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PostSubject: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 18:48

Now that the new DeAgostini subscription series in Japan has filled in all of the gaps, I can show off my 1:72nd scale diecast collection of WW2 Japanese fighters ( also included are a few pewter birds ) starting with the Ki-27 or "Nate" to the Allies. Approximately 3300 Nates were built between 1937 and 1942 and they formed the bulwark of the Japanese Army's fighter force in China, against the Soviets on the Mongolian border and against the Allies in Burma and Malaya, mainly. The Ki-27 had fixed landing gear, carried only two machine guns and was very maneuverable, but was eventually outclassed by the P-40E and other U.S. and British fighters. Here are four Ki-27 models. The ugly one with the yellow nose is a DeAgostini ( IXO ) model in its original form, but with the dark panel lines painted over. The all gray green model is a code 3 of mine using an Imperial Enterprises pewter model as the base. The others are code 3s of DeAgostini models:


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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 18:54

Next up is another Nakajima fighter, the Ki-43 or "Oscar" to the Allies. This was the Army's upgrade replacement for its Nates and, like them carried only two machine guns but was also very maneuverable and a killer in many dogfights. About 5000 Oscars were built and they served on all fronts until the end of the war, winding up in kamakaze duties.Here is a group of IXO Oscars---all code 3s except for the one in the upper left:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 18:55

Two Oscars by Oxford---both code 3s:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 18:56

And two more Oscars---the one in solid green is a pewter modes; the other is by IXO. Both are code 3s:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:07

Responding to the Allies'dive and run tactics, the next JAF fighter was the Nakajima Ki-44, or "Tojo" to the Allies. This fighter arrived on the scene in 1942 and was heavily armed with four machine guns, at first, and later cannons. It was designed to maximize horizontal speed and climb rate rather than maneuverability, and, even though only 1200 were built the Tojo was an excellent interceptor and served well in that capacity in home defense at the end of the war. DeAgostini has finally filled the void and given us a Tojo and I, of course, have done some code 3s on these models. Here's an example of a cannon mounted ( 40 mm ) Tojo, from late in the war:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:08

Another code 3 Tony:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:10

A Tojo in more or less the same form as originally received---with improvements, of course:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:18

Introduced in 1942, the Kawasaki KI-61, or Tony, to the Allies----reportedly because they mistook it for an Italian MC-202---was unusual in that it used an in-line liquid cooled engine. Well armed with four machine guns, this speedy fighter gave a good account of itself when properly maintained and flown by an experienced pilot. About 3000 were made and they fought on all fronts, including home defense, up to the end. Here's a group of IXO Tonys. Lots of code 3 work here:


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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:19

And a trio of Oxford Tonys:
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:28

The Japanese Army knew it was in trouble by 1942 so Nakajima developed another fighter,the Ki-84, or "Frank" to the Allies, and this very formidable fighter appeared in 1943,giving the Allies---mainly the Americans--- quite a nasty surprise. The Ki-84 had two cannons and two machine guns and was very fast---top speed almost 400mph at 18,000 feet. When properly maintained---not a given---and piloted by an old hand---not many left by 1943-44----the Frank could carry its own weight when confronted with the P-47, F4U, F6F and, some say, even the P-51D. Here's a group picture of some of my Franks as supplied by IXO( under various guises), Oxford and Imperial Enterprises:


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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:42

Finally, the latest to arrive via DeAgostini, is the twin engine Kawasaki Ki-45, or "Nick". This was the Japanese Army's main attempt at a long range fighter---like America''s P-38, Germany's BF-110,France's Potez 630, England's Whirlwind and Holland's Fokker G.1A----all attempting basically the same thing in the late 1930s.Developed in 1938-1940, the Nick was delayed by design and other issues and made its appearance late in 1942. By then it's original role of heavy fighter ans bomber escort was no longer of primary use and many of the 1700 Nick's produced became bomber interceptors, especially over Japanese skies, where they performed fairly well due to their heavy armament and ability to fight at night as well as day. In the latter role, many Nicks mimicked the Germans, by carrying two machine guns angled upwards from behind the pilots' position, as well as their normal firepower supplied by three machine guns and a cannon in the belly.Here's my first DeAgostini Ki-45---a code 4 ( redoing a model without permission so it looks like it should have looked in the first place ):
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sat Mar 18 2017, 19:51

For some reason, some of these pictures are repeating themselves. If it's my fault I apologize guys.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sun Mar 19 2017, 08:10

That's okay. They are great looking models! We can never have too much of them!

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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sun Mar 19 2017, 10:37

That's a beautiful collection of models.
I especially like that camouflaged Thai Ki-27 in the first pic, wouldn't mind building one of those.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1:72nd Scale WW2 Japanese Army Fighters   Sun Mar 19 2017, 16:01

Thanks, Tom and M.
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