Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003

Thursday, 23 February 2017

NEW Publication - The IJNAF Interceptor "Shiden" N1K1-J

Title: The Imperial Japanese Navy Interceptor "Shiden" N1K1-J series, photo & illustrated
Authors: Yoshino Yasutaka
Pages: 127
Size: 21X26
Photos: 144
Profiles: 13
Published by Dai Nippon Kaiga, Feb. 2017.
A new publication by DNK dedicated mostly to the Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" prototype. Dozens of high quality photos that appear first time in-print covering every detail of the prototype. There are seven pages with color illustrations by artist Sato Kunihiko (from Model Art) as well as side and bottom color views by Yoshino Yasutaka of "Shiden" belonging to various units. There is also a chapter with a few photos and drawings detailing the various differences between the "Shiden" prototypes, pre-production and production versions. Unfortunately no English in the book but a highly recommended one nonetheless.
The book is available through our on-line store: HERE

Monday, 20 February 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003 - Mike Terre

I'd like to offer the following entry to the contest. It's the 1/72nd scale Roden Nieuport using Rising decals "J-Birds" sheet. The wire wheels are from Toms Model Works with stretched sprue used for rigging. Tamiya paints used throughout.

Mike Terre - Milton, Delaware, USA


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003 - Cameron Lohmann

This is a 1/72 Profiline kit Let L-13A Blanik. The kit says it's from the the F-Air Flight School Aeroclub, Benesov in the Czech Republic 2008. So apparently it doesn't have much to do with Japan but for the paint job. I wanted to try some different modeling techniques and used this as my experiment. Something different just for fun.
Cameron "ArchFluffy" Lohmann - Florida, USA

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Artist - Danilo Renzulli

Our good friend Danilo Renzulli is known for his work with Windsock Datafiles. He recently uploaded some of the paintings he has created over the years on his personal webspace. Take a look HERE for some absolutely stunning aviation artwork. 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

"Frank in and out" by Panagiotis Koubetsos

Hi all,
It was my first natural metal finish attempt and at the same time the last Japanese project. So I did my best to show justice to the fastest Japanese aeroplane in WW2.Both kits were from Hasegawa and I added a lot of scratchwork having a sufficient ref material at hand partly due to George Eleftheriou's help. A lot of effort was put on the modelling bench but the final result-I think- was worth it. I called the project ''Frank in and out'' for obvious reasons.lol..! I hope you like my work..
The NMF Hayate got the gold medal,the best aircraft and the Best Of Show award in last year's Greek IPMS competition. I'm really happy a Japanese aeroplane made it to the top!
Panagiotis Koubetsos - Greece
I heard that Panagiotis is considering this project to be his last Japanese aviation subject. I'm sure we all agree that we would very much like to see more Japanese aircraft models from Master Modeller Panagiotis Koubetsos. Leave a message if you want him to continue building Japanese aircraft or change to modern Greek aviation.




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Emily's here!

The morning's here
Emily's here
My wallet's clear
Wife shed a tear
Will cut on beer, but
Emily's here
 ("Friends" fans know the music to the above lyrics)

Okay, first of all the kit is HUGE! The biggest Japanese aircraft kit I've ever seen. Yes, bigger than the old Hasegawa "Mavis". Dimensions are 41X27X11cm!!! And heavy, 1kg!!!
It has a 16-page instruction booklet, a dozen trees plus two for the clear parts, a huge decal sheet giving markings for three different aircraft AND special masking sheet for the clear parts (canopy, nose, turrets) PLUS an excellent poster in color with an illustration showing the interior of the aircraft.


Monday, 6 February 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 003 - Carlo Reita

The kit is the Hasegawa 1/200 787-8 in ANA first livery. It is 28cm long  and the wingspan is 30cm. I built it out of the box and is an easy build like most of the modern airliners. The kit is well designed and given the scale there is not much that can be done to detail it. The white and the grey are from the specific ANA colour set by Gunze. The only real difficulty is to correctly place the huge decals without breaking them and then take the time for all the stencils. Looking back at the pictures actually I built it over one year ago, time flies ....
 I bought the kit in Tokyo (one of the model shops in Akihabara) during one of my trips in Japan. It was my first flight on the type and I noticed that the kit allowed to do the same registration I flew on in the morning.
Carlo Reita - France

Friday, 3 February 2017

Model Art #939

Following the release of MA#927, HERE, MODEL ART decided to release a second volume, again entitled "Nihon Riku-Kaigunki Dai Zukan" or "Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Airplanes Illustrated Book #2" or simply Model Art #939. It has 146 pages full of photos and illustrations by the well-known duo of Sato Shigeo & Sato Kunihiko. This time it is split into three parts: IJAAF & IJNAF gun sights, IJAAF & IJNAF drop tanks and subjects of various interest including gun-cameras, the stabilizing float of Mitsubishi F1M "Pete", Zero Model 21 formation lights and markings for TainanKu Zeros, various details for the Mitsubishi 1MF, markings for the Nakajima A2N, markings and details for the Mitsubishi B1M, a very interesting 6-page special on the Mitsubishi triplane 1MT, a six page on the Mitsubishi 1MT floatplane operated by Ando Hikoki Kenkyujo and a very helpful to the modellers 10-page special on the Nakajima Ki-44 "Shoki" that could help you detail and paint the Hasegawa 1/32 kit.
When I got this second volume last year I wasn't particularly impressed by the haphazard choice of subjects. I liked better the first "Zukan 1" and that's why this short review is so belated. I'm not sure how helpful to modellers are the beautiful nonetheless illustrations of the interior construction of the small floats of the "Pete" or the interior of the "Zero" drop tanks or the fine details of gun sights usually hidden inside closed cockpits. The last part about the "Shoki" though is really very helpful to modellers and I can't recommend it enough. Yes, it will answer ALL your questions about the landing gear and wheel well colors as well as the cockpit seat, belt, instrument details and much more.
Everything else I think concerns mostly aviation historians, aircraft restoration technicians and Japanese aviation fanatics (myself included).
So, all in all I don't know how recommended this publication is but in any case it is available through our on-line store, HERE.  
If you have already purchased this publication leave a comment if you like with your thoughts.

I have both volumes in this superb series.
The quality of artwork exhibited here is stunning - they are two of my favorite volumes on Japanese aviation. I often simply browse through these books with a cup of coffee - always picking up a new detail here and there...
This volume (number 2) contains fantastic sections on gunsights, droptanks, floats and various details on Japanese biplanes...
The highlight for me though, is the comprehensive section on the Shoki at the rear of the book.
For anyone who appreciates detailed artwork - these books are a must.
Adam O'Brien