The Mitsubishi G3M2 Type 96 Torpedo Bomber was used during the early months of WWII. It participated in the attacks in the Malayan Pennisula and contributed to the sinking of several Royal Navy warships. The Allies assigned the code name of "Nell" to this aircraft. This model is in 1/72 scale.
The Japanese Nakajima Type 97 Fighter, also known as the Ki-27, featured reduced weight and low wing loading that enabled it to be one of the best dog fighters in the world. The Ki-27 fought in the air battles over China and against the Soviets in the Nomonhan Incident in 1939. Manchukuo, which was allied to Japan, received the Ki-27 to serve in its air force during WWII. This model features the colorful national insignia of the Manchukuo Air Force. The Allied forces assigned the code name of "Nate" to this aircraft. I built this Type 97 from aHasegawa 1:72 scale kit. I used the kit decals and painted the model with Floquil and Tamiya paints.
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) in 1/72 scale. Manchuko Air Force, early 1940s.
The Mitsubishi G4M1 "Isshikirikko" was the Imperial Japanese Navy's land based attack bomber during WWII. Although it suffered from catching fire when hit by enemy guns, it had its successes such as sinking several British battleships in the early war years. The G4M was nicknamed "Hamaki" by its crews since it resembled a cigar in shape. The Allied forces assigned the code name of "Betty" to this aircraft. I built this G4M1 from a Minicraft 1:144 scale kit. I used the kit decals and painted the model with Floquil and Tamiya paints.
The Mitsubishi Ki-51 Type 99 Assault Aircraft was a Japanese Army Air Force ground attacker from WWII. This is a late war version used by the Special Attack Group (Kamikaze). I built this Ki-51 from a Hasegawa 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from Aeromaster.
During World War II, the Japanese Army operated the Ki-48 throughout the Pacific War Zone. It was a twin engined light bomber similar in size to a Bristol Blenheim. This particular Ki-48 features a traditional mottle camoflage that was applied to Japanese aircraft operating in wooded areas. I built this Ki-48 from a special edition Hasegawa 1:72 scale kit (the late 1980s release model came in a box with monotone graphics). The model was finished with paints from Tamiya. The decals came from the kit. I purchased it 24 years ago at Hobby Shop Silver in the department store at Kuwana Station in Mie Prefecture, Japan in 1988.
The Showa L2D Transport was a Japanese Navy license built Douglas DC-3. This aircraft is unique in that it served on both sides of the Pacific War. I built this L2D from a Hasegawa 1:200 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.
The Kugisho K5Y2 (Willow) Floatplane trainer was known as the "Akatombo" to the Japanese Cadet pilots who flew it. Akatombo translates to Red Dragonfly in English. Certainly these planes resembled giant Akatambos. The aircraft shown above was based at the Navy's Lake Kasumigauura Base. I built this Akatombo from an L/S 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sango, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.
The Ki-15 "Babs" was the Japanese Army's reconnaissance aircraft. They were encountered in the China-Burma-India area. The American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tigers" frequently engaged in combat with the Babs. It is ironic that the Japanese Army unit flying this particular Ki-15 painted a "Flying Tiger" marking on its tail. I built this Ki-15 from a Hasegawa 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sango, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit and Micro-Scale.
The Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki was the Japanese Army's famous B-29 killer. Well armed and built for speed it took on the massive Superfortresses at high altitude. I built these Ki-44s from Tamiya (the model with mottling) and Hasegawa 1:72 scale kits. The Tamiya model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sango, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit and Hasegawa. The model also features a resin cockpit interior, resin wheels, etched brass combat flaps and a vacuformed canopy. The Hasegawa kits are finished with the same paint brands as the Tamiya kit and use kit decals.
This unusual Bf 109E represents one of the three that were acquired by the Japanese in 1941. They were used in comparison trials by the Japanese Army Air Force with the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki and the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien. The Allies, expecting to encounter Japanese Bf 109s in combat, assigned a code name of “Mike” to the Messerschmitts. In the event none were flown in combat by the Japanese. I built this Bf-109 from an Airfix 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sango, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from Hasegawa. The model also has a vacuformed canopy from Squadron and resin wheels from True Details.
(above) Sopwith Pup
(above) Bristol Bulldog
(above) Aichi D3A1 "Val"
(above) Aichi Type 99 Dive Bomber Seaplane "June" (Modified Aichi D3A1 "Val").
(above) Tachikawa Type LO Transport (modified Lockheed Hudson kit)