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TopDrawings No.80 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien - Kagero Publishing via Casemate UK


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TopDrawings No.80 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien


Kagero Publishing via Casemate UK




The Ki-61 was the only mass produced Japanese fighter to use a liquid cooled inline V engine of WWII. Initially Allied pilots reported it as a Bf 109, or Macchi C202.  Kawasaki developed the fighter for the Japanese Army around its licence built Daimler Benz DB 601a engine.  Armament was 2 20mm cannon and 2 12.7mm machine guns. 




We have new and old kits for the Ki-61 with the new Tamiya ones being very good. The TopDrawings series majors on scale plans, which is the main thrust, but also includes a little background information, some pertinent profiles,  The book is written in English on the left of the page, with Polish on the right, which translates to top and bottom for the captions to the various drawings within.  The book itself is bound in a card cover and has 20 pages, and the rear cover devoted to additional profiles of two G-2s and a loose A3 sheet printed on both sides with overhead plans mentioned above.  The first half of the plans show the aircraft, then there are a series of colour profiles. 






These books are essential for the modeller that enjoys comparing their models against scale plans, and wants them to be as accurate as possible,


Highly recommended.




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