Nakajima K-43 Hayabusa, code-named Oscar by the Allies, was the Imperial Japanese Army’s equivalent of the Zero fighter in service with the Imperial Navy. In combat units the machine replaced the aging Ki-27. Manufactured in large numbers, the fighter remained in frontline service until the end of the war. By the time its final version entered production, the development of its successor – the Ki-84 – had already started. The Ki-43 was a very maneuverable machine, but in many areas it was inferior to its adversaries. Despite its fragile design, poor armament and almost no armored protection, the Ki-43 was well-liked by the Japanese pilots and it became a symbol of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. Hayabusa was the pinnacle of the Japanese fighter design development until the lessons learned in the Pacific laid the ground for new approaches to the construction of tactical aircraft.
"...a neat book about the Japanese Oscar." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"If you're looking for more information on the Ki-43's operational history Kagero's second monograph is a great place to start; particularly if you're looking for period photographs of some of the Hayabusa's more interesting and complex camouflage patterns." ~Internet Modeler
"The weathering effects on the paint on several of the aircraft shown is interesting." ~IPMS/USA
"...there are a lot of nice period photos as a section that provides full color profiles." ~ModelingMadness.Com
"...the photos represent a cross section of captured machines, as well as some Japanese wartime photos, and color profiles." ~Large Scale Planes
“The introduction includes what I found to be a very clear and helpful explanation of the organisation of the Japanese air units, from squadrons through to groups, and how it adapted during the war. The final 4-pages of the book, plus the back cover, have some very nice colour profile artwork, plenty to tempt the modellers among us. I found this interesting reading and some of the missions flown to give an insight into the wide spectrum of operations these aircraft had to fly.” ~Military Model Scene
“…an exciting and very useful book for enthusiasts, students, modelers of the iconic Oscar.” ~Aeroscale