Hasegawa Mitsubishi G3M2 “Nell” of the 901 Kōkūtai in 1/72 Scale

This is the Hasegawa G3M2 “Nell”.  The subject aircraft was found on wrecked Naha Airfield on Okinawa on 1 April 1945 and was extensively photographed by American troops. It was assigned to the 901 Kōkūtai, a maritime patrol unit which was equipped with several different aircraft types.  The “C” marking on the fuselage side was a visual aid to formation flying while on anti-submarine patrol; at the proper distance the “C” would appear to be a closed circle.

The model was built out of the box, with only tape belts added to the interior.  Hinomaru were painted using Maketar masks, the remaining markings are kit decals.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi G4M2 “Betty” of the 708 Hikotai of the 762 Kokutai in 1/72 Scale

This is Hasegawa’s Mitsubishi G4M2 Type 1 Land Based Attack Bomber Model 22, Allied reporting name “Betty”.    It is marked as a machine of the 708 Hikotai of the 762 Kokutai.  This unit was decimated in the Philippines in 1944.  Insignia are painted using Maketar masks, the tail codes are from the kit and were well behaved.  I also used a canopy mask set which is very helpful with the greenhouse canopies.  You can see into the cockpit area through the canopy and to a lesser extent into the nose and tail positions.  It wouldn’t be a total waste to detail these areas although not an absolute requirement either.  The most useful reference I found was the Revi volume, very thorough with a separate plan sheet in 1/72 scale and color side profiles.  My subject is from one of the profiles in that book.

Hasegawa Grumman F4F-4 of MM1 Donald Runyon in 1/72 Scale

Machinist’s Mate First Class Donald Runyon grew up on a farm in Alamo, Indiana and joined the Navy at the age of twenty-one.  He earned his wings as an enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot.  Assigned to VF-6 operating from the USS Enterprise (CV-6) in August of 1942, he scored a total of eight victories in the Wildcat during the Guadalcanal Campaign, including three Aichi D3A Vals and an A6M2 Zero on 24AUG42.  Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he added three more victories during a second tour with VF-18 aboard USS Bunker Hill (CV-17).  Runyon survived the war, an ace with eleven victories to his credit.

Hasegawa Grumman Wildcat V of 842 NAS in 1/72 Scale

HMS Fencer (D64) was a Bogue-class escort carrier transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease, where they were known as the Attacker class.  Fencer operated in the Atlantic in the convoy escort role, typically carrying a composite airgroup of Wildcats and Avengers.  This is a Wildcat V of 842 NAS which operated aboard Fencer during the Summer of 1944.  The aircraft is camouflaged in the Temperate Sea scheme, decals are from Xtradecal sheet X72-141.

Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate “Frank” of the 58th Shimbu-tai in 1/72 Scale

This is a re-build of an old Hasegawa kit to represent an aircraft of the 58th Shinbu-tai.  The original model was finished several decades ago.  It was repainted and received several detail enhancements, and decals for the Arma Hayate kits.  Tail markings are from an old SuperScale decal sheet.  The fuel truck is the old Hasegawa release form the 1970s, coincidentally another re-built kit.

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RS Models Kawasaki Ki-100 of Major Yohei Hinoki in 1/72 Scale

Yohei Hinoki was originally posted to the 64th Sentai in Malaya, flying as the wingman the Sentai commander, Major Tateo Kato (18 victories).  Hinoki was credited with a shared victory over a Blenheim on 08DEC41, and two Hurricanes over Singapore on 31JAN42.  On 10APR42 Hinoki’s Ki-43 was shot up by an American Volunteer Group P-40 piloted by Robert Smith (8 victories).  Smith claimed the Oscar as a probable.  Hinoki was wounded, but managed to nurse his damaged aircraft back to his base in Thailand.

Hinoki recovered from his injuries and returned to flight status.  He claimed a Mustang on 25NOV43.  Two days later the 64th intercepted a large American strike against Insein.  Hinoki was credited with a P-51, P-38, and B-24 from this force, but his aircraft was shot up by a Mustang piloted by 2Lt Robert Mulhollem (5 victories).  Mulhollem claimed the Oscar as a probable, but again Hinoki was able to land his damaged aircraft.  This time a .50 caliber bullet had shattered Hinoki’s right leg which had to be amputated.

After convalescing in Japan Hinoki was fitted with a wooden leg and assigned as an instructor pilot at the Akeno Army Flying School.  As the war situation deteriorated, the IJAAF began forming interceptor flights from instructor cadre and Hinoki, now a Major, led the flight from Akeno.  On 16JUL45 he claimed a 457th Fighter Squadron Mustang piloted by CAPT John Binbow for his final victory.

Major Yohei Hinoki survived the war and was credited with 12 victories.  He passed away in 1991.

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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”.

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Arma Hobby Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate “Frank” of the 47th Sentai in 1/72 Scale

This aircraft is from the 3rd Chutai, 47th Sentai at Narimasu, Japan, February 1945.  The white bands under the Hinomaru are Home Defense bands, applied to aircraft operating from the Home Islands during the last year of the war.  The drop tanks were also associated with units based in Japan, they were painted yellow to allow for easier location and potential re-use.

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