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Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
Nakajima Ki-27 Nate

by Roland Sachsenhofer


Nakajima Ki-27 Nate


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Here are some pictures of my 1/48 scale Manchoukou Air Corps Ki-27 from Hasegawa.

The Ki-27, deployed to the imperial Japanese army in 1938, quickly earned respect in the skies over China. It could even hold it’s own against the agile and retractable gear-equipped Polikarpov I-16 during the Nomonhon-incident in 1939.



By the outbreak of the Pacific war the Ki-27 was obviously obsolescent and had soon to be withdrawn to home defence duties (until 1943) and, slightly modified, to training units. Usually equipped with a 500kg bomb, most of the surviving “Nates” were used up on kamikaze missions.



Construction and Painting


The Ki-27 is built out of the box, as it should be a fast built- Just seatbelts from Eduard were used to supplement the kit parts.

I had the objective to show a dirty and worn aircraft, as a significant picture of this specific exemplar was available to me (take a look at: http://www.ijaafpics.com/jbwki272.htm) For this, I primed the model with Alclad “White Aluminium”, sprayed layers of Gunze “IJA Gray” and then used adhesive tape to gently rip of some parts of the coating.



Following application of the decals – which are of excellent quality - the fuselage and wings got a decent washing with diluted acrylic paint and watercolour to deepen the draggled layout.

Layers of Gunze clear finished this fast and uncomplicated building.

Remarks will be appreciated: ro.sachsenhofer@asn-linz.ac.at


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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2006 by Roland Sachsenhofer
Page Created 05 October, 2006
Last Updated 05 October, 2006

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