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January 7, 2020

MXY-7 Model 11 Ohka

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:58 am
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I’ve been building the Brengun kit of the MXY-7 Model 11 Ohka.  It is finally finished and I got a few rushed cell phone shots of it last night.  The Ohka was one of Japan’s late war attempts to stem the inevitable tide of the US Pacific fleet.  The Ohka (cherry blossom) went from conception to production to deployment in less than a year.  we know that about 755 Model 11s were made.  It is unclear how many were actually used, though some number went down with the carriers Shinano and Unryu and a number were captured intact on Okinawa.  The Ohkas are known to have sunk 3 ships and severely damaged 3 more.  However, none were carriers or battleships and on the whole the effort and cost expended on these manned rocket powered bombs seems to have been a waste of resources as well as their pilot’s lives.

The Brengun kit is relatively new, having been issued in 2018.  In addition to the basic kit, Brengun makes, a separately sold vac canopy, a photo etch set and canopy masks.  I recommend getting the photo etch (though not all of it is usable) and the canopy masks. (always get the canopy masks)  While not perfect, it was a fun build and I like the way it came out.

7 Comments

  1. Looks good, David! Congratulations on your first completion of 2020!

    Comment by Jeff Groves — January 7, 2020 @ 1:11 pm

  2. Yes, at this pace I should finish 52 in 2020. 🙂

    Comment by dknights — January 7, 2020 @ 2:52 pm

  3. Outstanding! Then I shall try for 52 as well!

    Comment by Jeff Groves — January 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

  4. You could do it, especially with a couple of batch builds. Me, not so much

    Comment by dknights — January 7, 2020 @ 7:37 pm

  5. … always with the negative waves, Moriarty.

    Comment by Jeff Groves — January 7, 2020 @ 10:31 pm

  6. Ha.

    Comment by dknights — January 8, 2020 @ 9:34 am

  7. […] My last model completion was the Brengun kit of the MXY-7 Ohka.  Here is a blog post by someone who assisted in the restoration of the one at the IWM. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves) […]

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