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Marushin Japan

Type Fighter
Marushin item no. S-14
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Ki-84 Hayate, Nakajima Army Type 4 Fighter, No. 327
The oddist thing about this model is the canopy, which doesn't fit and is wavey instead of clear. The canopy frame is poorly painted, and my copy had the clear image of a paint-covered fingerprint on the inside of the wind screen. The landing gear covers have a jagged seam running down the middle. Various pieces, like the oil cooler under the cowling, are painted while still mounted on a mold tree, so taking the piece off the tree leaves a jagged unpainted spot behind. Some details like the tail wheel aren't painted, and mind you, this on a relatively expensive model. Hobby Master does a much better job at half the price. Mmmmm.

Generally, when it comes to likes, there's the heft and solidity. Despite what that fellow Newton said, I believe if you drop the HM P-51D shown in some of these pictures at the same time as the Hayate, the Hayate would hit first, and probably leave a dent in the floor. But more than that, the Marushin looks good and is faithful to the original fighter in form and outline. In addition, the model is of a Japanese airplane, and I don't know of another model-maker that produces such a variety of models from that nation in any scale with such fidelity. Come to think of it, it is rather odd that Hobby Master has shown no interest in making Imperial Japanese types; maybe that's because of a general lack of interest in the customer base. Don't know...however, there's probably an academic study out somewhere: "A Survey of Diecast Model Desireability in Collectors Ages 14 through 65", or some such. (Chapter 5 may be titled: "Imperial Japanese Diecast: Taking a Chance with Your Bottom Line".)


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