Author Topic: Ki-98  (Read 11096 times)

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2013, 02:23:04 PM »
Yeah, the "jet" intake isn't right but not having one wouldn't allow sufficient inflow for the turbine.

You could go a 4th option, which would be to keep the original intakes & add flatter intakes below & forward of them, say in line with the cockpit tub.

That said; I do like the streamlined shape of the prop-job.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2013, 12:05:14 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions. The prop is really fragile (I bent a blade just playing with it) so I went with the jet option. I like the idea of a clean, streamlined fuselage, so I closed off the vents (or exhausts) at the rear of the plane.

 I think there are enough intake vents in the front; there are four extra vents along the bottom, in line with the other vents. Compared to the DH Vampire's intakes,  these vents seem to provide a similar or even larger intake area.

I'm working on a back story and I'm trying to think up a good color scheme:
1 - All metal
2 - gray overall
3 - light blue overall (RLM 76ish, basically bluer than the all gray option)
4 - dark blue
5 - sand and green

I'm  having a hard time finding era appropriate (late 40s - early 50s) French color schemes that are not just French Navy blue or all metal.

Re: Ki-98
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2013, 08:22:58 PM »
You could add a larger intake on the belly, in place of the existing ventral oil cooler.



My 2 cents.

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Offline Frank3k

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2013, 11:30:12 PM »
You could add a larger intake on the belly, in place of the existing ventral oil cooler.

I may do that, since there is a precedent - the Nene powered Vampires had a supplemental intake.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2013, 05:46:27 AM »
I vote for keeping it sleek. OK so there's not the big intake we're all used to, it'll look wicked fast!

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2013, 12:27:06 PM »
Here's what it looks like with the rear vents blanked off:



Top view:


With drop tanks (just test fit) and the auxiliary intake (the kit oil cooler intake, moved forward):



You can also see the holes for the extra guns at the front of the wing pods. I'll add some barrels at the end.

I just found a side view of a RR Nene engine. I scaled it to 1/72 and printed it out. It would have fit perfectly in the Ki-98!
« Last Edit: May 15, 2013, 12:52:13 PM by Frank3k »

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2013, 02:57:05 PM »
Looking good jet powered.   :)
Like that you sized engine fit.  Thatz what I do too.
Revell 1/100 F-16 scoop or similar on bottom is possibility.

Re: Ki-98
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2013, 10:07:42 AM »
That looks good.


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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2013, 06:08:03 AM »
Wow is that every looking good, Frank!

I'd say you've totally managed to capture the essence of this GB and the paint's not even on yet!

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2013, 11:34:13 AM »
WOW :-* :-* :-*

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2013, 12:19:34 AM »
I'm trying to keep this as period accurate as possible, so i went with standard French all green camo over gray. I started discoloring it, to give it the appearance of an aircraft that has been exposed to some tropical heat and humidity:



The darker color is the original; I splotched on some lighter versions of the green.

I also got an Aries 1/72 Rolls Royce Nene engine from Sprue Bros. on Saturday. It's mostly finished, except for some PE and painting. The intake grills are PE.
It's as if this plane had been designed for this engine; it would fit perfectly:





I still have to work on the weathering and even out the color, but I'm making the decals right now. As a front line aircraft, it probably wouldn't have the yellow surround around the roundels, but I'm making some with them. I'm also making stencils. I assume "étape pas" would be the equivalent of "NO STEP"? Or would they spell it out "ne pas étape" or "ne pas marcher"?


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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2013, 02:48:20 AM »
Coming along nicely
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2013, 06:42:16 AM »
The Nene does look like an amazingly good fit!  :)
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2013, 07:00:53 AM »
It's scary how the Nene looks like it was made for this bird.

The paintwork is really outstanding, Frank! You've totally captured that well worn look.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2013, 06:22:06 AM »
Mostly finished, except for the dangly bits.



Surprisingly, my French roundel blue is fairly close to the color used in the early 50s. I printed (but didn't use) roundels with a yellow surround. Other than the preshading and panel lightening, there's very little paint chipping or other wear marks.



The shark's mouth decal is a bit bigger than I intended. I thought I'd measured it, but it's about 25% larger than I intended. I had an odd silvering on some of the smaller decals (I use Future under the decal as a setting agent). I tried using some Solvaset after they were down and it reacted with the paint underneath. I pushed most of them down, so the silvering is not as obvious.


 I had an issue with the canopy masking (I always have an issue masking canopies, even when I use a pre-cut mask) and I had to redo it three times until I got a good enough frame. That's why the colors don't quite match; it's not the kit's fault - it's mine. What saved me is that I used pressure sensitive adhesive to hold down the canopy. It was easy to pop it off without damaging the paint under and around it. The color difference isn't as obvious indoors (vs. out in direct sunlight).
I took one more picture after this, with the plane perched on the balcony railing. A gust of wind knocked it off the clipboard, but luckily it landed on the balcony and not on the pavement 5 floors below. Just the nose gear was knocked off and there was other minor damage. Pretty lucky, I think.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2013, 11:49:25 PM by Frank3k »