Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa


Mariusz Lukasik

Date Published :
April 2017
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Series :
Illustration :
23 drawings sheets,6 color profiles
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788364596711
Pages : 28
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The events of World War 2 proved beyond any doubt that the strategic bombing campaign greatly contributed to the Allies’ ultimate victory over Nazi Germany. British night bombing raids and daylight carpet bombing missions flown by the USAAF crews rained destruction on German cities killing thousands of civilians in the process. Amidst this massive loss of civilian life the destruction of German industrial targets seemed almost like a side note. The arms race that kicked off even before the war began produced military aircraft capable of reaching ever higher operational ceilings. At first thin air at high altitudes was the domain of reconnaissance machines, but before long fighter and bomber aircraft began to venture there as well. In those early days high-altitude flight was a challenging business: it required the use of pressurized cockpits and boosted powerplants
capable of delivering adequate power at altitude.


"Number 27 in their 'Top Drawings' series from Kagero, this one tackles the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) and known to the Allies as the 'Oscar'.  First flown in December 1938 it served throughout WW2, with a series of upgrades over the years to improve engine power, protection and armament.  This holds 23 pages containing a page of background information in both English and Polish which is then followed by 9 pages of excellent 3-view drawings in 1/72 covering the Ki-43-I, -II and -III with early, mid and late productions variants as appropriate.  That leads to another 14 pages of 1/48 drawings and 4 pages of fine colour profiles.  The final two pages of the book have 1/72 side views, and a guide to the external differences between all the different variants of the aircraft over its' production history.  Finally, tucked into the book is a separate sheet which folds out to hold the scale drawings in the larger scale of 1/32 as well."

- Military Modelling

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