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CMK Detail Sets for the Special Hobby Ki-43 II/III Hayabusa -- 1:72 Scale

 

The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Allied codename “Oscar”) was a single-engine land-based fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force during World War II.  It bore a strong resemblance to the Mitsubishi A6M Zero.  The Haybusa was light and very nimble and it shot down more Allied aircraft than any other Japanese fighter.  During the final months of the war, many Ki-43s were repurposed for kamikaze missions.  Special Hobby produces a very a nice Oscar in 1:72 scale, and these two detail sets from their sister company CMK are intended to complement that kit.

CMK #7408- Ki-43 II/III Cockpit:  the five cast resin parts in this set serves as a near-complete replacement for the kit cockpit.  You’ll use the kit’s rudder pedals, but here, you have a new, two-part pilot’s seat, stick, cockpit floor, and instrument panel.  The resin instrument panel has a small sheet of clear acetate with instrument dials printed on them to provide some indication of dial faces (which are super fine in this scale, of course).

CMK #7409- Ki-43 II/III Control Surfaces:  the Special Hobby Ki-43’s control surfaces are molded integrally into the airframe.  If you’re like me and often prefer to have separate control surfaces (to me, it’s a more interesting visual presentation for most aircraft), this set will take you far with your Oscar.  Following a little razor-saw surgery to remove the kit’s rudder and ailerons and subsequent clean-up, these resin parts are designed to drop straight in.  The set also provides a new set of cast resin horizontal stabilizers with separate elevators designed to simply replace the kit parts.

The overall quality of these three sets are excellent.  Casting is flawless (no defects, warping, or other problems).  Panel lines are nicely done where they are called for and they are delicately recessed.  Used either alone or in combination, these sets will bring some nice touches to the 1:72 scale Special Hobby Oscar.

Sincere thanks are owed to Special Hobby for the review samples.  You visit them on the web at http://www.specialhobby.info and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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