Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Model Commentary #2c - "Shoki" & "Hayate" IFF stripes

We conclude this series on the IFF stripes of IJAAF single engine fighters with the Nakajima Ki-44 "Shoki" and the Nakajima Ki-84 "Hayate".

The IFF stripes of the "Shoki" were usually similar to the ones "Hayabusa" had because of the shape of the wheel wells. But occasionally they were rather thick and there is at least one exception as shown in the photo further below from FAOW #16 p.29 where the caption says they were red instead of yellow.
Kikuchi Collection
FAOW #16



FAOW#16
 

The IFF stripes of the "Hayate" were a lot narrower compared to all the other IJAAF fighters. They were also very close to the wing leading edge and didn't touch the wheel covers. Check your references for possible exceptions though where the top part could be thicker.





That's it about the IFF stripes for the moment. We will come back with the IJNAF fighters very soon.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am currently building Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Hayate. This helps a lot.

Thanks,
Windswords

F_IV said...

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