Hasegawa Ki.84 Hayate “Frank” 1/48
Here is my Hasegawa Ki.84 Hayate “Frank” in 1/48. I will one day get to the 1/32nd version so I am re-examining this earlier build and I decided it was worth a few pictures. For this build, the two challenges for me were getting the IJA green color right and aligning those lightning bolts around the tail section properly. I used a darkened Tamiya IJA green in the end with some OD for browner tone. Weathered with oils over Tamiya Clear Coat. I couldn’t find a single photo of the actual aircraft with the lightning tail markings so I had to go with decal instructions and pics of Oscars with similar split lightning bolts. I think this is one of the most attractive schemes for the Hayate, which really emphasizes its pugnacious looks, especially in profile. Not modeled so often, though.
I probably made some errors for the build. The cockpit color I went with was aotake with black and aluminum instruments, which was the popular choice at the time by other modelers. Now I think it would be a cockpit green of some kind. The cockpit is completely OOB as for as that goes and very well detailed in the kit. You can see this in some pics. I created an ignition harness for the Homare engine with solder wire but otherwise the rest of the basic build was also OOB. I should have drilled out the cannon barrels. Oh well, I may go back to that since taking photos.
The decals were aftermarket – Sky, I think. It represents the aircraft of W.O. Tomojiro Ogawa of the 103rd Sentai at Itami, Japan 1945. Ogawa was an ace with 19 victories, including P-51s and P-47s so perhaps some in this aircraft. I hope you like it. If anybody had pics of the real Hayates of the 103rd or 50th Sentai, I would be very interested for my next “Frank.”
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