Hasegawa's 1/72 scale
with MXY7 Ohka
Mitsubishi G4M2E Betty
with MXY7 Ohka Mod. 11
images by Brett Green
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Chris Wauchop's latest
project is Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Mitsubishi G4M2E Betty, kit number
51208. This version includes a MXY7 Ohka Mod. 11 Kamikaze rocket plane.
The origins of this moulding is older than the recent Betty kit.
Hasegawa's Betty is nicely detailed
straight from the box, but Chris made the following additions and
added DF loop from fine
wire (a plastic part was supplied but it disappeared during
construction, only to reappear after the new part was fabricated!)
Gun muzzles were drilled
In addition to these custom
modifications, Eduard's photo-etched detail set no. 72 226 was employed.
This set supplied details for the interior in addition to the fuselage
antennae, machine gun ring and beads and many other small details.
Fit was generally good, but
the join line for the nose cone must be eliminated (it does not fall on
a natural panel line) and the clear canopy part is fractionally too
narrow at the rear.
model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.
Paints used included the following:
Leading Edge ID panels
The clear parts received a
coat of Future floor finish carefully applied between the frames after
they were painted. This eliminated a number of obvious imperfections,
including two seam lines moulded on the front of the windscreen.
All canopy framing received
a thin black wash around the edges. This is a simple yet effective
method to add depth to the framing.
Chris employed his usual
weathering techniques, including post-shading panel lines with a thinly
sprayed mix of Tamiya acrylic 70% XF-64 Red
Brown and 30% XF-1 Black.
Edges and natural wear areas
were "chipped" using the point of a silver artist's pencil.
Prior to applying decals, Chris polished the surface of
the model with a fine cloth.
Kit decals were used.
Most of the markings settled down after a short fight
and a coat of Mr Mark Softer, but the fuselage meatballs were
particularly uncooperative, especially over the round hatch. The serial
number also needed extra attention to avoid silvering.
We do not seem to see many of Hasegawa's new-tool 1/72 scale Bettys
built, but it is an impressive and attractive model. The addition of the
Ohka, either slung under the belly or alongside the bomber on its trolly,
adds even more interest.
Chris completed the model in
a total of 67 hours.
The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital
camera against a plain white background.and optimized in Photoshop CS.
The resulting images were cropped, resized to 700 pixels in
width, and saved as a .jpg file for posting on HyperScale.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
|Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko
Betty Units of World War 2
Combat Aircraft 22
Author: Osamu Tagaya
Illustrator: Mark Styling
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
April 25, 2001
Details: 112 pages; ISBN: 184176082X
Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright © 2005 by Chris Wauchop &
Images Copyright © 2005 by
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