1/48 scale Ki-115 Tsurugi Profipack is available online from Squadron
Here are a few pictures of my last model - the Eduard Profipack Tsurugi
Ki-115 in 1/48 scale.
The Eduard model is terrific, but I realised there was a difference in
size between each fuselage half. I had a conversation with Eduard’s
chairman who told me he already knew about this problem, and a
correction is already on the way.
Each part was cleaned and
prepared very carefully. This need for a little more time is a result of
the small problem. Once it is done, the building is very precise.
Equipped with plenty of reference, I decided to make scratch build some
improvements to improve the realism of my Tsurugi. All control surfaces
were separated from the plane to be positioned in dynamic positions. The
fuel tank was made from scratch. The right tire was cut of the wheel,
and the left wheel was modified to simulate having a puncture.
Bullet damage was added after thinning the plastic of the fuselage from
the inside with a dentist tool. The plastic has to be translucent to be
ready for this job. Incoming and outgoing impacts were made with an X-Acto
I decided to represent this plane just after an American strafing
attack, caught at the moment the plane was about to take off. Engine
explosion caused alterations in the rear part of the exhaust pipes (oil
and smoke). As if this was not enough, the plane was put out of action
by Japanese mechanics before trying to repair it. This is the reason no
broken parts are visible on the ground.
This model won a Gold medal at the «Mondial de la Minaiture» of Paris
in April 2004.
Eduard's 1/48 scale Ki-115 Tsurugi is almost perfect - easy and fun to
build. This very original plane offers many opportunities for some
interesting and finishes.
I warmly recommend this plane for its originality and quality.
It only took 15 days to achieve this result!
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2004 by Guerrero
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