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Arma Hobby 1/72 scale Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Expert Set plastic model kit review

Builds beautifully, but beware the fragile parts
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The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Allied code name Frank) didn’t enter service until late 1944. Armor plating protected the pilot, and self-sealing fuel tanks combined with excellent maneuverability, high speed, and good armament make for a formidable fighter. Unfortunately, production problems and the lack of experienced pilots prevented it from showing its full potential.

The Ki-84 has not been particularly well represented in 1/72 scale models. This new release from Arma Hobby is sure to eclipse all others in terms of fit and detail. Included in the end-opening box is a single sprue molded in gray containing all the major parts, a clear sprue for the canopy, a small fret of photo-etched metal (PE) parts, a sheet of die-cut masks for the canopy and wheels, and decals for six marking options. The molded parts feature crisp, recessed panel lines and rivet detail and absolutely no sign of flash, sink marks, or ejector-pin marks in visible areas.

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