William Davis has very kindly shared these images of his model of the Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki 'Tojo' built from the 1/48 Hasegawa kit and representing an aircraft of Hiko Dai 29 Sentai in August 1944. William replaced kit parts with a True Details seat and Quickboost exhaust, as well as using Eduard masks.
After assembly of the main components the model was primed and painted overall with Tamiya aluminium as a base coat. William then sprayed a cheap hairspray onto the aluminium before applying the top coats of Tamiya XF-13 J.A. Green on the upper surfaces and XF-14 J.A. Grey on the under surfaces with AK 2071 to highlight panel lines. He then chipped the paintwork with a moistened toothpick and also used fine sandpaper pressed into the paint to simulate micro scratches. The decals used were from Revi sheet # 48005 for the Ki-44.
In February 1944 the 29th Sentai was reformed as a fighter regiment at Hailang, Manchuria from the 29th Dokuritsu Hikotai, a reconnaissance unit and part of the 13th Air Brigade, converting first to the Ki-27 and then the Ki-44. On 6 May 1944 the Brigade, then consisting of the 29th, 30th and 31st Sentai, was formally transferred to the 8th Air Division on Formosa (Taiwan). The 29th departed Manchuria on 3 July with 38 Shoki but lost 17 aircraft during the staged movement across China with only 21 arriving at Taipei. The Sentai Commander Maj Takeo Kawada felt the losses were due to insufficient training on type so despatched the main force of the unit to Hsiaochiang airfield for further training, retaining only nine aircraft at Taipei under Capt Masatsugu Tsuchihashi, the Hikotai and 1st Chutai leader, for air defence duties.
From 8 November 1944 the unit served in the Philippines from main and auxiliary airfields at Zablan near Manila with about 20 Ki-44 where it suffered heavy losses with 15 pilots killed in action, including Capt Tsuchihashi the newly appointed Sentai commander who fell in combat on 7 December 1944. On 13 November the unit was heavily engaged with USN carrier aircraft raiding across the Manila area, claiming nine enemy aircraft destroyed and two probables for the loss of six aircraft and four pilots which included the 3rd Chutai leader Lt Tokuji Chiji-iwa. Following the raids a total of 30 USN aircraft were reported as losses, including 10 Hellcats, with 11 pilots missing or killed. The surviving elements of the Sentai's Philippines deployment were withdrawn to Formosa in January 1945. During service in the Philippines the unit had begun conversion to the Ki-84 Hayate. It remained in Formosa until the end of the war but participated in the Okinawa campaign.