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Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:08:44 PM »
Time to start something new (but very old). Several years ago I bought a large quantity of old kits at an antique store and this Nichimo Ki-45 was among them:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Start003_zpsd110ec82.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45


As you can see, the box is in pretty rough shape and there was even some water damage from wherever it was stored. Inside is a partially-started airplane that the first owner had started on so many years ago. He/she had built the wings, engines and nacelles:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Start002_zps2962c456.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

 They also laid out where to put frames and stringers in the fuselage and then got this far before putting the kit away for future finishing:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Start001_zpsc3ac82c4.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45


So, my task is to finish what was first started by the original owner. They gave me a good starting point!

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 04:18:35 PM »
What scale is this, 1/48? Look very simple.

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 05:10:04 PM »
Yes, 1/48. The cockpit is not very detailed but the exterior is really quite lovely--recessed panel lines and delicate riveting.

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 05:42:23 PM »
Hello ! :-salut

I built this kit in April... 1979 !
For the time that was a very good kit (Still good, I think).


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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 06:00:05 PM »
If it is good dimension and shape, it is good kit, all the rest could be upgraded ;)

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 06:24:28 PM »
If it is good dimension and shape, it is good kit, all the rest could be upgraded ;)

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 06:37:47 PM »
Great one!

I'm looking at much the same scheme on mine as I wanted to have the upward-firing guns....

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 11:08:12 PM »
The first owner had enhanced the cockpit area quite nicely and I only added a few extra items of detail. This will be built with canopies closed so full detailing would be hard to see at any rate. Then the interior was sprayed and panels detail-painted:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Interior002_zpsca400e47.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45


Afterward I glued the fuselage halves together. While this was drying I test-fitted the canopy parts. The wings, horizontal stabilizers and cowling parts had already been assembled by the original builder and only needed very small corrections on a couple of seams:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Interior003_zpsd7ea1477.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 11:35:42 PM »
We have same style of sponsors :)) Paint bottles ;)

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2014, 11:50:29 PM »
Ha ha!!! I use them a LOT for this..... even better than paint bottles I especially like the foam blocks that come in the Eduard Brassin sets for supporting parts. I have several on the painting table that are used quite a bit.

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 07:31:39 PM »
good start !

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2014, 12:07:37 AM »
My modeling has been slowed considerably lately, both with gardening duties and a dreary head-cold that I'm still recovering from. Here are a few photos that were taken before I fell ill.......
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed001_zps38c961db.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed004_zpsd3844b2a.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed002_zps59bf913a.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45


I gave up on the ancient kit decals and simply decided to paint the roundels.

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2014, 05:32:39 AM »
:-ok

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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2014, 05:14:43 PM »
The cold has not won, I'm feeling somewhat better!

After trying out some of the original decals from this 1970s kit I decided not to try to use most of them. So, I spent some time with the printer making masks for the stylish tail emblem of the 53rd Sentai. Then both colors were sprayed on and the diagonal stripes on the fuselage also were masked and sprayed. The only decals from the kit sheet I used were the five and nine on the lower tail and some small service markings. I may do more markings in this way, but I need to get some much wider Tamiya tape for the purpose. Anyway, here is the finished Toryu, ready for fighting against the B-29 fleets:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed005_zps000604bf.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed016_zpscd5eec21.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed012_zps4070d1bf.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed008_zpsce0300c4.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed007_zps9d7861f6.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/Ki-45Completed006_zps51cb338a.jpg
Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
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Re: Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2014, 05:16:15 PM »
Excellent result mate :-ok This old kit look so descent :-clap