The legendary Hayabusa.
The Hayabusa, or Peregrine Falcon, was a new fighter plane that introduced modern trends in Army aviation, such as the retractable landing gear and high maximum speed. Much emphasis was placed on the maneuverability of the aircraft (at the expense of its durability, which was insufficient in sudden maneuvers). Despite the fact that the plane was not liked at first by the pilots, it achieved brilliant successes in the initial phase of the war in the Pacific. In particular, on the Malay Peninsula, where it fought F2A aircraft, which turned out to be much weaker in wheel combat. The machine was very little known in Japan, often confused with the "zero" of the navy. compared to zero, it was a bit slower (Version I V = 495 km / h) and less armed (only two 13mm (0,51 cal) machine guns). I recommend seeing the fantastic interview of the Hayabusa pilot, which reflects what a myth the plane has turned into today, which is completely inadequate in the opinion of a veteran pilot.
I hope you will like the photos. The model was created in two weeks, with the use of a small PE kit by Eduard and a metal pitot tube. I used very good Rising Decals "Donateted Birds IV" (the set of decals also had markings on later versions of the Ki-43). Honestly, it would be the second time I would not go for the Fujimi model, due to some significant shortcomings. Canopy very badly fitted. Extremely delicate chassis (although I used additional PE parts here). Drilling a hole in the fairing to mount the scope is a nerve and a challenge. The model, however, was an excellent learning base. For the first time I ventured to make an all-aluminum plane finish with Vallejo Metal Color Aluminum. This was covered with a clear varnish (two layers of X-35 and Wash Modeler's World, and finally X-22 as a finish). The images of the works are presented in the photos. Enjoy 🙂
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.