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Kawasaki Ki-61 Kai (ARC) 1/12th scale
 

         


      

Designed for the Imperial Japanese Air Force. It was specifically designed as a high altitude interceptor with more armour and powerful engines.  After solving initial fuselage and wing problems the improved interceptor was put into service as "Ki-61-II KAI".
When the Allied first saw it in action they thought it was either a German Me109 or Italian Macchi modification, but the Japanese designers had just learned lessons from these outstanding fighters and incorporated them in their new design. The Allies codenamed the new weapon "Tony".

Introduced into combat in 1943, the Tony saw constant action against the Allied advance.

In 1945 the allies succeeded in destroying production of the Ha-140 engine, Kawasaki then fitted the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial engine
into already completed airframes. The new fighter became the most formidable fighter ever produced by the Japanese. The first unit  equipped with this fighter engaged US Navy fighters over Okinawa, and destroyed 14 US Hellcats with no losses to themselves.
The good handling and easily serviced Ki-61 Tony fought well against the Allies until the end, but wasn't produced in sufficient numbers to affect the outcome.
Specifications
Wingspan 1030 mm
Fuselage Length 830 mm
Radio Required aileron, throttle, elevator,
rudder (optional)
Engine Required Glow .20 -.25 / 3.5 -4.1 cm³ 2-Stroke
EP  Mega 22.20.3E / 22.30.3 Actro CL4
Our Aircombat Ki-61 Tony kit has a very light and also very strong fibreglass fuselage with moulded in tail.
This allows for fast building.
Ready to cover wings and flat tail are pre-made from veneered foam, and balsa.
Fibreglass cowling. Canopy, included.
Clear well illustrated diagrams & instructions.
If you choose the electric power option recommended  it will take off ground and fly as good as or better than the glow version.

     

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