Kawasaki Ki-84 Hayate Decals Part 2
The Ki-84 Hayate was the premier Japanese fighter of the war. It also sported some really colorful markings that are a natural for an airplane modeler.
The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color. Five aircraft are included in the decals. The exterior sheet has the three-view drawings and the references used to design the decals.
The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf and are very colorful. They are in perfect register and thin. In my opinion, Cartograf is the best decal producer in the world. I’ve used all kinds of setting solutions on them and they perform flawlessly. The decals not only include the aircraft markings but also some stencils.
The first Hayate has never before been seen in print, let alone as a decal. The aircraft has a unique spackled look to it with a beautiful white tiger on the tail. This aircraft was flown by Lt. Shuho Yamana of Army Transportation Unit in the fall of 1944.
The second aircraft is from Corporal Shimizu in May, 1945. This kamikaze aircraft pays honor to the pilot’s family with a special marking on the vertical tail. It’s painted in the typical Yellow-Green #7 with some areas being repainted.
The third aircraft is from Lt. Col. Wakamatsu and is based on the research of the aircraft of the unit and pilot. There are no known photos of this aircraft. This entire profile is based in of research. With that said, the red and white markings make for a colorful aircraft.
Fourth, this training aircraft has a rather unique looking tail marking with diagonal lines and a white surround. The rest of the airframe is pretty standard.
The last aircraft on the sheet is my favorite. It is a Ki-84 flown by WO Yojiro Obusa in China during 1945. The red and white lightning bolt from the tail to the Hinomaru, complete with a white fuselage stripe, makes for a quite striking aircraft. WO Obusa had 19 victories and one British destroyer to his credit, which earned him a Buko-sho Medal in 1945.
Five colorful marking options printed by Cartograf, along with excellent research and some educated speculation, allows Lifelike Decals to offer a great deal of artwork for the modeler’s money.
Thanks to Lifelike Decals for the review copy and IPMS-USA for the review space.