Marushin MARS014 Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank" Fighter - 73rd Army Squadron, 1944 (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 Hayate (Gale) was specifically meant as the successor to the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa. It was one of the best fighters of the Japanese forces during the closing stages of the War, and was available in useful numbers and without any teething problems.
The origins of the type can be found early in 1941, when the Ki-43 Hayabusa first entered combat, which turned out to be an excellent air-combat fighter. The Imperial Japanese Army Air Force did not want to rest on their laurels, however, and decided that it would plan its successor. Nakajima therefore received orders to start work on a new multi-role fighter with long range capabilities in mind, a high level of protection for the pilot and fuel tanks, a fixed forward-firing armament of 2 - 20 mm Ho-5 cannon and 2 - 0.50 inch (12,7 mm) Type 1 (Ho-103) machine guns, a powerplant of 1 × Nakajima Ha-45 (Army Type 4) radial rated at 1,900 hp (1.417 kW), a max level speed of 423 mph (680 km/h) at optimum altitude, and a combat endurance of 1 hour 30 minutes at a radius of 249 miles (400 km) from base.
Nakajima entrusted the project to a team under the supervision of T. Koyama, and the design was clearly inspired in its basic configuration by the Ki-43 although with a number of features to improve its basic lines and provide higher performance. The design was therefore based on a circular/oval-section fuselage of light alloy semi-monocoque construction carrying the high-set cockpit (with a three-piece canopy including a rearward-sliding central section and providing all-round fields of vision) and the flying surfaces. These comprised a plain tail unit with metal-skinned fixed surfaces and fabric-covered control surfaces, and a cantilever low-set dihedraled wing that was tapered in thickness and chord and carried on its trailing edges the standard combination of outboard fabric-covered ailerons and inboard light alloy split flaps that possessed a combat setting for improved turning capability. It had a fully retractable tailwheel landing gear, which included wide-track main units that retracted inward. Other features of the design were the twin exhausts under the lower rear edge of the cowling, and the centerline provision for a drop tank.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of an Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank" fighter that was attached to the 73rd Army Squadron during1944.
Wingspan: 9 inches
Length: 7-1/4 inches
Release Date: October 2008