Sunday, 25 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - GARY WENKO #1

I've been making models of captured equipment for years now. Although not all models are competition quality, many of them are of interesting subjects and markings and in any case it's nice to be able to share the interest.
- Gary Wenko -
1/48 Fine Molds Ki-43 III in French markings
1/72 Tamiya Seiran in speculative "attack" markings (USAAF)
1/72 LS Ki-46 in Soviet markings
1/72 FROG Lagg 3
1/72 Hasegawa Jake in French markings

Hasegawa 1/72 Claude (Soviet)
Hasegawa 1/72 Brewster Buffalo

Revell 1/72 Polikarpov I-16
 LS 1/72 Ki-46 Dinah (French)
Revell (FROG) 1/72 Rufe
Hasegawa 1/72 P-40E
Rare Planes (vacform) 1/72 Curtiss Wright CW-21

Friday, 23 February 2018


A friend from Canada is asking "if anyone in Arawasi land has the following resin model kits that they may want to sell:

Create301 1/72 Nakajima G5N Shinzan "Liz" Bomber
Planet Models 1/72 Mitsubishi Ki-57 "Topsy"

Legato 1/72 Cant Z1018CN Night fighter (ok Italian but a really cool plane!)"
I haven't seen a Create 301 "Liz" in Japan for more than 10 years but if you can help with the above request, send an email to:
Also has anyone ever seen the very elusive "Try Angle" 1/48 Ki-102 "Randy"? I have their "Randy" in 1/72 but I have never seen it in 1/48.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - MIKE GRANT

Below are three images of my Hasegawa 1/48 Mitsubishi J2M3 "Raiden" (Jack) in captured US markings, as my entry in the ‘Opposites Attract’ contest. The model was built several years ago, and the decals were self-made (though Hasegawa later released a version with the same markings). The model was built out-of-box and finished in various shades of Alclad. Despite its age the Jack remains one of my favourite models, though I noticed while photographing it that one of the wingtip lights has gone AWOL…

- Mike G - Calgary, AB, Canada -


Monday, 19 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - MARK JAHSAN #2

Attached are a few pics of two Nakajima Ki-84’s in 1/48. The Japanese one shows the Hayate captured at Clark field. It’s the Otaki kit, and IIRC it’s the kit decals as well.
The silver one is the Tamiya kit with Rising decals, showing the same plane under test by TAIC.
Yes, the modeling is basic, but I build mostly for my own satisfaction.
- Mark Jahsan -

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - JOHN TATE

Respectfully submitted for Arawasi Model Contest 007, are images of a Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" in captured markings (RAF ATAIU-SEA, 1946); I built the kit out-of-the-box with Aeromaster decals. Interestingly, this model mirrors the theme of the contest, as it also wore full IJAAF markings (additional image attached). A difficult kit, it nevertheless can be finished as a nice model of this exceptionally beautiful Japanese aircraft.
John Tate - Albuquerque, NM USA

Friday, 16 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - JACOB TERLOUW

This is my modest contribution to the contest ( George,without your help I could not have build this one!). Building isn’t so easy for me anymore because of tremor in my hands but I still like it a lot.
An  A&W 1/144 resin  of the Tachikawa Ki-54-C "Hickory".
There were some fitting problems to fix but I can live with the result & it is a nice plane to look at.
For this kit I used Tamiya acrylic white mixed with a little yellow. The RAPWI (Recovery Allied Prisoners  of War & Internees) decal was made on scale by Black Lion Decals (in Holland) and for the Green Crosses I used strip cut out of  an all green decal film.
The history:
After the surrender of Japan there was a need to to bring the P.O.W’s and  civilians of  the camps in Indonesia  to safer places. There was a shortage of  transport planes and because of that a number of  Japanese planes in airworthy condition were put in that role. Some ten Ki54’s were used and not seldom flown by Japanese crew. When they were repatriated the planes flew with a British and/or Dutch crew. Because of accidents, lack of spare parts and sabotage no more than three were in service by mid 1946
- Jacob Terlouw -

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - MARK JAHSAN #1

A few pics of two Tamiya Buffaloes in 1/48, a before and after. The Dutch one was done with Aeromaster decals, the Japanese using Rising decals. My photography has not been good lately, these are much more washed out than they appear IRL.

Mark Jahsan - Grand Haven USA

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Civil Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane II by Claudio Luchina

Our friend Claudio Luchina just finished an exquisite Civilian Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane II. Enjoy the photos below and visit his most interesting blog HERE for a WIP & HERE for more photos of the finished model.  

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - EDUARD BADESCU

My name is Eduard and here's my entry,  a Ki-43 Haybusa in Chinese markings.
The kit is the old 1/72 Fujimi, with some extra scratch-built details, a full rivet job and a vacu-formed canopy. Decals were sourced from Bestfong.
After I have finished and photographed the model, I have realized that the 43 I version had no landing light in the wing, so o had to remove it...somehow
Thank you!
- Eduard Badescu, Romania -

A photo of the real plane in color


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 007 - DEREK COOPER

This is the famous "Koga's Zero" (aka the Akutan Zero) in 1/72 scale made from the new-tool Airfix kit, with decals from the spares box. For those who do not already know, this was the first Zero to be evaluated by the Allies (but not actually the first to be captured intact, more of which anon...). The unfortunate Koga Tadeyoshi was participating in the Japanese attack on the Aleutians in June 1942 when he was obliged to make a forced landing on the island of Akutan. He mistook a swamp for a safe landing area, and his aircraft flipped over on landing, killing him instantly.
The wreck remained undiscovered for over a month, but was then discovered by US forces who deemed the aircraft to be salvageable. It was subsequently shipped to Dutch Harbour and then on to the USA, where it was repaired and test-flown at the San Diego Naval Station. This gave the Allies valuable information about the Zero, including its lack of armour and its comparatively poor diving speed.

- Derek Cooper -
Derek has an impressive collection of captured Japanese aircraft models and we featured some in past posts, here, here, here and here