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Tony

Tony

Tony

 

by Scott Scalfani

 

 

This is a Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale Kawasaki Ki61 Hei Hien (Tony). To get the authentic looking Japanese camouflage, I first sprayed the entire model with Alclad Silver.

 

 

 

After letting it dry for 3 days, I oversprayed it with Japanese Army Green using the Paasche airbrush with an H-1 tip. This was followed by a thinned Japanese Green with a little white mixed in. The aircraft was than washed with artist oil paint to bring out the panel lines and to blend it together

 

 

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TonyFor reference material, I used a photo of 244 Sendai found on Okinawa. This unit had red tails, except for this one. For some reason it was overpainted, but I left some patches with the red showing through.

 

 

The kit comes with a one piece windscreen. I slit it with an Xacto #11 to open it up. Contrary to what some think, the yellow ID line on the leading edge did not have hard edges, so I feathered it.

 

 

Photos by Jeff Junker