Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 004 - ALEX TRAN

Alex Tran sent over an excellent presentation and WIP of his 1/72 "Hayabusa", HERE, as well as many many photos of his model. Thank you very much Alex for your contribution to our contest and your patience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







 









 

14 comments:

Arawasi said...

AMAZING!!! 5.0

James said...

Wow! Awesome detail. 5

Hatake said...

Awesome soooo detailed! 5.0

Jan Kaňov said...

4,7.

Fluffy said...

Another 5 from me. These 1/72 builds looking like 1/48 are ridiculous! :D

Anonymous said...

Great work in a small scale! Painting the wing, tail and fuselage markings would give a more uniform look to the rest of the model. Paint chipping and wear is very difficult to accomplish and look convincing, especially in smaller scales. Being subtle is the key to paint chipping and wear and you are very close to this subtlety, 4.7

Barby jean said...

Very nice thought a bit heavy on the chipping at this stage of the war. BTW the way the pilot's name is Kato ace from the 64th Sentai. 4,4 for me;

Haku said...

Excellent. Looks very well done, everything looks almost real.
4.9

PianoMan said...

Very artistic and skillfully produced.
Love it! 5.0

D. Chouinard said...

Wow! Very well done for 1/72nd! 4.9

Anonymous said...

As others have said for a 1/72 it looks like a 1/48. But if I put on my judges hat (I have never been a model contest judge but I have attended many conventions - is that the same as playing one on TV?), I have to subtract points for over weathering. Japanese planes at this point in the war (late 1941-42) were properly painted at the factory and did not chip like those in the late war years. Also considering this was the 64th Sentai commanding officers aircraft and you can be sure it was well cared for.
So my vote is a 4.4

Wind Swords

Atra SevenSevenSix said...

Thanks very much for all your feedback and advice thus far everyone, much appreciated and will definitely learn from it!
Before this build I've only ever been familiar with IJN planes, being my main interest, so this was my first with one from the IJA. Overall though, this build was satisfying for my inner artist, especially when trying out the hairspray technique for the first time.
As mentioned in my WIP, I tried copying a diagram of the exact air frame present in a reference book shown to me by a local veteran modeler which had chipping (admittedly a bit less than my build). Don't know about it's accuracy but a number of 64th Sentai planes in that book were presented to have some form of wear with this one being somewhere in the middle (I'll note the book's name during my next visit). Did these early war planes ever get re-coated with paint whenever they chipped?

Thanks very much again!

Regards,

Alex.

Michael Thurow said...

For historical accuracy in this discussion we should take into account that Hayabusas of this period were factory-delivered in NMF and camouflaged at depots or in the field. There are quite a number of pictures of 64th Sentai Ki-43-Is in NMF, dark green and green/brown schemes. Controversy exists about the bottom colors (NMF or grey or grey/green or all? - see aviationofjapan.com July 2008 posts). The photos also show that weathering ranges from none to heavy. My own contest entry is based on a picture of the original plane where large chunks of camouflage have peeled off.
Since the hinomarus were factory-applied they should not be chipped strongly, particulary there's no green to show through!
In my view Alex Tran's model is one of the best in the contest, and if I were not a contender I would give it a 4.9.

The kit slayer said...

Like this a lot. Well done. Wing root wear and tear looks good to me. 4.5