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  Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Fighter - Tateo Kato, 64th Sentai, Malaya, 1942 (1:48 Scale)
Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa Oscar Fighter - Tateo Kato, 64th Sentai, Malaya, 1942

Marushin Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa 'Oscar' Fighter - Tateo Kato, 64th Sentai, Malaya, 1942




 
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Marushin MARS017 Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Fighter - Tateo Kato, 64th Sentai, Malaya, 1942 (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 Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) was numerically the most important fighter used by the Japanese Army Air Force during the Pacific War. It remained in production from the beginning of the Pacific War until its end in August 1945. In many ways, it was a transitional type, bridging the gap between the lightly-loaded monoplane fighters of the late 1930s with their fixed undercarriages and open cockpits, and the more highly-powered heavy fighters of the early 1940s with their retractable undercarriages and enclosed cockpits.

Its appearance was a complete surprise to the Allies, and the fighter proved to be superior in performance to most of its opponents during the first year of the Pacific War. Most of the Japanese Army's aces established the larger part of their scores while flying this airplane. The Ki-43 is often confused with its contemporary, the famed Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (Zero Fighter) of the Japanese Navy, and was often misidentified as a "Zero" early in the war.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of an Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" fighter that was piloted by Tateo Kato, who was attached to the 64th Sentai, then deployed to Malaya during 1942. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 9 inches

Release Date: October 2008

Historical Account: "Order of the Golden Kite" - Kato was born and raised in present-day Asahikawa, Hokkaido. His father Sergeant Tetsuzo Kato was killed in the Russo-Japanese War. He graduated from the 37th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1925, and enrolled in the Tokorozawa Flying School two years later.

In May 1927, he was posted to the 6th Hiko Rentai (flight regiment) in Pyongyang, Korea. His flying skill with the Kawasaki Ko-4 biplane fighter (a license-built Nieuport-Delage NiD 29) was shown to be so outstanding that he was selected to become a flight instructor at Tokorozawa in 1928. In 1932, Katō was promoted to head instructor at the Akeno Flying School, the premier air academy for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. In 1936, Kato became commander of the 5th Rentai and with the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, he became commander of the 2nd Daitai, equipped with Kawasaki Ki-10 "Perry" biplane fighters, which quickly achieved air superiority over northern China. Kato claimed nine Chinese fighters during his rotation, making him the top-scoring Army pilot in China during the period 1937-41.

Kato returned to Japan in 1939 to attend the Army Staff College and was assigned to the headquarters staff of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff. He also visited Europe on assignment together with General Hisaichi Terauchi, and inspected the Luftwaffe in Germany. During this period he was also promoted to major.

Features
  • 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

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