Hasegawa 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Dragon Slayer)
This is the 1/48 scale Hasegawa Ki-45-KAI in the markings of the 3rd Chutai/53rd Sentai based at Matsudo airfield, November 1944.
A full build article of this model appears in March ’09 issue 161 of Tamiya Model magazine.
I have added a bit of grain to these photos through Photoshop just to take away that ‘digital sharpness’.
This was a commission build of one of my favourite I.J.A. aircraft.
This is a beautiful kit with virtually no vices. (None that I can remember anyhow.)
Hydraulic lines were added to the undercarriage legs and an ignition wiring harness was added to the front of each of the Ha 102 engines.
The interior is straight out of the box. I think I probably added a simple scratch-built harness to the pilot’s seat but can’t be sure.
I was so impressed with this kit that I built one for myself.
I built this one in the colours of the aircraft flown by 1st Lt Takumi Yamamoto of the 8th Hakkou-tai, ‘Kinnou-tai’, Special Attack Squadron, based at Nielsen Air Base in the Philippines.
Lt Yamamoto flew this Toryu on its Kamikaze mission on December 7th 1944. This and eight other Nicks were destroyed while attacking U.S. forces in Leyte Gulf.