Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Allied code name 'Frank') was one of Japan's finest
fighters of WW II. It was fast, highly manoeuvrable and well-armed so it was a
match for all Allied fighters it faced. It also had the high-altitude
performance required to intercept B-29 bombers. Designed in 1942, it entered
service in April 1943 but late war shortages of fuel, skilled pilots and
technicians etc meant that it never realised its full potential. Over 3500 were
The Hasegawa 1:72 kit is a one of their last raised line models and has a combination of raised and recessed panel lines, mostly raised. Typical of Hasegawa, the cockpit is pretty bland but since the kit has only a one-piece closed canopy, it's adequate. The sprues are flash-free, and the construction is simple, conventional and poses no problems.
The kit is built OOB and painted in one of the box schemes, the same as the box art. Paints used were Vallejo acrylics, weathered with an oil wash and pastels.
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