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GROUP BUILDS => The 2018 One Week Build => Topic started by: Bungle on June 08, 2018, 05:11:57 am

Title: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 08, 2018, 05:11:57 am
I'm going into Nihon'46 territory with an upgraded Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien - the mark IV.

Got a donor kit ready but hopefully not too much surgery / puttying.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 08, 2018, 05:14:01 am
That sounds interesting!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 08, 2018, 06:26:01 am
That sounds interesting!  :thumbsup:

Does indeed
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Tophe on June 08, 2018, 10:21:58 pm
The Hien II was twice more beautiful than the Hien, I hope the Hien IV will be twice more beautiful then the Hien II... ;)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 11, 2018, 02:51:20 am
Well this hasn't started very well. I wasn't a boy scout therefore 'Be prepared' meant sitting down last night and opening the boxes of the two kits. One is beautifully wrapped in it's cellophane and whispering 'Make me, make' (as they do), the other is ..... empty. Or not so much empty but as a box full of part cut decal sheets. So disappointment and joy in one go. Anyway replacement kit coming from KingKit hopefully quickly otherwise I'm not going to get this done and will have to resort to plan B - just a paint and decal change. Bum.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 12, 2018, 02:05:44 pm
Ok Kingkit to the rescue. Order placed before lunch yesterday arrived after lunch today.

Pictures will follow but here is the idea, the Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien....

I'm using the RS Models me-309 V1 model as a base with a Hasegawa Ki-61-1 as a donor. The Hase kit is donating the tail and the nose (just where it dips to the prop). I may also use the wings if it doesn't need too much surgery.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2018, 06:17:59 am
You have piqued my interest sir  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 13, 2018, 06:29:53 am
A Hien with a nose wheel? That sounds sexy!
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 13, 2018, 08:37:50 am
Hopefully mating the 309 to a pair of Hien wings tonight plus hopefully getting the tail to stick.

The 309 is a bit wider in the nose but the original Hiens nose dipped to the pointy spinner. I'm hoping to emulate this by chopping off the last two mm of the Hasegawa donor.

Could all go horribly wrong !

Should say I bought a couple of cheap Revell Hiens from KingKit in case the Hase one went pear shaped. Now I have an RS me-609 but do I have enough time  :wub:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2018, 02:53:17 am
An interesting mix of kits  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 14, 2018, 04:49:42 am
Ok Pictures....

The RS me-309 sprues....

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/36/GgK7bM.jpg)

The me-609 I have is actually two lots of the above plus an additional sprue for the central wing.

The donor Hasegawa boxing...

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/7432/U8rmSs.jpg)

Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 14, 2018, 04:53:26 am
Started work on the cockpit and wheel wells - nothing fancy here...

I also glued the Hasegawa Hien fuselage together pre surgery.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5425/j3rqU6.jpg)

Surgery completed. The width of the tail matches up very well with that of the 309, but I cut it over size and then started to sand it down to a good fit.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/6666/OzDgDh.jpg)

Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 14, 2018, 04:58:51 am
Meanwhile the 309 fuselage is glued (and its not the most prefect fit.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/7559/QhdSCg.jpg)


Which is unlike the wigs which are almost perfect !

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9753/iqkpeH.jpg)

Nose is on as well.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 14, 2018, 05:05:06 am
Added a couple of tabs to help secure the tail....

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/8258/8CHzbE.jpg)

and Roberts your mothers Brother....

she be stuck.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9282/gSTXS0.jpg)


Finally a bit of putty on the joins and other places. One thing you can't see (cos I never took a picture) is that the wings don't quite match up to the fuselage due to the 309's air intake. I have put the 309 part in place plus considerable filler but it may get removed unless it convinces me it should stay (or I run out of time).

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/5013/wdaP74.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 15, 2018, 01:25:34 am
Last night it was sanding time and afterwards a bit more putty. So here are the latest pics....

First look after the first sanding, pretty please with how it's all gone together

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/8867/AsWC25.jpg)

Though not as happy with the air intake underneath (but then who's going to be looking at her belly....

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8803/eNJYkT.jpg)

I don't like the look of the front wheel well so I'm changing how it looks and may not use the kits front under carriage anyway.

The nose looks ok though.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/812/Dh5ii2.jpg)

Going to need more putty on the undersides though.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6056/iMkZZ7.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 15, 2018, 01:46:41 am
So while awaiting the filler to harden a little interlude.

Don't think I'll get this finished for the Group build but what to do with two Revell Hien's and n Me-609....

