Author Topic: Ki-98  (Read 11215 times)

Offline Frank3k

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Ki-98
« on: May 08, 2013, 11:46:35 AM »
This is the Meng 1/72 Ki-98:



Typical Meng kit - excellent fit and a very easy and fun build. Highly recommended. This is after about a leisurely hour of building:



The only addition so far has been a PE seat, harness & seat belt, rudder pedals (which will be invisible) and some plastic rod behind the seat to represent an early ejection system:



I should add a headrest.

This is the kit supplied instrument panel. Just paint - no decals) and some extra dust, which I'll remove):



The kit offers Japanese, Thai and Manchukuo markings. I'll probably go with French, though, since they were known to have flown the Ki-98 in Indochina (no, really! Would I lie?)

Oh yeah, the cool orange and black skull and cross-bones are from some flannel pajamas that Lisa is making me. I needed some clean flannel to use with my micromesh plastic polishing kit, so she cut some squares from left over material.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 11:48:53 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 02:32:47 PM »
Love the post war French idea. :)

Jealous that this isn't available in 1/48 :icon_twisted:
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 10:01:06 PM »
 The French markings sound pretty cool - that's a dark blue finish over all, right?

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 10:51:09 PM »
Love twin boom pushers!!!  Popcorn is ready, you may proceed!  She going to have any ordnance or fly clean?


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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 05:45:30 AM »
I was going to go with a natural metal finish or light gray overall, but  the dark blue may be an option. I'll look up French aircraft from the period.

It'll definitely get guns in the wing booms and either drop tanks or gravity bombs.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2013, 10:25:38 AM »
Should be interesting how this finishes up.. whatever the final scheme.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013, 04:20:22 PM »
Nice looking details, Frank!

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 04:59:49 AM »
Major construction is finished. It needed very, very little gap filling and most of that was done with Mr. Surfacer.
I was going to go with a prop, but after goofing around with some parts, I'm torn:

with intakes:


using the existing intakes:


Original 4 blade prop:


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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 05:07:59 AM »
She's looking great man!

Are you debating "jet vs prop" or "in flight vs on the ground"?

I personally like the prop as it gives more of a throwback quality but if you want to go with cutting edge then the jet certainly works.  Either way you go though those intakes you fabricated (at least from that angle) look way too big in both length and thickness IF you stay with the prop.  They still might be a bit thick (as in away from the body) for a jet and might disturb the airflow too much.  Either way I like the addition of the scoops as those tiny intakes while probably better aerodynamically, just plain look inadequate so some sort of scoop would be a nice touch but think smaller than the current one you have.

Just my 2 cents  :)
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 05:27:22 AM »
ze jet version looks better to me ! :)

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2013, 06:41:06 AM »
 All aircraft look better in flight.

That said, I like the "radial's-intakes-are the jet's intakes" scheme best. The bigger scoops just mess with the lines of the fuselage
to my eye. One other evil thought occurs to me - you could (1) split the staibilizer, then (2) reverse the rudder halfs, left outer becoming right inner, and vice versa, allowing you to mount the tailplanes outboard of the booms, completely clear of
the jet efflux. or not. it looks pretty cool the way it is.

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2013, 07:14:12 AM »
I'm split between middle-bottom pictures.
For jet can you enlarge intakes a bit w/o those larger scoops ?

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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2013, 09:03:20 AM »
I think.it looks better with the prop. It just "looks right" !!!
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2013, 09:26:58 AM »
If it comes to a vote, I'm with Cliffy and father ennis on the prop  ;)
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Re: Ki-98
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2013, 11:12:42 AM »
props to the prop
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