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G4M2E Betty _ MXY7 Ohka 1 by Bang-Doll-SSI G4M2E Betty _ MXY7 Ohka 1 by Bang-Doll-SSI
1/72 G4M2E Betty and MXY7 Ohka

Aeroscale Model of The Month February 2008

In the twilight of World War 2, the Japanese were trying to find new ways to stem the tide of American power.

One idea was the MXY7 Ohka, a rocket powered aircraft with a nose filled with explosive. The Ohka ("Cherry Blossom") would be carried within range by a G4M2E Betty mothership with its bomb bay converted to carry the Ohka. The Ohka would drop from the belly of the Betty, ignite its rocket engine, and the pilot would steer it on a suicide course into a ship.

Despite a few successes against smaller ships, the hoped-for sinking of major aircraft carriers never happened and this tragic weapon of war never lived up to its potential.

About the model:
The kit is from Hasegawa with photo etch converted from Eduard. I wanted to depict two planes in action so used a metal rod to hold then both up. A smaller rod was soldered at a 90 degree angle to the big one to hold the Ohka. The flame of the rocket was made with cotton and white glue. Figures are resin items from a French company whose name escapes me.
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BlackCatPBY Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice work! Well executed.
Bang-Doll-SSI Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I intend on redoing the paint chipping sometime as I've since learned a much more realistic appearance, but I'm still fairly happy with it overall (and for when it was built). =)
rihosk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm working currently on the same thing. I look forward on the moment from Ukraine armaments, but other the content of the airplane (cocpit etc) I was trying to make themselves.
raipo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love this. Hasegawa is the bomb when it comes to aircraft.
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Beautifully executed!!!! :) Happy Birthday to you! I'm glad to see you're getting a nice amount of pageviews and comments. This is how it gets going! :) Welcome to the club! :) What do you think of DA so far?

I know I'm addicted. I'll be getting new photos posted soon. Works are in progress.
Bang-Doll-SSI Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks and thanks! Yep, I love DA and it's been a blast seeing all of the talent on here. I've been quiet, but that's because I'm in that phase where I have a few things in the pipeline... Then a whole new slew of stuff will be going up... as you know with your own projects. Looking forward to seeing your latest stuff!
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Glad to hear you're having a good time with it. Me too! :) I'm glad you're liking my work too, and more is indeed coming up. Yep, you got it right, lots in the pipeline. :)

Happy modelcreating to you!!! :)
DerShishaGott Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
wonderfull work on the betty and also a nice diorama
Bang-Doll-SSI Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Deorse Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good to me.
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