Sunday 30 March 2014

Kawasaki Otsu-1 at Kagamigahara Aerospace Museum

Correspondent Luciano Gianfilippi very kindly sent me this photograph of the Kawasaki Otsu-1, a licence-built version of the French Salmson 2A2, on display at the Kagamigahara Aerospace Museum in Japan which displays the history of Army Aviation and some of the interesting experimental aircraft manufactured there. He also made me aware of a very impressive new kit of this aircraft  in 1/48th scale issued by Gas Patch from Greece. Luciano notes that this was one of the first mass produced military aeroplanes in Japan, and was used as a multi-role aircraft: observation, photo-reconnaissance, trainer and light bomber. A truly awe-inspiring build of the Gas Patch kit by Vangelis Vassilopoulos can be found here and is well worth a look not least for the excellent modelling and finishing techniques being demonstrated.

The Gaspatch kit of the Japanese Kawasaki Otsu-1 comes with markings for four different options, all in silver doped finish.

Image credits: Museum photograph © 2014 Luciano Gianfiluppi; Gas Patch kit image © 2013 Gaspatch 


Ronnie Olsthoorn said...

What a great exhibit and that build article on Britmodeller is stunning!

Anonymous said...

I'm Tetsuya Inoue,just came across this great blog,and found this nice artcle.

As you may know, Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum is located along Gifu Airbase where various Japanese aircrafts made those first fligt,such as Zero, Ki-51,Ki-61...and so on. That is a valuable place to visit.

The Gas Patch kit by Vangelis Vassilopoulos is a really awesome and informative build!
A beautiful work...

Additionally, thank you for sharing my work on the Nichimo's Sonia on your last october's article, and for kind comments. That is honorable to me and my grandfather.

Now, I'm under WIP for Ki-61 Type 2 with tear-drop canopy.
If you don't mind, please take a look at that.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Tetsuya Inoue

Straggler 脱走兵 said...

Welcome to this blog Tetsuya and thank you for the link to another excellent WIP build!

I'll re-blog the link to give it more prominence on the main web page.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your prompt and kind reply!
I'm not sure about when my Ki-61 will be finished even myself(LOL), so pls kindly go along with me...
BTW, your blog is really awesome and informative. So much glad you like Japanese aircrafts!


Tetsuya Inoue

Ken Glass said...

Thanks for sharing, Luciano.

Ken Glass