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Swallow by itifonhom Swallow by itifonhom
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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homicidal45 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
STUNNING ART MATE!!!!
Rob
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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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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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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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