Builds Japanese Kamikaze Nakajima KI-43 Hayabusa (oscar) shot down and crashing 1/32

It arrived today, quite a large kit 1/32 scale by Hasagawa, my first Hasagawa as it goes, and probably one of the most ambitious projects I've ever attempted, I may well fail, due to the complexity of what I want to achieve with this.
box art.jpg

namely that the plane will be modelled as a destroyed Kamikaze falling short of it's target and
crashing into the sea. Shot down by anti aircraft fire from the ships.
a quick look in the box for now.
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quite a large model being 1/32, the fuselage length 9inches minus the engine cowling and prop.
the decal sheet is giant, shown here with the standard Arrse modelling coke can for scale, (has to be full fat coke)
big decal sheet coke can scale.jpg

the pilot will be needed of course, on his one way trip, hope this figure is better than the drawing suggests.
instructions pilot.jpg

not much interior detail, I've ordered the eduard PE set for this, but I'll be scratch building a lot of the exposed structure, exposed due to the aircraft breaking up on impact with the sea that is.
instructions engine.jpg
 
I need to do a lot of research on this before I start, aircraft colours, The Kai was used by IJA who, not to be outdone by the IJN had their own kamikaze Squads. plus I need to learn how a plane like this breaks up on impact with the sea, what the pre crash shell damage would look like, how to form the water splashes and shells hitting the water around it. The plane will be a worn, battle weary machine before it even started out on the mission, so quite an interesting project.
instructions engine to fuselage.jpg
 
No point in being knocked out by air turbulence banging your head on the canopy or gunsight or being injured in a take off crash because you had no harness. A lot of the pilots who went on the kamikaze missions were escort pilots,not actual suiciders,whose job was to fend off any Allied aircraft that tried to interfere,as well as providing navigation guidance to barely trained pilots. The escort pilots were expected to come home. Apart from that, the harness was permanently fitted to the seat and it's just for moulding convenience that the pilot figure "wears" one.
 
It arrived today, quite a large kit 1/32 scale by Hasagawa, my first Hasagawa as it goes, and probably one of the most ambitious projects I've ever attempted, I may well fail, due to the complexity of what I want to achieve with this.
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namely that the plane will be modelled as a destroyed Kamikaze falling short of it's target and
crashing into the sea. Shot down by anti aircraft fire from the ships.
a quick look in the box for now.
View attachment 556129
quite a large model being 1/32, the fuselage length 9inches minus the engine cowling and prop.
the decal sheet is giant, shown here with the standard Arrse modelling coke can for scale, (has to be full fat coke)
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the pilot will be needed of course, on his one way trip, hope this figure is better than the drawing suggests.
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not much interior detail, I've ordered the eduard PE set for this, but I'll be scratch building a lot of the exposed structure, exposed due to the aircraft breaking up on impact with the sea that is.
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Ditch the pilot figure they are not much better than 60's Revell™️ pilots. At the least replace the head if possible
 

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Ditch the pilot figure they are not much better than 60's Revell™️ pilots. At the least replace the head if possible
My thoughts exactly
This bloke looks a bit better

If you're feeling flush and have a tame 3d printer bod
 
You also may have some serious seams to fill if its a 70's hasegawa kit (Like the half rudder). I've built several of their Spitfire Mk V's and the seams have no logic going right across ailerons, and flaps instead of at the normal lines you would expect, because of that you may also have a lot of sink marks
 
quick peek at the front half of the pilot figure, he does look a bit 1970's era molding.
pilot front.jpg


mind you, you might not see him clearly thought the blood and oil sprayed canopy.
 
My thoughts exactly
This bloke looks a bit better

If you're feeling flush and have a tame 3d printer bod
nice spot, but they do look a bit calm, they must be on a long recce flight. I wonder if I could find just a head either yelling (Banzi!) or dead, Japanese 1/32 Airfix Infantry, they do a bit of Banzi.
 
I shall be following this one with GREAT interest! My first ship (in the 70s) had allegedly actually survived a kamikaze attack!

Will it be finished before the Wokka........?
 
You're going to build a model of a kamikaze aircraft?

Can I make a suggestion that might save a lot of time and still recreate it perfectly?

Get a Bic lighter.
 

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nice spot, but they do look a bit calm, they must be on a long recce flight. I wonder if I could find just a head either yelling (Banzi!) or dead, Japanese 1/32 Airfix Infantry, they do a bit of Banzi.
Thought you were going for knocked out?
 
nice spot, but they do look a bit calm, they must be on a long recce flight. I wonder if I could find just a head either yelling (Banzi!) or dead, Japanese 1/32 Airfix Infantry, they do a bit of Banzi.
Actually one of the Nip heads would work
 
Looking at that ARRSE coke can, it looks about Spit size?
 

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