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Item No:61115

1/48 Aircraft Series No.115


Length: 187 mm. Image shows painted and assembled kit.

In Desperate Defense
The Hien was officially adopted by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) in 1943, and stood out among its Japanese aircraft contemporaries in the Pacific War on account of its liquid-cooled Ha-40 engine, slimline fuselage and long, elegant wing. A number of different variants were produced, among them the Ki-61-Id which featured a 20cm-elongated nose to house 20mm cannons, plus 12.7mm machine guns in the wing. In fact, with 1,360 units it was the most prolifically produced Hien variant; its superior performance at higher altitudes meant that it was often given the brief of taking on incoming U.S. B29 bombers in the skies around the home islands of Japan. One IJA unit which notably deployed the Hien was the 244th Air Group led by Captain Teruhiko Kobayashi.
About the Model
★This is a 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Fuselage length: 187mm, wingspan: 250mm. ★The model accurately depicts the Ki-61-Id Type Hien with elongated nose and slim fuselage. ★The inverted Ha-40 V12 is depicted complete with supercharger and other details. ★Cramped cockpit interior features 20mm cannon ammo cases, oil tank and more. ★Fuselage underside radiator showcases superb detail and accuracy, right down to the depiction of air intake slats. ★Canopy can be assembled open or closed. ★Comes with parts to recreate 2 drop tanks, 1 figure, and 2 marking options recreating aircraft of the 244th Air Group.
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  • ★Choose between two included 244th Air Group marking options for Captain Kobayashi and 2nd Lieutenant Shunzo Takashima aircraft.
  • ★Installing the seated pilot figure will further emphasize the cramped nature of the cockpit environment they worked in.
  • ★A removable upper cowling section on the nose allows inspection of the engine, even after completion of the model.
  • ★A compact 1/48 rendering of the Ha-40 engine nonetheless includes excellent detail on the supercharger and other parts.
  • ★Located on the fuselage underside, the multi-part integrated radiator/oil cooler features great detail, including air intake slats.
  • ★The modeler has a number of options in this kit, including whether to assemble it with the canopy in open or closed position.
  • ★This comprehensive model includes 2 decal marking schemes for the 244th Air Group, plus masking stickers for use painting the canopy.
  • ★Marvel at how the model precisely depicts the Hien's elegant form, complete with slimline fuselage and long main wing.
  • ★Both standard and clear left fuselage parts are included, giving the option of displaying the nose cannons and cockpit interior details.

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Information is current as of December 14, 2016. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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