Some very nice new 1/72nd scale Japanese subject decal sheets and combined accessory sets and decals have been released by Rising Decals. Always a favourite subject thanks to the excellent Hasegawa (ex-Mania) kit sheet RD 72-058 offers alternative markings for six Kawasaki Ki-48-II '99-Sokei' (九九双軽 - literally '99 light twin') 'Lily' light bombers of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF). The subjects are:-
- Ki-48-II of 34th Sentai during the Okinawa campaign, June 1945 - dark green 'snake weave' mottle over grey green; this aircraft has an unusual tail marking of フ-29 (Katakana character Fu-29) with diagonal white stripe
- Ki-48-II of unknown unit at Kikuchi, Nagasaki, Japan August 1945 - sparse remnants of dark green over grey-green with red rudder and black Kanji character 大 - Dai
- Ki-48-II of 34th Sentai, 2nd Chutai, New Guinea, 1944 - dark green mottle over grey-green
- Ki-48-II of 8th Sentai, 2nd Chutai, Indo-China, 1943 - medium green streaking over grey-green; this aircraft had its spinners removed when photographed; red stripe on fin and rudder
- Ki-48-I of 16th Sentai, 1st Chutai, Nanking China, 1943 - dark green mottle over grey-green with yellow fuselage band; this unit later specialised in moonlight dive bombing and nuisance attacks on enemy airfields.
- Ki-48-I of 8th Sentai, 2nd Chutai, Burma 1943 - dense dark green mottle over grey-green; white stripe on fin and rudder
- Bonus Ki-48-II of unknown unit, Hollandia, New Guinea 1944 - dark green snake weave over grey-green; this aircraft has ten bombing mission symbols on the rear fuselage and the speculative nose number '35'
This is a very attractive sheet with plenty of scope for tackling a variety of challenging 'snake weave' and mottle patterns.
Next up is RD 72-063 a set for the Mitsubishi A5M2/4 'Kansen' 'Claude' fighter with six options:-
- A5M4 of 381st Ku at Tebrau, Malaya in August 1945 - dark green over grey with white 'B1-32' tail code
- A5M4 of Omura Ku, Nagasaki, Japan in August 1945 - weathered dark green over grey with two alternative tail code numbers - オ-106 or オ-116 with a yellow painted rudder (オ = 'Oh' for Omura)
- A5M4 off the carrier Hosho in early 1942 - natural metal finish with CI-106 tail code in yellow; this colourful aircraft has red full-length trim on the fuselage, yellow rear fuselage band and a white Kanji character painted inside the fuselage Hinomaru
- A5M2b of 4th Ku at Lakunai, Rabaul in April 1942 - overall grey with black tail code F-104; a welcome and unusual option for 'Claude'
- A5M4 of 14th Ku at Haikou, South China in October 1940 - silver with red painted tail and white tail code 9-165; this aircraft was equipped with a pair of 30kg bombs on wing racks
This is a welcome set for anyone who wants something different to the natural metal finish usually associated with 'Claude' and will provide some alternative markings for either the Fujimi or Hobby Boss/Doyusha 'quick build' kits.
Also from Rising four sets that combine decals for one aircraft subject together with resin accessories/conversion parts. RD Acr-001 combines markings for a 3rd Sentai Tachikawa Ki-55 trainer at Hokkaido during 1943 with resin parts for a ski undercarriage. This set could be used to make a striking presentation of a Ki-55 model on a snow scene base as seen in the classic 1972 Bunrin-do book 'The Japanese Army Wings of the Second World War'.
Set RD Acr-002 provides decals and parts for a ski-equipped Mitsubishi Ki-51 'Sonia' of 1st Hikoshidan (Air Division) being tested by the Hiko Jikkenbu (飛行実験部 - Flight Test Department) at Obihiro, Hokkaido in early 1945.
Set RD Acr-003 provides decals and parts to recreate our old friend the Ki-51 'Sonia' of the 10th Dokuritsu Hikodan Shireibu (Independent Air Brigade Headquarters) encountered over Miri, Borneo in March 1945. Rising have interpreted the fuselage band as red bordered white rather than the tri-coloured band depicted by Ronnie Olsthoorn here. Command bands were sometimes painted to represent the rank or duty position of staff officers reflecting established uniform distinctions, for example the red and white duty sash of an adjutant or three narrow stripes sometimes representing the three gold bands on the pre-war full-dress cap of a Captain. Conversion parts for the spat stripped undercarriage on this aircraft are included and together with the decals will enable an interesting model to be made of this Army workhorse.
Finally Set RD Acr-006 provides a spat stripped undercarriage for a dark green Aichi D3A1 'Val' of the 582nd Ku at Munda, New Georgia in 1943, this aircraft also being distinguished by a D3A2-type spinner (not included). Decals for the tail code, fin and fuselage stripes are included but the Hinomaru will need to be sourced elsewhere. The Fujimi kit is recommended.
This is a useful and imaginative selection of goodies for the Japanese aircraft enthusiast and ably continues Rising's established reputation for providing high quality aftermarket products. The resin parts are crisply moulded requiring minimum clean up. With thanks to Mirek of Rising Decals for providing these items for review.
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