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Hasegawa Models Kawasaki Ki45Kai Hei Toryu (Nick) "Manchoukuo Air Corps"

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Hasegawa Models 07315
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Kawasaki Ki45Kai Hei Toryu (Nick) "Manchoukuo Air Corps"
Hasegawa Models 07315

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Hasegawa Models

Hasegawa Models Kawasaki Ki45Kai Hei Toryu (Nick) "Manchoukuo Air Corps"

- Scale: 1:48
- For Ages: 14+
- Assembly: Requires Glue
- Availability: In Stock
- Price: $53.23

Item Description

In response to the rapid emergence in Europe of twin-engine heavy fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 110, the army ordered development of a twin-engine, two-seat fighter in 1937, and assigned the proposal by Kawasaki Shipbuilding the designation of Ki-38. This only went as far as a mock up, but by December of that year, the army ordered a working prototype as the Ki-45, which first flew in January 1939. Results from the test flights, however, did not meet the army's expectations. The Ha-20 Otsu engine was underpowered and failure-prone, while the airframe suffered from nacelle stall.

The Ki-45 did not enter use, but the army, insistent on having a working twin-engine fighter, ordered Kawasaki to continue development. Kawasaki responded by replacing the engines with the proven Nakajima Ha-25. Flight tests were promising.

In October 1940, the army ordered continued improvements such as switching to 805 kW (1,080 hp) Mitsubishi Ha-102 engines. This craft, designated Ki-45 Kai, was complete in September 1941 and was officially adopted for use by the army in February 1942 as the "Type 2 Two-Seat Fighter".


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