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New Review: Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) + Camouflage Decals

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The one thing all Japanese fighters in WWII had in common was a radial engine, except for one plane, the Ki-61 Hien which the allies named Tony.  This was powered by a licensed built version of the Daimler-Benz DB601 and not only faced the allied fighters of the day but also had the performance to get to the B-29s altitude.

Tamiya released a new tool of the Tony in 1/48th scale back in 2016 and now has finally shrunk it down to my preferred scale of 1/72nd and a beauty of a model it is.  The 45 grey and 3 clear parts are beautifully molded with fine scribed details.  The low parts count leads to a quick build.  A lovely cockpit is included and the wheel wells look nice.  Markings are included for 3 airframes.  One from the 19th Air Group in Luzon, Philippines, 1945 and two from the 244th Air Group based in Japan.  More on these in a minute.

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