Tamiya’s 1/72 Scale Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien “Tony”

Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien, Allied reporting name “Tony”. The model depicts one of the aircraft flown by Major Teruhiko Kobayashi, Commanding Officer of the 244 Sentai in early 1945.  Kobayashi was credited with twelve victories, two Hellcats and ten B-29s, one of the B-29s by ramming.

This is the new 1/72 scale Tamiya kit finished out of the box. In my experience Tamiya kits have always represented the state of the mold-making art and this one is no exception.  The kit is flawless, fit is perfect.  I would have liked to have seen drop tanks and an option for an open canopy but those are the only things I’d change.

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