Empire of Japan Group Build – Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, Tamiya 1/48
The Ki-84 Hayate (Gale) was a Japanese Army single seat fighter designed to replace Nakajima’s previous fighter type, the Ki-43. Generally considered to be the best of the Army’s fighters, it was powered by a Nakajime Homare 18 cylinder radial engine of 2000hp, which gave it not only good speed, but enough altitude capability to intercept B-29 bombers attacking Japan. Unfortunately, poor quality control and lack of materials brought on by Allied bombing limited the type’s effectiveness, and only 3500 were built. Its Allied code name was “Frank”.
This is the Tamiya 1/48 kit that I have been told is a few years old now. It was in my stash from who know where, and when Louis asked me to join the group, this one popped up because it was on top of the stack! It was boxed with a diorama base and Kurogane car, which I’ll get to a little later. This was a typical Tamiya build, easy, good fitting with a low parts count. It went together so quickly that I didn’t get many pictures for the build thread.
Pretty much OOB. Added tape and wire seatbelts and drilled out the pilot seat lightening holes and added the prominent “step” to the seat that I saw in all the cockpit shots. Paint was my usual MM enamels, IJA dark green and sky gray. A fortunate accident in applying the flat coat resulted in the weathering you see, so no skill at all there! Decals are from the kit, representing a Ki-84-IA flown by Sgt. Joten Naito of the 502nd Temporary Interception Corps based at Nakatsu Airfield in mid 1945. I chose this one because it was the most colorful of the decal options. I included a photo of the base and grass that come with the kit. It’s not bad at all and will look nice once I get the little Kurogane car built. And last, a pic of my now empty workbench awaiting the next project. Any suggestions?
Thanks to Louis for starting the group build. It looks like it has picked up quite a bit of interest!
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