D4Y3 Suisei "Judy"
Kugisho D4Y3 Suisei
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Here is my Fine Molds 1/48 Kugisho D4Y3 Suisei "Judy".
It represents a Judy of the 601st Kokutai, while at the Hyakurihara
Naval Air Base, in Ibaragi Japan during 1945.
I found the name "Fine Molds" to a bit of a misnomer, as the kit is
an eccentric mix of recessed panel lines on the majority of the
airframe, with some raised lines on the fuselage.
The model suffers from mismoulding, poor fit, inconsistent scribing
and simplified, minimal detail.
The clear parts are really not that clear and no amount of polishing
would improve their clarity. It would appear that the slight haziness
was something in the plastic and not superficial. In addition, the clear
parts are quite thick and had considerable flash.
The following minimal modifications were performed to the kit.
photo-etched seatbelts added
thottle/mixture controls added
rear gunner's mount drilled out where
antenna wire made from stretched
pilot's sliding canopy replaced with
exhaust pipes drilled out
ignition wires added to engine
upper cowl intake openedrear
navigation light replaced with clear sprue
The pitot tube was replaced with hypodermic needles.
- oleo torque links drilled out
- tail wheel hub drilled out
The airframe was painted with Xtracolor X109 Marine Corp Green
FS14052 and X354 IJN Grey.
All national insignia and wing walk markings are painted on and the
model is weathered with chalk pastels.
Asahi Journal, Volume 4, Number 3
Famous Airplanes of the World No. 145
Carrier Bomber Suisei
Famous Airplanes of the World No. 69
Navy Carrier Dive-Bomber Suisei "Judy"
Model Art No. 406 Camouflage &
Markings of Japanese Navy Bombers in WWII
Japanese Aircraft Interiors 1940-1945
by Monogram Technical Publications
Profile Publications No. 241 Aichi
D3A (Val) & Yokosuka D4Y (Judy) Carrier Bombers
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below to view larger images:
|The Concorde Story
Author: Christopher Orlebar
US Price: $29.95
UK Price: £19.99
May 20, 2004
Details: Hardback; 232 pages; ISBN:
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2004 by Randy Lutz
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