.: Min Hin Chong's Hobbycraft 1/72nd Ki-44 Shoki

The Shoki (Demon or Devil Queller) was the first and only specialised
interceptor of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. Specifically built as such,
the design started in the period immediately after Nakajima’s start on the
creation of the Ki-43 Hayabusa as an exceptional air-combat fighter optimized
for the dogfighting role. At this time the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
decided, in a major turnaround of its operational philosophy, that it also
needed an interceptor in which agility would be sacrificed to speed and climb
rate. Issued to Nakajima, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force’s requirement
called for a fixed forward-firing armament of 2 × 0.5 in (12,7 mm) and 2 × 0.303
in (7,7 mm) machine guns, a maximum level speed of 373 mph (600 km/h) at 13,125
ft (4.000 m), and a climb to 13,125 ft (4.000 m) in 5 minutes 0 seconds.


Click to magnify

Click to magnify

 

Click to magnify

Click to magnify

Web site contents Copyright Eastern Suburbs Scale Modelling Club 2013, All rights reserved.