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Eduard's 1/48 scale
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

by Randy Lutz

 

Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

 


Eduard's 1/48 scale Ki-115 Tsurugi Profipack is available online from Squadron

 

Construction

 

Here is my 1/48 scale Eduard Nakajima Ki.115 Tsrugi.

As this model was a review sample, it was built using only what came in the kit and would comply with the IPMS out-of-the-box rules. I found he model to be a bit of a mixed blessing, in that it is a subject that I find very interesting, but I also found it presented some building challenges which should not be present given today's technology.

 



With the release of the Ki.115, Eduard has finally addressed one of my pet peeves, namely far too shallow relief moulded on the interior parts, as they have done in the past with kits such as their P-39 and Tempest, as well as their Gavia counterparts, like the La-7 and Lysander. In this regard, the moulding is an improvement.

But on the other hand, my kit suffered from severe mould mismatch or mould shift. Every part that had detail moulded into both sides needed major cleanup and proved to be the single biggest problem with the kit.

 

 

Markings

 

I also did not like the decals and found they were not of the same quality as decals from the aforementioned kits. I could not get the hinomarus to settle into the rivets and panel lines, even after hitting them with multiple applications of Solvaset.

 

 

It is possible the decals may have performed better with a different setting solution, so others may have better luck. Ultimately, once the model was finished, I removed the decals and painted the himomarus.

A complete review and build article will be appearing in an upcoming issue of SAMI.

 

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Randy Lutz
Page Created 03 October, 2005
Last Updated 03 October, 2005

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