Oxford Diecast AC077 – 1/72 Scale Ki – 61-I “Hein” Diecast Model.
Oxford Diecast AC077 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Kawasaki Ki – 61 “Hein” (Flying Swallow), Allied reporting name: Tony, of the 244th Hiko Sentai (Fighter group), 10th Hiko Shidan (Air division), Imperial Japanese Army Air Service (IJAAS).
Oxford Diecast AC077 1/72 scale Kawasaki Ki – 61- I “Hein” diecast model details
|Length||12.4 cm||4.88 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||16.7 cm||6.57 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien ( Flying Swallow)
The Kawasaki Ki-61 “Hien” (Flying Swallow) Allied reporting name: Tony, is a Japanese single-seat, single-engine fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service (IJAAS) during WWII. Designated as the “Army Type 3 Fighter” by the Japanese Army, it first flew in December 1941, entering service in 1942 with training unit, 23rd Chutai. Entered combat for the first time during the New Guinea campaign in early 1943. As the only mass-produced liquid-cooled inline V engined Japanese fighter of the war, Allied pilots initially believed it to be of German or Italian origin. Towards the end of the war a number of Ki-61s were used in kamikaze missions and as part of “Hagakure-Tai” (“Special Attack Unit”), rammed B-29 bombers.
Unlike the Zero, it had self-sealing fuel tanks, armoured windshield and an armour plate behind the pilot. Early aircraft used the Kawasaki Ha40, a license-built Daimler-Benz DB 601A 12-cylinder liquid-cooled inverted-vee aircraft engine. The Ki-61-II used the Kawasaki Ha-140 engine, an uprated Ha40. Both engine models suffered from acute reliability problems. After a bombing raid in January 1945, destroyed the engine factory, airframes were modified to take the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial engine; designated as the Ki-100. The Ha-112 proved far more reliable but lacked performance at altitude, reducing its effectiveness to intercept high-flying B-29 Superfortresses.
The main variants were the Ki-61-I, the first production model and the Ki-61-II with more armour and powered by the Kawasaki Ha-140 engine.
Kawasaki Ki – 61-I KAIc “Hein” Specifications
The Ki-61-I KAIc, a high-altitude interceptor was the most numerous version and featured a modified fuselage 20cm longer (KAI abbreviation of Kaizo, or restructured), a fixed tailwheel replaced the earlier retractable version, and the wings were stronger, allowing for underwing pylons to carry either drop tanks or two 550lb bombs.
- Crew: pilot
- Length: 8.94 m (29 ft 4 in)
- Wingspan: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
- Height: 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in)
- Empty weight: 2,630 kg (5,798 lb)
- Engine: single Kawasaki Ha40 inverted liquid-cooled V-12 piston engine; driving a 3-bladed variable pitch propeller.
- Guns: two 20-millimetre Ho-5 cannon in the fuselage and a 12.7-millimetre Type1 (HO-103) machine guns in each wing
- Ordnance: two 250 kg (550 lb) bombs
- Other: two 200-litre (53 gallons (US)) drop tanks.
- Maximum speed: 580 km/h (360 mph) at 5,000 m (16,000 ft)
- Range: 580 km (360 mi)
- MTOW: 3,470 kg (7,650 lb)
- Service ceiling: 11,600 m (38,100 ft)
Oxford Diecast AC077 – 1/72 scale diecast model of the Kawasaki Ki – 61-I “Hein” (Flying Swallow) Allied reporting name: Tony, of the 244th Hiko Sentai, 10th Hiko Shidan, IJAAS