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Kawasaki Ki-100-1a (ko)

cockpit set

 

1/48 scale

 

Aires

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 4227 - Kawasaki Ki-100 (Ko) Cockpit
Price: USD$21.46 from Squadron
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged;
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aires 1/48 scale Ki-100 (Ko) cockpit set is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Devotees of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Forces will be pleased to hear that Airies Hobby Models have added a resin cockpit set for the Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-100 (Ko) to their ever expanding Master Series. 

And what a great set it is!  To be truthful, Hasegawa has done a pretty good job with the kit's interior but this set makes it pale into insignificance.  The set comprises both resin and photo-etch parts as well as a clear acetate film for the instrument panel and gun sight. 

 

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The resin parts include: 

  • Cockpit floor incorporating the instrument panel and gun sight

  • Cockpit sides

  • Seat

  • Rear bulkhead

  • Armour plate/headrest

  • Control column

  • The rear half of three machine guns (you only need two) including their mounts and feed covers.

  • Various lever handles

The photo-etch sheet is quite comprehensive and include:

  • rear decking,

  • instrument panel

  • various levers and handles for both the cockpit and the canopy

  • rudder pedals

  • the ring part of a ring and bead gun sight

As with all of the Airies detail sets, the resin parts are cast in the light buff coloured resin.  The casting in my example is superb and without fault.  All details are crisp, sharp and free from warpage.  Airies seems to be modeller friendly and has cast all of the resin parts so that there is a clear delineation between the part and the pour plug which makes separation of the parts very easy indeed and saves a lot of frustration! 

The etched metal parts are in a soft alloy with those parts that need to be folded exhibiting definite fold lines, again making your task easier.  

I was impressed with the acetate instrument panel sheet too as it contains the two reflector glasses.  Yes I know, you can cut these out of any piece of clear plastic but Airies has gone to the trouble of providing space on the sheet for them. 

Are the parts better detailed than the kit parts that they are replacing?  I'd have to say a big YES here.  As stated above, Hasegawa has done a reasonable job with the kit's cockpit but the inclusion of this Airies set will really make it stand out. 

A small instruction sheet is included.  It shows an exploded view of the assembly process in black and white line drawings as well as sage advice "Warning:  Thinning of the plastic parts and dry-fitting of the assembly needed".  Having wrestled with a few of the Airies sets, I'd have to agree with that statement but hey the end product is well worth the effort! 

A down side to the set is that there are no painting instructions but I dare say that you will be able to use the information provided on the Hasegawa instruction sheet or by viewing colour photos from the net a quick "Google" will reveal most details.  If you are lucky enough to have the Monogram Japanese Aircraft Cockpits book there are some great colour pics of a Ki-100 in it yeah I know it is of a different mark but they are pretty much the same. 

I love the Airies packaging and I make no excuses for repeating what I have already written in reviews of some of their other sets.  The parts sit in a vacformed tray which in turn sits on top of the cardboard header.  A vacformed clear plastic cover is then slid over both the tray and the header and it both traps and displays the parts and the photo-etch sheet.  Staples are then punched through the header card and the plastic cover to fasten them together.   This manner of packaging is a real boon as, in these days of mail order hobby shops; your set has a far better chance of arriving at your mail box intact.   

You will note that some of the parts are detached in the photos accompanying this review.  This is not the fault of ether Airies or the mailman.  I have to confess that this was caused by yours truly during his ham fisted efforts in handling the sprues whilst I was photographing them! 

Another quality product from Airies but not for the feint hearted as the packaging holds a very long journey in resin part preparation and the placing of very small etched metal parts. 

Recommended.

 

Footnote 

There are a couple of extra parts in the set.  These are due to the fact that Airies has adapted their other Ki-100 sets to release this one.  Whilst the spare bulkhead is of limited use, I'm sure that the machine gun barrels will come in handy for other subjects.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 05 January, 2005
Last updated 05 January, 2005

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