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The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Swallow) was a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. The first encounter reports claimed Ki-61s were Messerschmitt Bf 109s: further reports claimed that the new aircraft was an Italian design, which led to the Allied reporting name of "Tony". The Japanese Army designation was "Army Type 3 Fighter". It was the only mass-produced Japanese fighter of the war to use a liquid-cooled inline V engine. Over 2,500 Ki-61s were produced, first seeing action around New Guinea in 1943, and continuing to fly combat missions throughout the war.
This artwork depicts the the "Blue 24" Hien of Maj. Kobayashi. Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi started his career in the JAAF as a light bomber pilot over China. He rose to fame as a CO of the 244 Sentai defending the skies over Tokyo in 1944/45. Kobayashi's final credit is 14 (20?) kills, most of them B-29s, and although formally not a "shinten" pilot, he scored his 6th victory on January 27, 1945, by ramming a Superfortress. For this merit he received the Bukosho Medal of Honour . He flew several different Hien and the very fact that the many markings of his aircraft are well documented is a confirmation of his popularity.
(Source: Mark Kaiser and Wikipedia)
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! :eyepopping:
Great work with the details on both aircraft. :D
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you very much!
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
great picture, and if these aircraft could bring down a B-29 they were effective indeed.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much! One of my favourite japanese aircraft for sure!!!  :-)  :-)
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homicidal45 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
STUNNING ART MATE!!!!
Rob
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Rob!!
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WonderGay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to start playing warthunder and the ki-61 hein is a very good air craft indeed. The later models are fitted with 20mm cannons thus making them deadlier; one of the main things taken into consideration while building this aircraft was the survivability of the pilot and the aircraft itself. It was primarily built as a response to aircraft using hit and run tactics. Also, amazing job on the artwork!!!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Played WarThunder quite a lot but played with the German section mostly but you are right, the KI-61 is a good airplane indeed, thanks for commenting!!
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WonderGay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob. The Germans are really hard to start with, but I think the he 112 b-o is worth the while for the lower tiers!!
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NewProvidence Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Awesome looking angle of plane! Love it :D
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you very much!!!
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
GORGEOUS!!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
 Thank you!! :-)
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bweckel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :-)
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MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have always like the Hien, nice job.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :-)
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
one word, 7 words , AMAZING :iconclapplz: :iconclapplz:
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks mate!!! :-)
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Asylums-Impulse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's probably the sexiest ww2 plane I've ever seen.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think that too!
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MHalse Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Another piece of amazing art, very nice! :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks, appreciate your comment!
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KoKoaLover1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KI-61 Tony and Messerschmitt ME-109 look alike
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So much different from the Japanese designs!
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KoKoaLover1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorite German planes is the Messerschmitt ME-163 Komet
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camprobber Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Historic pictures like this always interest me. As my interest in history particularily military history is strong. I have been reading much on the Pacific Theater of WW2. Anyway keep up the excellent work the picture is soooo lifelike. Thank you for sharing.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many many thanks for your kind comment, you´re very welcome!
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Moffata Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Very cool
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks my friend!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Euxaristw file!
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
very cool. Well done!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you my friend!
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CKyHC Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
:< great
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice. I'm told they gave the Australian P-40's on New Guinea a real run for their money.
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bweckel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Everything gave the P-40 a run for it's money ;-)
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not necessarily, the p-40b and c were actually good fighterplanes, escpecially in the hands og the AVG (Flying Tigers). That was because the pilots knew both the pro and cons of the airplane. The Flying Tigers followed the "no dog fighting" rule set up by Claire Chennault.
Lientenants Taylor and Welsh were also able to shoot down seven Japanese planes over Pearl Harbor in the P-40, even in the face of the A6M Zero.
Later versions such as the P-40E were overweight and underpowered, and thus they were underperformers. If I recall correctly (I might be getting this confused with the P-39)was because they added more armor and self sealing fuel tanks.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the "Hien", looks so "european"!! :-) Thank you!
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We should two 'Swallows' together: Japanese and German one.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I need a proper Me262 3D model first! :-)
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