At a hobby show in Shizuoka City, Japan this past weekend, Tamiya unveiled the prototype of a new kit that will apparently be released sometime in the new year.
Although no details have yet been released, it appears that the kit will represent the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien in 1/72 scale.
The Japanese Ki-61 fighter was designed by Takeo Doi and Shin Owada and manufactured with a license-built versions of the Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa and 605 engines. The type performed its maiden flight in late 1941 and, although plagued by a number of shortcomings, proved effective against P-40s and was even used to engage B-29 bombers at high altitude. It went on to serve until the end of WW2 with about 3,000 examples being produced.
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