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6748/5kQNpp.jpg)

Going to need a lot of putty underneath

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2164/to9k3k.jpg)

Hoping to paint the Hien Friday so may get a little more of this done rather than watching paint dry.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 15, 2018, 01:50:45 am
Last one from Thursday night....

Sanded and awaiting a wash then hopefully some paint (and this won't be standard just an imagined scheme)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6976/Bb6hA2.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2018, 06:45:10 am
Coming along really well  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 15, 2018, 07:04:49 am
I am curious about the main lannding gear arrangement after the wing tranplantation?  :o

Looks pretty subtle, though, I like that.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 17, 2018, 12:55:02 am
Well had a good crack at this Saturday night. Must admit I did think there'd be no chance of finishing but due to the wifes plans going astray I was able to get a lot done. Frustrating having to wait for things to dry before doing the next step/ Anyway it was time to add some camouflage ...

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/1321/5z6M9F.jpg)

Didn't photograph the steps leading up to this due to not being ar5ed   <_<

So on with a few decals , I'm not going to do too much just a few roundels and the white tail emblem from the Revell kit (only because it stands out on the blue.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6516/8INXBI.jpg)


(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/5156/bcgV3j.jpg)


Reasonably happy with this and considering the little time I may have (Father's day here in the UK - a day of torture with family and grandkids visiting) only a bit of touching up, finishing touches and a touch of gloss and she's done.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 17, 2018, 12:59:29 am
The other Hien is turning out to be a nightmare. This may not be finished. So much putty and to quick to sand... it was still soft. Painted black to hide all the issues. White decals decided to wrinkle. Undercarriage is a nightmare. Might meet an accident with a wall soon ! :banghead: The kit that is.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/7219/5QuLCz.jpg)

Adding the meatballs has slightly  changed my opinion.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/4403/MEH7Ck.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: zenrat on June 17, 2018, 03:25:01 am
(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/5156/bcgV3j.jpg)

Did you paint the camo?  If you did then wow, that's awesome.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2018, 05:59:27 am

Did you paint the camo?  If you did then wow, that's awesome.

My thoughts exactly.

Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2018, 06:03:41 am
Just realised it's a squadron mate of my recent Ki-87  ;D
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 17, 2018, 11:29:42 am

Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien - Finished.

Will take pictures once all is dry.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 17, 2018, 01:09:37 pm
They are decals (individual) Nightmare !

(https://imageshack.com/a/img921/3151/8WRZK3.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/4222/nRGL9Y.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/7372/EUwPKf.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2448/GLC9T3.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 17, 2018, 01:20:31 pm
I also managed to 'finish' the twin Hien. By finish I mean give up and just stick a few decals on it.

Ugly, horrible, poorly executed but nice idea !


Kawasaki Ki-61-II  V Hien-II


(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9955/yx5ff8.jpg)


(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/1664/8KhmKn.jpg)


(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9955/yx5ff8.jpg)
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Tophe on June 17, 2018, 07:45:41 pm
Ugly, horrible, poorly executed
I disagree! According to me: fully wonderful! Thanks! There's a winner here! :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: zenrat on June 18, 2018, 02:35:31 am
They are decals (individual) Nightmare !...

All those individual decals?! Almost as impressive as if they were paint.

It looks great.  Good job.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2018, 02:39:57 am
Brilliant job  :thumbsup:

I've a couple of those transfer sheets and some Italian ones and I must admit I take advantage of them not being printed as individual "squiggles".
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: Bungle on June 18, 2018, 06:16:12 am
I've a couple of those transfer sheets and some Italian ones and I must admit I take advantage of them not being printed as individual "squiggles".

These are the Print Scale ones so I assumed they were a single sheet. So I mocked up a template of a wing, carefully cut it out from the decal sheet and placed it in water. Turned my back and when I looked again a dish full of individual squiggles. (Please place appropriate swear word here _________ ). If you look carefully on one wing I've got a nice straight line using masking tape and a sharp knife. On the other I couldn't be bothered !

Fuselage was easier to do (larger blobs rather than squiggles - easier option) Some have overlapped but you can't tell. Tried t get a wavy line ... it sort of worked.
Title: Re: Kawasaki Ki-61 IV Hien
Post by: NARSES2 on June 19, 2018, 06:08:10 am
Ah right, thank you. The Japanese ones I got recently are print scale so I'm warned  :thumbsup:

My Italian ones are Mike Grant and I think my old Japanese ones might be Pegasus ? They are in an envelope with some German WWI lozenge and wood grain anyway.