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The Nakajima Ki-84 "Hayate" was a single-seat fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II. The Allied reporting name was "Frank", the Japanese Army designation was Army Type 4 Fighter. Featuring excellent performance and high maneuverability, the Ki-84 was considered to be the best Japanese fighter to see large scale operations during World War II. It was able to match any Allied fighter, and to intercept the high-flying B-29 Superfortresses. Its powerful armament (that could include two 30 mm and two 20 mm cannon) increased its lethality. 3,514 aircraft were built.
The Ki-84 Hayate in this image belongs to the 2nd chutai, 101st sentai based at Miyakonojo airfield, Kyushu, Japan, June 1945, according to the book "Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate" by Leszek A. Wieliczko. The pilot is unknown and we see him here trying to intercept some B-29s Superfortresses belonging to the 29th BG, 314 BW which started bombing Japan on 25th February 1945. The location of the fight is just near Mount Fuji. I donīt claim this to be a well researched scene, donīt know if such an encounter ever took place but maybe itīs a probable one.
Credits: Ki84 from bazze, B-29 from Neil Wilson, background image from Takashi H. Textures for both Ki-84 and B-29 created by me. After the image was finished I noticed I missed the aircraft numbers on the B-29s and also I have some day to learn to make some "real" rivets on my textures instead of just "holes" but thatīs it for now.
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LAVENone Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you do this? 10/10, looks so good.
itifonhom Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Just usual 3D workflow, nothing more. Many many thanks for your kind comment!!
thanosdanellis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
polu oreo den iksera oti eise kai esy ellinas ! 
itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  S'euxaristw file, na'sai kala!
EdXCal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Oh my baby! This is the aircraft I used the most in the game Aces High. It could hover like a helicopter! lol In reality it was an amazing machine, close to the performance of a P-51 but far more nimble. Beautiful work!
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you, glad you liked it!!  :-)
Falken02 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
oh my shit!! :OOOOOOOO   Heart
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
 :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) Love  
3DEllesar Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
itifonhom Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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