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Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:18:26 pm »
Nakajima Ki-27b Nate
Personal mount of Lt. Shūichi Gonda
2nd Chutai, 17th Sentai, Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
Melaka, Malaya
January, 1942



Despite being obsolete, poorly armed and somewhat slow, Nakajima's Ki-27 played a significant role in the Japanese offensives of late 1942 and early 1942.



The unusually large white ring around the fuselage Hinomaru was peculiar to the 17th Sentai during the Malayan campaign. The official explanation was that it was an experiment to test positive identification whilst flying against an enemy that also had national markings that featured a red dot at their centre. Unofficially, it was an acknowledgement that friendly fire (especially from anti-aircraft gunners) was a potential issue. Whatever the case, it was soon abandoned after the fall of Singapore.



This Ki-27b of the 9th Sentai was the personal mount of Lt. Shūichi Gonda, who scored 3 air-to-air kills during the Malayan campaign in this aircraft (the kills markings can be seen to the right of the Hinomaru in the port side). They were a Bristol Blenheim and a Handley-Page Hampden (both RAF) and a RAAF Brewster Buffalo. He went on to a total score of 15, the remainder of his kills being scored whilst flying the Ki-43 in Burma.




Before Japan's December, 1941 offensives, Nakajima's Ki-43 Oscar was rapidly replacing the Ki-27 in front line service. The Ki-43 was essentially a re-engined and updated Ki-27 powered by the liquid-cooled Ha-40, a Daimler Benz DB601 clone. The Ki-43-11 was powered by the Ha-140 (DB605 equivalent) and the Ki-43-111 used the Ha-240 (a licence-built DB603).


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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 12:50:57 pm »
Do my identifaction skills defy me or is that a Macchi 200??? If it is, it is inspired.... Brilliant.
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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 05:31:55 pm »
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Do my identifaction skills defy me or is that a Macchi 200???

It is indeed a Macchi C.200 (Revell). The Ki-43-I as hinted will be a MC.202 (day fighter underway) and the -II the MC.205 (possibly a night fighter), from the Italeri double boxing. Picked them up together and got down to building as soon as I got home. Not trying to over-think these, just plunge into them.
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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 12:22:23 pm »
Really looking forward to seeing the MC205....One of my faveourite WW2 aircraft.
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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2013, 07:58:32 pm »
Nice one. The camo looks awesome on her !

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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 07:19:33 am »
Oh yes, looks right
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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 09:45:19 am »
Nice :thumbsup:
Looks very 'Gladiator' like in a Monoplanish sort of way....
If you see what I mean :blink:

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Re: Nakajima trilogy Pt.1: Ki-27b Nate
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 03:43:22 pm »
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Looks very 'Gladiator' like in a Monoplanish sort of way....
If you see what I mean

I do.

And the MC.202 is nearly done.

Thanks for the positive comments on this one.

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