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Clear-Vax set 13: Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, World War II (1/72 scale)

1 & 2. Nakajima Ki.27 "Nate". Suggested kit: Hasegawa Ki.27.

The 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.

For 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.

Assembly 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.

General references

The following books are suggested also as useful references:


Special acknowledgement

Falcon Industries wish to thank Mr Akitoshi Washio of Sankoh Industrial Company for his assistance with this canopy set.

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