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Graffiti Tony : 1/48th Otaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)

Here is another vintage Otaki kit, originally released in 1972. For its time it was a decent model with recessed panel lines and lots of overdone rivets (common for this company's releases) that could be bought inexpensively. My version here was the 1980 re-box. You can still pick up these kits (cheap) and are able to produce a decent model for your efforts, however it doesn't hold a candle to the Tamiya kit. (So builders have a choice on what they want to invest.)


Notable Kit Features:


  • Low parts count

  • Basic construction

  • Single piece canopy



Build Inspiration:


Lacking any Japanese types back in the day, I decided to add some opposition to the couple of USN types I had just built. This would also be a test of my airbrush and airbrush skills to see how a squiggle paint scheme would turn out on a 1/48th scale fighter.



Heads-Up Report:


  • Poor Instructions (in Japanese only on my version :)

  • Spartan cockpit with barely passable detail

  • Thick single piece canopy

  • Overdone recessed rivets

  • Low quality pilot figure

  • Thick decals

Note: These same molds were also later re-released by ARII



Kit Additions / Modifications:


This was a basic Out of Box build.



End Result:


I was okay with the result at the time, but ruled out further squiggle paint schemes for the future (maybe now with a better airbrush and skills I may tackle a Ju88... but not anytime soon.)


The After-Build Report:


I would only recommend this Otaki / ARII kit to a novice modeler who wanted an inexpensive kit for a simple build or possibly an intermediate, where you want to try out a technique on a kit and don't want to chance a potential disaster on a more expensive kit.

As a contrast, the 1/48th scale Tamiya kit is the real gem in this scale with excellent engineering and an outstanding cockpit.


Completed build #17 - January 1987 using the 1/48th scale Otaki #OT2-6-500 kit.


Feel free to comment or ask any questions - Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is suppose to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers


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