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Arma Hobby 1/72 Ki-84 Hayate Special Attack Squadrons Plastic Model Kit

Arma Hobby 1/72 Ki-84 Hayate Special Attack Squadrons Plastic Model Kit

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Special Attack Squadrons, Kamikadze, and Shimbu-tai

Japanese attacks, in which planes and pilots crashed into the decks of Allied ships, bring to mind the word "Kamikaze". However, the name "Divine Wind" was used only in the Naval Air Force (IJNAF) and is more popular in the Western world than in Japan. Similar formations of the Army Aviation (IJAAF) created a little later were called "Shinfu", and specific units received a number supplemented with the name "Shimbu-tai". The latter is to be understood as a “Special Attack Unit”.

Initially, the Ki-84 Hayate, which was then the Army's most modern fighter aircraft, was not intended to equip the Shimbu-tai. However, the low efficiency of attacks of older types (eg Ki-51 or Ki-27) forced a change in the approach of the Headquarters. The speed and manoeuvrability of the Hayate gave it a better chance of breaking through the cordon of American fighters and the wall of barrage ships' fire. Thus, the Hayate became one of the main participants in the fierce struggle known as the Battle of Okinawa. Several hundred machines of this type took part in it, used both for special attacks and as their escort by regular Sentai fighter units.

Markings and colours included:

  • Ki-84 Ko Hayate - 57 Shimbu-tai, pilot: Tadashi Kono, Miyakonojo airfield, Kyushu, Japan, 1945
  • Ki-84 Ko Hayate - 58 Shimbu-tai, pilot: Lt. Toku Ueda, Miyakonojo airfield, Kyushu, Japan 1945
  • Ki-84 Ko Hayate - 195 Shimbu-tai, pilot: Lt. Fujiyama Nobuho, Awaji, Yura Airfield, Japan 1945

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