Zegeye (Zbyszek Malicki) has very kindly shared these images of his builds of two 1/72 Army special attackers, a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa 'Oscar' and Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien 'Tony'.
The Hayabusa is the Special Hobby Ki-43-III Ko kit from 2010 with additional drop tank and bomb borrowed from the recent Arma Hobby Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate 'Frank' kit.
The 5th Rensei Hikotai maintained detachments at various Chinese airfields and on 27 February 1945 Hiens from this unit were encountered as far south as Hong Kong. The unit's red arrowhead 'V' tail insignia was painted in white on the tokkô aircraft. Before the unit departed Xī jiāo airfield at Beijing for Ashiya airfield in Japan each pilot's name was painted in white below the cockpit preceded by the character 故 for late or deceased and the characters 血風隊 for 'Keppu-tai' on the fuselage. 3rd shotai leader 2nd Lt. Toshiro Kubokawa noted that his assigned aircraft, a new Hien, Aikoku # 7436, donated by Mr Etsutaro Ichihara, was painted matt black like a crow on the upper surfaces with plain red hinomaru.
Both kits were finished with Gunze (Mr Hobby) paints and Create 301 decals. With special thanks to Zegeye for sharing the images here.
Image credit:- All model photographs © 2022 Zbyszek Malicki; 110th Shinbu-tai Ki-61 photo author