Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa

Volume II

Dariusz Paduch

Date Published :
May 2022
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Illustration :
92 archival photos, color profiles, drawings in scales
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788366673939
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


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."


"...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

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