Ki-43-1 "Early Oscar"
conversion for Revell
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
Conversion Set #1 - Ki-43-1 "Early Oscar"
USD$15.00 by email from
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to convert to the early version of the Oscar; well packaged.
mixed quality of detail and mastering; pinholes in resin just below
surface; will need some extra work to bring up to standard.
for experienced modellers willing to do some extra work.
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U.M.I. Resin from the United States is a newcomer
to resin conversion world. A “cottage industry” producer, their first
three sets are all to 1/32 scale and are for aircraft of WWII Axis air
U.M.I.’s conversion set #1 enables you to produce a 1/32 scale Nakajima
Ki-43-1 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) or “Oscar” as the Ki-43 was called
under the recognition system devised by the Allied Technical Air
Intelligence Unit to identify Japanese aircraft during WWII.
Both of the 1/32 scale Ki-43 kits produced to date are of latter
variants of the Oscar. This conversion set enables you to back-date
either the Revell (recommended) or the Hasegawa kit to produce the -1
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The (main) external differences between the -1 and
the later Oscars are the cowl, increased span wings, and a two bladed
The set comprises:
All of the parts bar the back-plate have been cast
in a light tan coloured resin. The back-plate is in a white coloured
U.M.I has made a reasonable fist of the conversion. Being a “Cottage
Industry” producer, the casting is not up to the standards of Cutting
Edge or Aires. However, the set is reasonably well executed and
The parts exhibit a rough “texture” and will benefit from the attentions
of fine grade wet and dry sandpaper. The trailing edges of the propeller
are a little thick and will benefit from thinning whilst the trailing
edges of the cowl flaps are pretty good.
The detail is a mixture of soft for the cowl flaps to sharp for the
external starter fitting on the spinner. No pinholes were present in my
samples but are evident when you hold the pieces up to the light and
will present a problem when you sand through their thin walls as you
prepare the parts.
The instructions required to accomplish the conversion are supplied as
hand drawn illustrations and hand lettered instructions on two
photocopied A-4 sized pages.
The parts are inserted into the ubiquitous plastic zip-loc bag which is
then wrapped in bubble wrap and placed into a hard (corrugated)
The set retails for USD$15.00 and the price include shipping in the
United States. Foreign orders will be more and you can contact U.M.I.
email@example.com for information on the cost.
Worth the price? Be aware that you will need to do a fair bit of work to
bring the parts up to speed to complete the conversion. It does however
save you a lot of time in scratch building and it is for the latter
reason that the set is recommended.
UMI Resin for the review sample
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