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.