Arma Hobby Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate “Frank” of the 57th Shimbu-tai in 1/72 Scale

This Ki-84 was assigned to a special attack unit, the 57th Shinbu-tai.  It was photographed at Shimodate on 17MAY45, with pilot 2Lt Tetsujiro Karasawa.  The 57th participated in the attack on the U.S. fleet off Okinawa on 25MAY45 which hit several USN ships.  The inscription on the sides can be translated as “must kill” or “sure to kill”.

Construction posts here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2022/07/15/arma-hobby-nakajima-ki-84-hayate-frank-batch-build-in-1-72-scale-part-i/

9 thoughts on “Arma Hobby Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate “Frank” of the 57th Shimbu-tai in 1/72 Scale

  1. Beautiful build as usual, and I love seeing the Hasegawa starter truck make an appearance. It’s a shame we can’t get more Japanese vehicles in our scale for dioramas.
    What are the black patches on the port side and behind the cockpit.

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    1. Thanks Warren! Not exactly sure about the black patches, but they are on the photos here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/sleuthing-with-books-i-cant-read/

      I do remember reading that some ground crew regarded the Kamikaze aircraft as the pilot’s coffin, and went to great lengths to clean up the aircraft, particularly the cockpits. I wonder if this might have been an attempt to paint over chipping with that thought in mind.

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