Oxford - 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien/Tony IJAAF 244th Sentai, Chofu, Japan, 1944
The 244th Regiment Fighter Group was one of the units attached to the 10th Hiko Shidan (Air Division) which formed a Ki-61 Special Attack Unit and organised ramming attack flight against the enemy, notably US B-29s, at high altitude. Stripped of their heavy armaments enabled them to attain the necessary ceiling and locate the enemy. It is not surprising that few Japanese pilots survived these 'kamikaze' raids, which were relentless.
Chofu Airport is located just north of Tokyo and from 1941 when opened it was used exclusively by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service and it hosted the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hen fighters used for air defence against the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombing raids by the USAAF.
Our 1:72 scale model is a replica of one of the Ki-61s from this era, as flown by the 244th Regiment based at Chofu. It is decorated in the signature red and green Japanese Air Force markings with silver underside and bearing a white combat stripe round the rear fuselage and wings incorporating the red disc. On the underside, the number 16 is printed on each side of the front fuselage and a tiny detail sees the Flying Swallow printed in white on each side of the tail fin.
- Scale: 1/72
- Detailed interior, exterior
- Detailed rotating wheels with real rubber tires
- Oxford Diecast may have some plastic or metal parts
- This model is part of Oxford collection
- An Accurate Scale Model and replica
- Features highly detailed paintwork
- Not a toy, suitable for age 14+
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