Eduard's 1/48 scale
by Randy Lutz
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
1/48 scale Ki-115 Tsurugi Profipack is available online from Squadron
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.
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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2005 by Randy Lutz
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