This. This would be my next project, the first model airplane I've worked on in fifteen years. I bought this a few years back from the consignment pile at Viking Hobbies when I still lived near Sacramento, CA. It's not even a subject I really like! I got an idea in my head back then about building aircraft from the Battle of Midway and went in to shop around, but they didn't have a single subject I wanted. I settled on this because, hey, it's Japanese, and in the right scale. (1/72) This Kawasaki Ki-45 kai 'Toyru' would be perfect to practice some different techniques and might just break me out of my funk.
Plastic airplanes were my gateway drug, man! Way back in about 1987 or so I bought my first model kit and that led into miniature wargaming fifteen years later. Things are coming full circle, as I think the skills I've developed through building and painting Flames of War minis will translate back to models. Multi-media with resin and metal? Check. Airbrush work? Done it. Weathering and detailing? Yep. Additionally, now that so many Flames of War minis are going plastic, practicing on this makes sense. I won't be afraid of 'messing up' this one, as I have no plans for it after I'm done. Maybe I'll hang it from my kids' ceiling, like I used to do.
|Eight sprues of grey and clear plastic. Hasegawa makes some of the nicer kits in this scale, if I remember correctly.|
|Sub-assemblies before airbrushing the interior.|