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Ohka Model-11 (Cherry Blossom) in 1/32


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 I think it was Jarone,s idea to use a railroad flatcar as a display feature for his Reichburg Re-4a Pioleted V-1.  I found one on ebay in 1/35 scale and it looks like it will work out just fine. Thanks for the Idea it will make this little bit of human insanity a bit more interesting.  The Single-seat suicide aircraft Model-11 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) carried a 1,200kg Warhead, range 20 naut. miles with a max speed of 350kt at 3,500m. I won,t go into the mind set of the pilots or there situation other than to say it must have been desperate. 

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  Wings off, which poses a question of what the wing stub detail should/might look like.  The cart is a detailed model in itself.  I have made some scratch parts for more detail and this dosn't include the 12+ photoetch parts to be added.  A lot of fun work for such a small model.  The rail flat car was a bit strange.  It was built more like a hay-wagon with hang over and no accommodation to tie down or retain cargo.  I replaced the floor and ends with spair 1/4" wide cherry slats and fabricated some parts to convert the car into an open-side stake body truck configuration. Just need to add a hundred or so lag-bolts and the floor will be finished.  I didn't think they made a stake body truck bed any more but I actually saw one in a parking lot today, brand new even.

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  Thanks for the pix Jerone.  I think I will just drill a couple of accomodation holes for the aileron control cables and replace the stubs with threaded studs.  Seems like it would only need a couple of nuts and bolts to keep that small wing from falling off. Why over think it.   I added some wash to the railroad ties to lighten them up.  They will be in shadow when the cart is mounted.  Added 160 lag-bolts to the flatcar floar.  You can never have too much detail or too many rivits.

 

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   The cart is finished and will be stowed forward on the flatcar.  The Ohka would need a more substantial cradle for transport so I will use the one that came with the V-1.  The cockpit went togteher ok with the photoetch parts and cloth seatbelts that came with the kit. They came out pretty good for my second try,

 

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   My aproach to rigging and securing a load is to "keep it right, keep it tight and keep it simple" . The wings and cart are stowed and ready for rail transport.  I found some chain in the SPB that came out to be equal to 3/4 to 1 inch link.  Three of thease should be enough to hold down a empty 440kg Cherry Blossom.   

 

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   The Ohka is finished.  It was fun and I look forward to my next 1/32 build.  The subject matter is a bit macabre but I felt that it was quite suitable for todays world.  I want to thank Jaroen for his idea of using a 1/35 flatbed rail car to display the Orka.  I down't know if it qualifies as a diorama but I think the transport combination will look a lot more interesting in the display case.  Thanks again.  

   I have a 1/32, ZERO T 21 that was to be my next build.  When I was a teenager I read a book about  a Japanese fighter pilot. I do not remember the details or his name but I do remember his courage and tremendous spirit.  So it will be built, just not yet. 

 

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