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PostSubject: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:34

The new DeAgostini subscription series in Japan is turning out a number of 1:72nd scale diecast replicas that have never been seen before in this scale. The newbies are all Japanese planes, however the manufacturer is good old IXO, well known for cutting corners, many mistakes, ill-fitting add-on parts, etc.As a result, I have been doing some code 3 work on these models to bring them up to passable shape. Let's take a look at three of them, starting with the Ki-100, which was a Ki-61 "Tony" with a new, more powerful, engine that appeared late in the war. Here's a picture of the model in its original form. As usual, the topside green is too dark, but the real issues were the very undersized prop blades and the very high riding canopy---both hard to justify errors and very sloppy work:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:35

Here's a shot comparing the model's canopy with one from a kit for the same plane:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:40

As this model was a mess---with highly impressionistic panel lines, missing detail and the usual IXO problem---ill fitting add-on parts----I decided to have some fun with it. This entailed repainting the topside a much lighter green, creeping up the sides---at the front and rear of the canopy---to create the visual illusion of a snugger, better shaped canopy. I also added the spinner and props from a kit as well as many decals replicating a different scheme with this result:


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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:42

Here's a picture of the same model from the upper rear:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:46

My second code 3 involved the DeAgostini Ki-27, "Nate". This model's main issue was the extreme degree of dihedral to its wings, which made the plane look like a swallow flying to Capistrano. Here's a picture of the model as I received it:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:48

Fortunately, the way the model was constructed allowed corrective pressure to be applied---with care---to lower the wings to their normal dihedral angle. That done, I have completed two code 3s. The one depicted below features ---in my view---a more interesting Japanese Army scheme


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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:50

Again, from the upper rear:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:51

My second Nate depicts a plane used by the Siamese Air Force:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:52

The upper rear:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:55

Finally, we come to the Ki-44--"Tojo". Here IXO did a much better job, except they used oversized auxiliary fuel tanks designed for the Ki-61, not the smaller ones used by the Ki-43 ( "Oscar" ) which IXO has molds for. Another case of needless carelessness. Here's the model in its original form:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:57

This is my first Tojo code 3---with the fuel tanks removed:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:57

A different angle:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 18:59

And my second Tojo code 3---this one's a bomber killer with 40 mm canons in its wings:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Thu Mar 02 2017, 19:00

Upper rear:
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PostSubject: Re: Some WW2 Japanese Code 3s   Fri Mar 03 2017, 00:06

I really like how the Ki-27 you did turned out. Very nice.

I recently purchased my first DeAgostini model, a French Super Mystere fighter, and thought it was an ok model for the price I paid. As you say it is very much an IXO model, but sometimes you need to put up with some of the shortcomings to have a die cast version of a particular aircraft (unless you Code 3 like you do! Smile ). I still have almost all of the original IXO Japanese aircraft they offered from ten+ years ago. Many are still unavailable in 1/72 die cast.
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