RS Models have announced a forthcoming release of 1/48 scale kits of the Mansyu Ki-79 trainer in single-seater and two-seater configurations. Each kit offers three colour scheme and markings options. Box art is very nice, especially the Ki-79a!
The Ki-79a includes markings for 26 and 39 Kyoiku Hikotai and one Indonesian operated aircraft. Ki-79's of the 39th were engaged in an epic dogfight with USN Hellcats over Chiba, Japan on 16 February 1945.
The Ki-79b two-seater kit includes markings for a 113th Shimbu-tai special attacker, an Indonesian operated aircraft and a suspiciously orange looking trainer from an unknown unit in Manchuria (Fengtian/Mukden - now Shenyang, China).
Hat tip to Dan Salamone for kindly alerting me to this announcement.
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