Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Rob's Kyofu Float Fighters

Rob Ronconi has very kindly shared these images of one of a pair of splendid and excellently photographed Kyofu models which he built stock from the Hasegawa 1/72 scale kit with just the addition of antenna wire from Uschi. The exceptional photography gives the model a realistic 'presence' well beyond its scale which could easily be taken as larger.  

Rob's model represents Rex 022-121 of the 22nd Special Base Force unit discussed here but with a worn and faded rather than fresh appearance skilfully realised. The model was finished with Tamiya paints mixed to Rob's own recipes.

With very special thanks to Rob for sharing these images of a regal Rex. More of Rob's floatplanes to follow including a surprising wolf in sheep's clothing!

Image credit: All photos © 2021 Rob Ronconi

8 comments:

Michael Thurow said...

Just another superb model! The weathering looks very credible, this 'Pete' must have been moored somewhere for a long time. Very well done Rob!

Dan Salamone said...

Very well done model, enjoyed the fading of the colors. And I agree with Nick on the photography, looks like a much larger model than 1/72. Thanks for sharing,

Dan

WD said...

Nick, you are on fire with these posts sir, just on fire!

What a great build and photography!

Warren

WD said...

The photography is great in and of itself, but the standing water in the background lends a special atmosphere, that doesn't register at first, for a beached floatplane.

Kevin Bade said...

Rob you continue to amaze me. This Kyofu looks like a much larger scale and your weathering is once again superlative. And the photography....well..just splendid. More! More!

Alex Rodionov said...

Impressive weathering. Very nice.

Jim Anderson said...

Very nicely done Rob. The somber backdrop makes for a convincing pose. Lovely! Another great floatboat. Thanks for posting Nick.

Ken Glass said...

Fine work, Rob. Thanks for sharing, Rob & Nick.