- 1 & 2. Nakajima Ki.27 "Nate". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.27.
replacement canopies fit as per the kit originals. Carefully drill a hole
in the windscreen to accept the gunsight.
Suggested reference: Famous Airplanes of the World No.29 (Bunrin-do).
- 3. Tachikawa Ki.36/Ki.55 "Ida". Suggested kit: Fujimi Ki.36 and Ki.55.
If the canopies are
to be fitted in the closed position, the pilot's sliding section is designed
to overlap the fixed rear piece. The drawing shows the rear-most section in
the open position. Carefully drill a small hole in the windscreen to accept
the sight (K-36 only). Cut away the moulded-in landing light from the left
wing and replace with the Clear-Vax item.
- 4. Nakajima Ki.43 "Oscar". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.43-II.
The Clear-Vax canopy
directly replaces the kit item. For some reason Hasegawa have marked the landing
light on the starboard instead of the port wing. Carefully mark out the correct
position and cut this area away. Replace it with the landing light provided.
Suggested references: Aircam 13; Famous Airplanes of the World No.113 (Bunrin-do).
- 5. Nakajima Ki.44 Shoki "Tojo". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.44.
The Clear-Vax canopy
has been lengthened by 2.5 mm for better accuracy. It will be necessary to
trim the corresponding area 2.5 mm in front of the area marked on the kit.
Suggested references: Profile 255; 'Japanese Army Fighter' part 2, by Green & Swanborough (Janes).
- 6. Kawasaki Ki.45 Toryu "Nick". Suggested kit: Revell Ki.45 KA1.
Because the position
and size of the kit parts are inaccurate, we have provided the entire cockpit
area in one piece. Cut away the kit upper fuselage at the line marked X, and
replace it with the Clear-Vax item. Also remove the moulded-in landing light
and replace it with the light provided.
Suggested references: Profile 105; 'Japanese Army Fighter' part 1, by Green & Swanborough (Janes).
- 7 & 8. Mitsubishi Ki.46-II and III. Suggested kit: L&S Ki.46-II&III.
ease of assembly we have supplied the entire cockpit canopies and upper decking
in one piece. Before fitting in place, cut the small lugs (marked Y on the
drawing) off the fuselage.
Suggested references: Profile 82; Famous Airplanes of the World No.64 (old series) (Bunrin-do).
- 9. Mitsubishi Ki.46-III Kai. Suggested kit: L&S Ki.46-III Kai.
is the same as for the Ki.46 II and III, apart from the landing light, which
is moved from the nose to the left wing as shown. This version does not appear
to have used the small fuselage window.
- 10. Mitsubishi Ki.51 "Sonia". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.51.
The drawing shows the
canopies in the open position. Carefully remove the moulded-in landing light
cover from the wings and replace with the items supplied. Use the kit underbelly
and side windows.
- 11. Kawasaki Ki.61-I Hien "Tony". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.61.
The sliding section
is designed to overlap the rear fixed piece. Replace the landing light cover
with one of the items provided.
Suggested references: Profile 118; Famous Airplanes of the World No,98 (old series) (Bunrin-do).
- 12. Kawasaki Ki.61-II/Ki.100 early type. Suggested kits: Hasegawa/Fine Molds Ki.61-II (FP-5), Ki.100-I (FP-3).
As with the Ki.61-I,
the sliding section of the canopy is designed to overlap the fixed rear piece.
- 13. Kawasaki Ki.61-II/Ki.100 late type. Suggested kits: Hasegawa/Fine Molds Ki.61-II (FP-1), Ki.100-I (FP-2).
Due to the very poor
fit of the kit parts, we have provided part of the forward decking. It may
prove easier to cut the corresponding area away from the fuselage and use
the Clear-Vax part in its entirety rather than attempting to fit the canopy
on its own.
Suggested reference (Ki.100): Famous Airplanes of the World No.23 (new series) (Bunrin-do).
- 14. Nakajima Ki.84 Hayate "Frank". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.84.
Before fitting the
Clear-Vax canopy, straighten the cockpit sill line (marked Z in the drawing).
The sliding canopy section is designed to overlap the fixed piece.
Suggested references: Model Art No.283; Aero Series No.2.
The following books are suggested also as useful references:
- Monogram Close-Up 14 & 15 'Japanese Cockpit Interiors.
- 'Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War', by Francillon (Naval Institute Press).
- Model Art No.329 'JAAF Camouflage and Markings'.
Falcon Industries wish to thank Mr Akitoshi Washio of Sankoh Industrial Company for his assistance with this canopy set.