Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei Hien                

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Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei "Hien"

Scale 1:33
Author: Rafal Ciesielski
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Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei "Hien"
244th Sentai
Chofu, March 1945
Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi
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Model # 092

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Technical data:
  Length 8.94 m    
  Span 12.0 m    
  Engine Kawasaki Ha-40, 1,159hp
  Max Speed 580 km/h    
  Armament 2 x 20mm Ho-5 cannon in fuselage and 2 x 12.7mm Ho-103 machine guns in wings
  Crew 1    
     Model has option to complete it in the basic form or fully detailed with movable control surfaces, full interior, engine and gun compartments.

    Model consists of 10 pages of assembly diagrams and 12 pages of parts,

     During 1938 Kawasaki acquired the license rights for the Daimler Benz DB601A engine and successfully adapted it for production in November 1940 as the Army Ha-40. Influenced by this, and not without Kawasaki's persistence and some political pressure, the Army contracted Kawasaki for the development of the new line of aircraft: the Ki-60 heavy interceptor and the Ki-61 all-purpose fighter. The three Ki-60 prototypes made, lacked the expected speed and with a high wing were immediately rejected by the still conservative test pilots, terminating the project. 
        Instead, Takeo Doi and his deputy Shin Owada gave now full attention to the refinements of the Ki-61, concentrating on weight reduction, maneuverability and speed. In December 1941 the first prototype took to the air, the serial production started in autumn of 1942 and the aircraft entered service as the Army Type 3 Fighter Hien. It undergone a series of modifications affecting the armament, engine and airframe. Hien was generally successful and liked by its pilots, but the complex engine proved too much for the tropical field conditions the aircraft had to face during 1943 and for the inadequate maintenance and supply situation within the JAAF. It's career was crippled by fate when its main adversary, the B-29s, raided and completely destroyed the Akashi engine plant in January 1945. 
      Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi started his career in the JAAF as a light bomber pilot over China.  He rose to fame as a CO of the 244 Sentai defending the skies over Tokyo in 1944/45. Kobayashi's final credit is 14 (20?) kills, most of them B-29s, and although formally not a "Shinten" pilot, he scored his 6th victory on January 27, 1945, by ramming a B-29 Superfortress. For this merit he received the Bukosho Medal of Honor.
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