Saturday, 21 March 2020

Dead Design Delivers The Goodies ~ 1/48 scale

The prolific Dead Design Models continues the release of vac form canopies and paint masks for Japanese aircraft kits, new and old, in 1/48 and 1/72 scales. 


Beginning with 1/48 scale releases set CM48003 provides a vacform canopy and spray masks for the Fine Molds Mitsubishi Ki-15 'Kamikaze' kit. The canopy is moulded in five sections for easy removal from the riser and for display with the windscreen, pilot's canopy, centre section, observer's canopy and rear section as separate parts. This set also includes spray masks for the canopy, all types of side windows, the ventral window, landing light transparency and main wheel hubs. This set retails direct from Dead Design at €9.61 (approximately £8.85 Sterling or US$10.30).


Set CM48006 (shown above) is designed for  the Hasegawa B6N1/2 Tenzan 'Jill' kits. The vacform canopy is moulded in separate sections for easier removal from the riser, consisting of the windscreen, pilot's sliding hood, centre section, commander's sliding hood, rear fairing and two observer/gunner sliding hoods for easier removing from the riser. The set includes paint masks for the canopy, pilots bulkhead, ventral and side windows, plus main and tail wheel hubs. This set retails direct from Dead Design at €9.61 (approximately £8.85 Sterling or US$10.30).


Set CM48009 (shown above) is designed for that venerable veteran the Nichimo Mitsubishi Ki-51 'Sonia'. The vacform canopy is in separate sections as for the Ki-15 and also importantly corrects the kit's simplified and short rear section. This set includes paint masks for the canopy, ventral windows and main wheel hubs. A most commendable aspect of Dead Design's designs is their attention to improving and upgrading older kits which many modellers will still have in the stash. This set retails direct from Dead Design at €7.68 (approximately £7 Sterling or US$8.22).


Set CM48010 (shown above) will provide the Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-100 'Ko' (razorback) kit with a vacform canopy split into windscreen, sliding canopy and rear fairing sections, as well as paint masks for the canopy, landing light transparency and main wheel hubs.  This set retails direct from Dead Design at €6.92 (approximately £6.36 Sterling or US$7.40).


Set CM48011 (shown above)has similar provision for the Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-100 'Otsu' (bubbletop) kit. This set retails direct from Dead Design at €6.92 (approximately £6.36 Sterling or US$7.40).

VM48051 for Nichimo Ki-43-1

 VM48055 for Tamiya A6M3/5 New Mould Kits

The following sets provide paint masks only for the kits as described (click links for prices which vary) :-
  • VM48025 Canopy mask for the Nichimo Nakajima B5N1/2 kit, including masks for all transparencies and main wheel hubs
  • VM48031 Canopy mask for the Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu kit, including masks for all transparencies and all wheel hubs
  • VM48050 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu kit, with masks for open or closed canopies, side windows and landing light transparency  
  • VM48051 Canopy mask for the Nichimo Nakajima Ki-43-I Hayabusa kit, including masks for all transparencies and main wheel hubs
  • VM48052 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden kits, including masks for the armoured glass and all wheel hubs
  • VM48053 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi J2M5/6 Raiden kits, including masks for the armoured glass and all wheel hubs
  • VM48055 Canopy mask for the Tamiya new mould (post 2008) Mitsubishi A6M3/5 Reisen kits, including masks for cockpit floor transparency and main wheel hubs
  • VM48056 Canopy Mask for all Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M1/2a Model 11 Reisen kits including prototype and including masks for all wheel hubs 
  • VM48057 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M2b/3/5 Model 21, 22, 32, 52a, b. c, kits, including masks for all wheel hubs 
  • VM48058 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M2-K Reisen Trainer kits, including masks for main wheel hubs
  • VM48059 Canopy mask for the Tamiya old mould (pre 2008) A6M2/3/5 Reisen kits and Nakajima A6M2-N Suisen kits, including masks for open or closed canopies and main wheel hubs
  • VM48060 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5c/7/8 Reisen kits, including masks for armoured glass, fuselage window and all wheel hubs 
  • VM48061 Canopy mask for the Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen Nightfighter kits, including windscreen mounted gunsight and all wheel hubs

VM48068 National Insignia masksfor Fine Molds D4Y - plain hinomaru
VM48062 National Insignia masks for Hasegawa Ki-43-1
 
The following sets provide masks for national insignia and other markings:-
  • VM48054 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61-1d Hien kit
  • VM48062 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-43-1 Hayabusa kits, including mask for 50th Sentai fuselage lightning flash
  • VM48063 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-43-II/III Hayabusa kits, including mask for 64th Sentai arrow tail marking
  • VM48064 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Fine Molds Nakajima Ki-43-II/III Hayabusa kits, including mask for 33rd Sentai tail marking
  • VM48065 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu kits, including mask for 53rd Sentai tail marking
  • VM48066 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Hasegawa Ki-61/Ki-100 kits, including mask for 56th Sentai tail marking
  • VM48067 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Fine Molds D4Y Suisei kits, including masks for white bordered hinomaru, wind drift and dive bombing indication markings
  • VM48068 National insignia etc masks to replace decals for the Fine Molds D4Y Suisei kits, including masks for unbordered hinomaru, wind drift and dive bombing indication markings

 SM48006 Optical Illusion masks for Fine Molds A5M family

The following sets are optical illusion masks for control surfaces, prices vary from €4.99 to €5.76 (approximately £4.58-5.29 and US$ 5.34-6.16):-
  • SM48005 for Wingsy Mitsubishi A5M 'Claude' kits
  • SM48006 for Fine Molds Mitsubishi A5M 'Claude' kits
  • SM48007 for Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M2a/b Model 11/21 kits
  • SM48008 for Hasegawa Mitsubishi  A6M3 Model 32 kits
  • SM48009 for Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 kits
  • SM48010 for Hasegawa A6M5a/b/c.2-K Model 52 (early wing sprue 'C')
  • SM48011 for Tamiya A6M3 Model 22 
  • SM48018 for Tamiya A6M5 Model 52
  • SM48019 for Hasegawa A6M5c/7 Model 52c/63
The heading photo shows the effect of using the optical illusion mask on an aileron. Instructions for using these innovative masks can be found at the Dead Design website here.

With special thanks to Jan of Dead Design Models for providing this information.

Image credit: All images © 2020 Dead Design Models

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