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Nakajima Ki-43 Ic Hayabusa

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
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Nakajima Ki-43 Ic Hayabusa
64th Sentai
Burma, Spring 1942
Pilot Maj. Tateo Kato

Price $10.00

Model # 045

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Technical data:
  Length 8.832 m    
  Span 11.437 m    
  Engine Army Type 99 fourteen-cylinder air cooled radial (Nakajima Ha-25) 950hp
  Max Speed 495 km/h    
  Armament 2 x 12.7mm Ho-103 machine-guns
  Crew 1    
     Almost immediately after Ki-27 Nate entered production, Nakajima design team led by Hideo Itokawa started working on its replacement. New aircraft had the same general configuration as Ki-27 but differed from it by having fully enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear.  The prototype flew for the first time in January of 1939.  Although airplane met all Army requirements, pilots weren't exactly excited about it. Their main complain was maneuverability inferior to Ki-27 and enclosed cockpit restricting view to the rear.
    Army decided to order 10 additional service trial aircraft and they were completed with some modifications. First of them was replacement of the canopy with all-around vision one, and second, the most significant was installation of the combat flaps that could be extended during flight to provide greater lift and maintain much tighter turning radius and so the legend was born....
    Model depicts personal airplane of Maj. Tateo Kato, commanding officer of 64th Sentai - The Falcon Corps.

Beta-build model built and photographed by the author.

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