. I never have build a bomber, so I'm really looking forward on this! I will build the Betty - a nice kit from Tamiya in 1/48. This is a reboxing of a not that new kit. Actually it's almost 20 years old. Tamiya added some figures and new decals to this kit to replicate the personal GM41 model 11 of Admiral Yamamoto, which was shot down on April 18 1943. Very interesting but I won't build that version. This is a bomber GB and not a transporter one. There must be at least one big torpedo hanging on this plane :-)

Let's start with the pics of the kit:





















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Very nice looking kit Fabian. Best of luck with the build and have fun.
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Another plane that's a little bit different to the norm Fabian, it looks really nice and is that 2 sets of canopies I spy in the pics ? (painted and unpainted)a nice touch by Tamiya.
Nice load of figures included too, a diorama perhaps ?

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Yes Pete, did you also spotted the samurai sword? :-). It's tempting to use the prepainted canopy, but no chance to match this color for the rest of the plane... ordered a Eduard masking set - no messing around ;-).
Don't no what to do with all the figures. I little diorama would be nice!

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Nice one Fabian! 17 figures hey?? That's almost a football team!! (AFL) [wink]
Kit looks pretty good, and yeah nice to see another one out of the "norm". [smile]
Welcome aboard mate. [smile]

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Looking fwd and good luck[thumb]
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Yes, a diorama would be nice - have to search for some pictures for inspiration.

And sorry for all the typos... its sometimes hard to express myself in English. And typing on my phone isn't really helpful - have to make more pictures ;-)

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Don't apologise Fabian, your English is excellent mate !

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Yeah I was going to comment on that too Pete. Fabian I read your posts in an accent!
Because that's how they read, it's pretty cool actually. lol

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Haha, thank you mates, your too kind :-). Me speaking is also funny. I life for quite some time in Amsterdam and starting to develop an accent in my mother tongue Swiss German. Sometimes get those weird looks from friends and family when I visit home, specially after some beers ;-)
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Looks like a winner to me NICE Fabian!!
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Wasn't this the aircraft that used to carry the Okha Kamikaze Bomb towards the end of the war.

It's a great kit, wirh loads of plastic.

Good luck with your build.
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Thanks Nigel. I guess I will start building tomorrow. There's still a lot to do on my P-61 build but I can't wait to at least clean up some pieces en do some dry fitting :-).
They used the G4M2 model for the Oka. This would be a interesting theme for a diorama, but this kit is the M1 version... Hasegawa has a 1:72 kit of the Betty with Oka. Almost bought it but I wanted something bigger ;-)

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Thanks Nigel. I guess I will start building tomorrow. There's still a lot to do on my P-61 build but I can't wait to at least clean up some pieces en do some dry fitting :-).
They used the G4M2 model for the Oka. This would be a interesting theme for a diorama, but this kit is the M1 version... Hasegawa has a 1:72 kit of the Betty with Oka. Almost bought it but I wanted something bigger ;-)


Now I never knew that Hasegawa produce the Betty/ Ohka version in 1/72. Must give that a look.
Thanks for that info Fabian.

Good luck with this build.

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Haha, didn't I wanted to finish the P-61 first? Couldn't stand the temptation of the nice Tamiya box and started anyway :-).
Took a closer look at all the plastic and I'm pretty pleased with it! I started cleaning the parts of the cockpit - which is kind of the hole fuselage, lol - and started dry fitting. The fit is just great. De details... mhmnn, its okee but not great. The problem is that there are really no useful reference fotos of the interior, except the coral reef wrecks. If someone has any pictures... but no problem at all. Found some very inspiring build online of this kit and will use my imagination to busy up the cockpit ;-). Some pics? There you go







Decided to create some open doors to get a view straight through the plane.





Those elector pin marks are almost pretty... almost ;-). Unfortunately this is where the kit is showing his age.





This is the view straight down the Betty :-)



I'm glad I started. Like the kit a lot and she's gone be a fat lady :-)

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