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Imperial Japanese Navy Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien Tony Fighter - 18th Sentai

Marushin Imperial Japanese Navy Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 'Tony' Fighter - 18th Sentai

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Marushin MARS011 Imperial Japanese Navy Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien "Tony" Fighter - 18th Sentai (1:48 Scale) "We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito speaking to the Japanese people after the atomic bombings, August 1945

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien ("Swallow") fighter represented a major departure for Japanese aircraft design in World War II. While other Japanese fighters were designed with air-cooled radials and were optimized for maneuverability, the Ki-61 used a liquid-cooled in-line engine and was designed for speed and power. In fact, the Ki-61 was so different from other Japanese fighters that when the type was first encountered in combat over New Guinea in June 1943, the Allies thought it wasn't a Japanese design at all. At first they believed it was a copy of the German Messerschmitt Me-109, then suspected it was a copy of the Italian Macchi C.202 Foglore or similar Italian fighter. For this reason they gave it the code-name "Antonio", or "Tony", though by the summer of 1943 the Allies were convinced the Ki-61 was in fact a Japanese design.

The Hien proved initially successful in combat against American fighters. As the war in the Pacific ground on, however, the Ki-61 found itself increasingly outclassed, but it soldiered on until the end of hostilities. Sold Out!

Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 9 inches

Release Date: October 2008

  • Diecast metal construction
  • Sliding canopy
  • Spinning propeller
  • Landing gear can be displayed in flight or in landed configuration
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand
  • Some assembly required

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Marushin Tony January 22, 2011
Reviewer: Douglas Emmons from Bend, OR United States  
My overall experience was good except that the model itself was a bit shop worn.  The heavy fuselage had worked itself loose in the foam holder and the rubbing around scoured the finish somewhat.  Of course, that model has done a bit of traveling in its life.

I would have no hesitation in ordering from Motor Pool again, and I appreciate the fact that I was allowed to revise my order at the very last minute.

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