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January 7, 2020

MXY-7 Model 11 Ohka

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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.

June 18, 2019

And now something for the WWII Russian fans

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Brengun has brought out a new Yak-1b kit.

February 7, 2019

MXY-7 Ohka update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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Sand and fill. Sand and fill.  Having gotten past the stage in the build where I just wanted to chuck it, I continue working on the Ohka.  I managed to get in about 45 minutes of modeling the other night.  I should be ready to attached the canopy and begin painting soon.  More photos as soon as I have something new to show.

February 3, 2019

MXY-7 Update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:10 am
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Sorry, no pictures.  I hit this point in almost every build.  That point where I am ready to give up on the build.  This usually happens after priming.  I think the model looks good and I hit it with primer, and then, nothing but disappointment.  Well, that is what happened here.  However, I haven’t given up.  I haven’t quit.  I am pushing thru it and I hope to post some nice update photos soon.

January 24, 2019

Brengun Chelomey 16KhA

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:46 pm
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As regular reader know, I have a special interest in missiles, especially missiles of the Soviet Union/Russia.  Brengun, which had previously done the Chelomey 16KhA as a 48th scale kit, has now announced they are doing it in 72nd scale.

The 16KhA never went into serial production but was part of the beginning of the post WWII Soviet cruise missile development.  As you can tell, it was a development of the V-1, and was test fired from a pylon under the inboard engine of a Tu-4.  It will make a neat addition to my collection of missiles.

16KhA under Tu-4











January 22, 2019

Brengun MXY-7 Ohka update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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Y’all may not remember, but I do actually model from time to time.  I’ve been working on the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka.  Given how small it is, you would think it would take a lot less time than a larger kit.  This isn’t the case.  In any event, it is together and due to the shorter run nature of the kit, I’m having to put a little extra time in on the seams.






















Yes, the seat seems to have a slight tilt to it.  No, I am not going to fix it.

January 20, 2019

MXY-7 Model 22

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Brengun is going to release a Model 22.  I am currently building their Model 11.  The 22 was produced, but never used operationally.

January 19, 2019

Japanese Airfield equipment–Good news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:50 pm
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I’ve had some interest in WWII Japanese airfield equipment lately.  Now comes good news that Brengun is doing two pieces of such equipment.  Info here and here.

December 10, 2018

Ohka update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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Got a little bit of modeling in over the weekend.  Not much, but enough to finally get the Ohka fuselage together.  I apologize for the crappy photos.  While the kit is fairly new, it definitely has a limited run feel to it.  The fit isn’t exactly Tamiya level.

November 26, 2018

More MXY-7 info

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:04 am
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While my posts still don’t hold a candle to the work Jeff Groves is doing (see here ) I am continuing to try and post more detailed modeling related info.  My work on the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka continues.

Here is the cockpit ready to be installed.  I hate photo-etch seat belts.  This kit was no exception.
























Here are the kit sidewalls.  I painted them aluminum with Alclad II and then glossed them with Future and ran some Tamiya panel line color into some of the panels.  Given the size of the Ohka, none of this will ever been seen, but I am using this kit to experiment.

Cockpit sidewalls
























Here is a photo of the cockpit panel.  The photo-etch set from Brengun does a nice job of reproducing this.  (Note the missing instrument.  I wonder what it was.)

Cockpit panel














Here is a shot of the tail.  Note the reinforcing patches around the hinges on the tail.  Note the slightly different color.  I will try to reproduce this on the model.

MXY-7 tail

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