Aoshima 1/144 Kawasaki Ki-48 Lily Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||April 2013||Manufacturer||Aoshima|
|Subject||Kawasaki Ki-48 Lily||Scale||1/144|
|Kit Number||36563||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$16.00|
Design of the Ki-48 started in January 1938 and was completed in April 1939. The prototype was completed in July 1939 and testing was done over the next 3 months. With successful testing completed, it was officially adopted as the Type 99 twin engine light bomber in 1940. Mass production started in July 1940 and the aircraft were dispatched to mainland China. In 1942, the engines were replaced by the Ha-115, increasing speed, horsepower and climbing performance.
The reputation of the Ki-48 with the pilots was very high due to its reliability and maneuverability. Disadvantages were poor armor and low bomb capacity. They served in all theaters and were in service from 1940 right till the end in 1945.
The Aoshima Ki-48 lily kit consists of just 31 parts, 3 of which are clear. The parts are well detailed and the kit features fine, recessed panel lines. Some flash is present, but cleanup will be quick and easy.
There is no interior provided. The fit of the main components is nice. The frame lines on the canopies are faint and may present a problem when painting. Decals are provided for 2 aircraft and are well printed.
One nice feature of this kit is that you get 2 complete models, including decals. These will look great under paint and a quick search on the internet will provide you with many painting options.
A great weekend kit, or just for a change of pace. Highly recommended!
My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!