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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shoki, C Mustang and LaGG-3

The 1/48 Scale  "Shidenkai No Maki" Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki (TOJO) Limited Edition aircraft promises "fun with firepower."

And you thought seasoned Air Force veterans make the best combat pilots!  Guess again!
In the Japanese Manga/Anime Shidenkai No Maki, teenage girls prove that they have what it takes to fight to the death in aerial combat.

Customize the Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki model with your choice of two student decal sets: Fuko Yajima "Fujin" or Raina Kitajima "Raijn".

Designed, constructed and flown late in WWII the Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki (TOJO) were armed to the hilt and could 'touch' the untouchable Allied B-29. 

The small Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki model features a tri-propeller, single pilot cockpit, wing-mounted machine guns along with full landing gear. 

It may be small but it packs quite a punch!  Once painted, decaled and assembled the Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki will make a fine addition to any aircraft model maker. 

As with all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the Nakajima Ki44-II Shoki model has tight fitting parts with little or no flashing, exceptional detailing, easy to apply decals and full instructions that make it easy to put the aircraft together.

Also measuring in at 1/48 Scale the Lavochkin LaGG-3 "Finnish Air Force" Limited Edition aircraft model is also from the WWII era.

In a clever use of wordplay the term "Fight to the Finnish" was more true than the Soviets and Finnish people realized.

Construction was of wood-laminate, that added durability, the Lavochkin LaGG-3 was fast, strong and deadly sporting its twin 12.7 mm Berezin UBS machine guns.

During the war the Finnish military captured three Lavochkin LaGG-3  from the Russians that they used primarily as bomber interceptors.  In all 6,500 Lavochkin LaGG-3 were produced.
One look at this formidable aircraft and you can spot why it was so lethal.

It slightly heavier fuselage, powerful tri-propeller engine, sleek contours and solid construction gave the Lavochkin LaGG-3 its heft. 

The models can be fitted with landing gear up or down and modified to represent one of two versions using the decals included.

Get two aircraft model kits for the price of one with the 1/72 Scale P-51B/C Mustang Air Racer (2 kits) Limited Edition model kit.

Flown by the legendary "Speed Queen" (Jacqueline Cochran) to win five Harmon Trophies for outstanding piloting skills the P-51 Mustangs model kit includes new resin dorsal fins and fuselage bulge parts.

Like their equine namesake the P-51 Mustangs are powerful, pack plenty of "horse power" and come out on top in any fight.

Blue or green, you choose.  But why choose when you have both and the option of two markings?


Anyway you choose, you can't loose.  Tri-propellers, heavy armor and armament and plenty of get up and go make the P51B/C WWII era aircraft are horses of a different color.  Saddle up!