Ki-84 Type 4 Hayate
Ki-84 Hayate (Gale)
images by Brett Green
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Ki-84 Type 4 Hayate is available
online from Squadron
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Ki-84
Type 4 Hayate is a gorgeous kit.
The surface features are
magnificent, detail is great and the fit is almost flawless. The only
problem I had was keeping the landing legs properly aligned, as they are
secured with Hasegawa's ubiquitous nylon washers. Consequently, the gear
legs can easily be twisted. The cleanup and installation of the tiny
navigation lights also proved to be tricky.
I made the following minor
changes to the kit:
Added brake lines from fine
Scratchbuilt the small,
retractable step on the lower port side of the fuselage from stretched
sprue and plastic rod.
Installed aerial wire using
invisible mending thread (nylon monofilament)
Added a wiring harness to
the engine from lead solder. The engine crankcase was drilled out to
ensure a secure location for each ignition wire.
The gun barrels and exhaust
stacks were also drilled out using my Arlec Motor Tool. This inexpensive
power tool is connected to a model railway transformer, permitting it to
operate at low enough speeds not to melt the plastic used in most kits.
The model was painted using my Aztek A470 airbrush fitted
with the "Fine" tan-coloured tip.
Lower surfaces were painted with a mix of 50% Tamiya XF-14
JA Grey and 5% Gunze H62 IJA Grey.
Upper surfaces were painted with a mix of 50% Tamiya XF-51
Khaki Drab and 50% Gunze H60 IJA Green.
The cockpit interior was painted Gunze H62 Metallic Blue
Green with the seat in Tamiya XF-14 JA Grey and the seat cushion in Tamiya
Wheel wells, the inside of the Fowler flaps and the gear
doors were given a coat of Tamiya X-11 Chrome Silver enamel.
The leading edge stripes, the narrow propeller stripes and
tips were all masked using Tamiya masking tape and sprayed yellow.
Weathering was applied in my usual way, spraying a thin
mix of Black and Red Brown along panel lines and in the occasional random
streak, with a thin wash completing this post-shading. Damage to the wing
root walkway was simulated using a silver artist's pencil.
Markings were sourced from Aeromaster's decal sheet
SP48-06 "Special Attack Squadrons"..
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